Voice Program

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    UW Music 2017 Opera: Dido and Aeneas
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    Student performs at the Voice Division recital (photo: Steve Korn)
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    UW Music 2016 Opera: Orphée et Eurydice
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    UW Vocal performance student in performance with the University Symphony and combined choirs.
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    UW Music 2014 Opera: Semele
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    UW Voice student performs at a UW scholarship event.

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.

Degree Programs

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.

Performance Opportunities

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: suzannamizell@gmail.com.

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. 

Student Support

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