Music Performance - Voice

Music Performance - Voice

The vocal arts area is committed to the highest standard of excellence across multiple disciplines, including performance and music education, and offers performance opportunities to all voice students, regardless of their degree program.

The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately twelve to one. The small size of the program and our small class sizes ensure that students receive the individualized attention needed for the highest level of success.

Each vocal arts faculty member is an active performer and specialist in his or her particular performance medium, allowing every student to receive professional training across many fields, including art song, oratorio, opera, musical theater, new music, diction, vocal pedagogy, and teaching methods.

Faculty members hold their own individual studio classes, and students also perform repertoire for the entire vocal arts area in a weekly voice recital hour. Students perform frequently in both degree-required recitals and non-degree recitals and are eligible to audition for various solos in the choral ensembles and for roles in MSU Opera Theatre productions.



Uncommon Pursuits.

MSU voice graduates have gone on to sing leading roles at major American, European, and Asian opera houses and on Broadway. They have appeared as soloists with many of America’s prominent symphony orchestras and choral societies. In addition, they have produced recordings and have received numerous competitive awards. Graduates are often accepted to prestigious graduate programs and have won numerous awards, including Metropolitan Opera Outstanding Young Artist, Metropolitan Opera District Winners and Regional Finalists, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Winner, Richard Tucker Foundation winner, George London Foundation winner, and Placido Domingo International Zarzuela Competition winner.

Alumni work at:

  • Merola Young Artist Program (San Francisco Opera)
  • Houston Grand Opera Studio
  • Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers
  • Seattle Opera Young Artist Program
  • Chautauqua Opera Studio and Apprentice Program

Alumni work as:

  • Performers
  • Educators
  • Scholars
  • Composers

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