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Performance (Vocal) Degree Requirement Checklist (pdf)

Vocal Performance Contact: Dr. David Dillard

The MM in Vocal Performance is designed for the classical singer interested in recital, oratorio and opera. It is the usual preparatory degree for one wishing to pursue a DMA in Voice Performance and university teaching. Courses in Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, and Music History are combined with the music core of Theory and Bibliography. The culminating project is a traditional voice recital. MM Vocal Performance majors must have an undergraduate degree in music.

A foreign language diction exam will be administered along with music theory, oral skills, and music history during the first week of your first semester. These exams may require you to take remedial courses which will not count toward your graduate coursework.

In person auditions are preferred. This spring, we have two audition days: February 4th and March 20th, 2017. Other times are available (Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.) by contacting Dr. David Dillard. We will also accept video auditions by DVD or YouTube (no sound files only). Applications completed by March 1 are given priority for assistantships.

For forms and advising, please go here.


Course Name Credits 
MM Core MUS 501: Music Bibliography     3
MUS 502a: (Tonal-Shenker)     2
MUS 470: Opera History     3
MUS 540p: Applied Voice     9
MUS 598: Recital     3
MUS 595: Music Document     1
Ensemble MUS 566f: Choir     4
MUS 403: Lyric Theater Ensemble     2
MUS 401: Opera Workshop     2
Other MUS 461: Vocal Pedagogy     3
MUS 479c: Art Song Literature     2
Electives Coaching, Theater, Dance, Music     2

Audition Requirements

  1. Two art songs in contrasting foreign languages and styles
  2. One operatic or oratorio aria
  3. One piece in English composed in the past 50 years
  4. Resumé