An instructor stands near the piano and offers advice to a vocalist
A row of students sing from folders
An accompanist and voice student perform for the class
A row of students laugh at a joke
Ben Smolder conducts the SVI class
An accompanist and student perform for the class
A student holds an open folder of music

Schmidt Vocal Institute

Schmidt Vocal Institute

The Schmidt Vocal Institute (SVI) is a program developed and funded by the William E. Schmidt Foundation and directed by Miami University alumna Linda McAlister (MM '01). The Schmidt Foundation has strong roots in the Miami University arts programs, supporting the William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition and contributing to scholarships for students in the Miami University College of Creative Arts. 


About the William E. Schmidt Foundation

As part of its mission the William E. Schmidt Foundation provides support and encouragement to youth in the arts. Annually the Foundation provides scholarships and support to over one hundred and fifty students in the arts.