The University of Washington School of Music offers four diplomas in applied voice training including the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Voice, the Master of Music in Voice and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is intended for students whose primary desire is for a well-rounded liberal arts education in music. The Bachelor of Music degree in Voice is a comprehensive performance oriented degree program, which includes course requirements in vocal pedagogy, foreign language diction, art song repertoire, and hands-on individual vocal coaching. Both degrees require ensemble and performance participation.
The Master of Music in Voice is a two-year degree program strong in both performance and academics, requiring two recitals, observed practice teaching in a pedagogical setting and a final research project. The Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice is a culminating degree concentrated in performance and research. The degree requires three recitals as well as a three-tiered written and oral general examination leading to the dissertation. Performance and ensemble participation are required for both graduate degrees.
In addition to degree pathways in vocal performance, the School of Music supports a range of auditioned and non-auditioned choirs—seven in all—open to majors and non-majors from throughout the university. Learn more about choral activities.
Voice students also gain valuable stage experience by participating in yearly full-scale opera productions, opera theater presentations of scenes from the opera repertoire and masterclasses with visiting artists. Quarterly studio recitals provide another public performance outlet for vocal students. In the 2013–14 year, UW students will prepare roles under internationally renowned music director Stephen Stubbs and stage director James Darrah for a production of G.F. Handel’s oratorio Semele, to be staged at the UW’s Meany Theater in May 2014.
Non-Major Voice Lessons
Students who are not majoring in music but who are interested in taking private voice lessons with faculty or with a TA are welcome to audition! Yearly auditions occur in September each year for admission into a voice studio beginning Fall term. More audition information can be found on the Audition Dates page. To inquire about auditioning for non-major lessons mid-year, please contact Suzanna Mizell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lessons are offered on a space-available basis in faculty and TA studios and occur weekly over the course of the academic year. If admitted to voice lessons, students will be given a faculty code to register for MUSICP 300. In addition to tuition, non-major lessons require a $400 course lesson fee.
The Vocal Performance Program of the School of Music offers scholarship funds by audition (see calendar for audition dates) to graduates and undergraduates each year, including Teaching Assistantships for graduate students.
For more information, contact SoMadmit@uw.edu