Core Curriculum:

// Vocal Performance // Ensembles // Advanced Theory // Theory & Harmony // Chorale // Musical Theatre // Movement for Vocalists

The On-Site Audition Includes:

  • Performance of a series of unrehearsed musical assignments provided on-site, and
  • Performance of a musical selection not to exceed two minutes from the following categories: Sacred/Gospel, Classical, Patriotic or Musical Theatre. Applicants may perform a capella or provide their own accompaniment.
  • A piano will be available for your audition. Recorded accompaniment with no background vocals may be used, a CD player will be provided.

News & Events

MSA Vocal Music Presents 2019 Spring Chorale Concert
Apr 26, 2019 6:00pm, Lampton Auditorium

2019 Senior Vocal Music Showcase
May 10, 2019 7:00pm, Lampton Auditorium


MSA Chorale Opens 2019 Legislative Session in House of Representatives

Lawmakers from around Mississippi convened upon the capital city of Jackson on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, to begin the 2019 legislative session. Opening the session by the House Speaker was the post ofRead More…
By : MSA Newsroom | Jan 11, 2019


Patton Rice, director of vocal music at the Mississippi School of the Arts, has been a soloist and has performed at Carnegie Hall several times. As a baritone, he has distinguished himself as a performer and soloist with several symphony orchestras, opera and theater companies throughout the state, nation and abroad. Rice’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Auburn University, and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, where he is an ABD doctoral candidate.

“I teach voice class with a lot of one-on-one. They get choral preparation, musical training, as well as solo preparation.”


Cindy Hunter is a seasoned collaborative accompanist with many years of instrumental experience. Her contribution to the vocal music program is exemplified by personal training with students, along with the entire MSA Chorale.