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Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: Voice

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Music Performance

Requirements for All Performance Majors

Majors in performance must give a solo public performance in the junior year and a full-length senior recital. A performance major must be within 2 semesters of graduation to present a senior recital. To graduate, majors must also attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major field courses.

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The Division of Voice offers 2 programs (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts) for singers interested in opera, oratorio, concert, music theatre, or vocal teaching. Students receive training in vocal technique, languages and diction, vocal repertoire, and stagecraft. Performance opportunities range from workshops to fully staged productions, allowing students to develop their talents at the most beneficial pace.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must sing a live audition with 2 memorized selections, including 1 in classical style. All students should sing at least 1 selection in English; students auditioning for the sophomore level or higher must sing 1 selection in French, German, or Italian and provide a repertoire list of previously learned material.

Piano Proficiency

Students may satisfy the requirements for the B.M. by passing PIAN 288 Intermediate Keyboard Skills II (or equivalent) or for the B.F.A. by passing PIAN 284 Intermediate Keyboard Skills I (or equivalent).

Ensemble Participation

8 hours of ensemble credit are required for B.M. students, and 4 hours are required for B.F.A. students. Ensemble credit may be earned in major choral groups and opera.

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B.M. Degree Requirements for the Voice Major

A total of 125 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (19 hours)

MTHC 105 Theory I 4
MTHC 115 Theory II 4
MTHC 205 Theory III 4
MTHC 315 Theory IV 4
MTHC 410 Form and Analysis 3

Musicology (10 hours)

MUSC 320 Music History I 2
MUSC 340 Music History II 3
MUSC 440 Music History III 3
MUSC 480 Music History IV 2

Voice Major Courses

VOIC 120 Vocal Performance in English/VOIC 320 Vocal Performance Class II 2
Applied music lessons 26
VOIC 405 Vocal Literature I 2
VOIC 406 Vocal Literature II 2
VOIC 408 Vocal Pedagogy 1
Ensembles (8 semesters)
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 288) 4
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
COND 245 Conducting I 2
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 9
Foreign languages, German and Italian (2 semesters each) 20
VOIC 270 and VOIC 470 Lyric Diction for Singers: _____ 3
THR elective 3
THR 106 Acting I 3
Electives 10

View the requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in theatre and voice.

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