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Master of Music in Voice


Semester Credits

Vocal Pedagogy APP 203


Basic Phonetics for Singers APP 210


Lyric Diction APP 211, 212, 213


Ensemble (ENS 200–599)


Foreign Language (GED 220–245)


Music History (MMT 702, MHL 600–799)1


Career and Professional Development


Musicianship and Music Theory (MMT 602, MMT 604)2


Vocal Performance Lab PRF 462


Private Instruction PVL 6003






1 . See the Graduate Music History Curriculum section under the Graduate Curriculum Outline for more details.
2 . Credits earned from MMT 602 or MMT 604 will not count toward the overall credits required to graduate. Exemption tests are given for MMT 602 and 604. Successful completion of these examinations will result in exemption from the class, but without earning credits.
3 . In addition to a weekly 50-minute lesson, each student may receive a 50-minute vocal coaching.
4 . Courses numbered GED 202–590, MMT 202–799 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND and MHL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors. 

Graduate Voice Language Requirement

All graduate students in voice must enroll in at least one year (six credits) of the same language (French, German or Italian). The only students exempt from this requirement are those who can demonstrate proficiency in all three languages (French, German and Italian) at a level equivalent to three years of college study (the Conservatory's advanced level). Proficiency may be demonstrated by a placement exam given at the beginning of each semester.

Recitals and Juries

The first-year graduate student in voice is required to prepare a full recital for the second semester jury examination, following the general requirements of the senior recital but at a more advanced level. The jury will consist of material selected by the voice faculty from the recital program. At the end of the semester in which students are not doing a jury (usually the fall semester), they may be required to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty for an evaluation. Students will receive written comments on both evaluation and jury performances.

A public performance of the first-year graduate recital program is optional for students who performed an undergraduate recital as part of their undergraduate degree. If the student has never performed an undergraduate recital, it is recommended that he or she present a solo recital in public as a first-year graduate student, at the discretion of the major teacher. This recital does not require a preview. All first-year graduate students will perform a year-end jury.

Second-year graduate students may be required at the end of the first semester to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty for an evaluation. A solo recital of 60 to 65 minutes of music is to be presented in public, usually in the second semester. Second-year graduate students who have presented standard repertoire in previous recitals may present recitals comprising repertoire of specialized interest. In close consultation with the teacher, a program can be designed that will satisfy the artistic and educational requirements for the master's degree while not strictly adhering to the senior repertoire guidelines. Some students who do not have much recital performance experience (such as students whose undergraduate degrees were in majors other than music) may, however, benefit by following the guidelines for senior recitals, but at a more advanced level appropriate to graduate studies. The program for the recital, whether specialized or standard, must be approved by the major voice professor, and a portion of the recital may be required to be presented to the voice faculty at least four weeks prior to the recital date during a recital preview. The voice faculty will either approve the memorized recital or ask for a second preview. If the second preview is not approved, the recital must be rescheduled for a later date.

At the time of the preview, materials for the program must be turned in to the major teacher and voice faculty for their review. This must include the recital repertoire (including opus numbers and composers' dates), translations, program notes (limited to 150 words per piece on the program) and an optional biography (limited to 150 words).

The recital preview will be the second-year graduate jury. An exit evaluation will be required at the end of the semester, consisting of one piece chosen by the student.

The second-year graduate student may also perform an optional second recital whose program reflects a special interest. This second recital may not occur until the requirements for the first recital have been fulfilled.

All recital and jury materials are to be prepared under the guidance and with the approval of the major voice professor.