Music Performance - Voice, MM

Offered in: Chicago

The goals of the Voice program are to train singers who are skilled musicians, performance-ready and technically healthy in their approach to singing, good colleagues, artistically prepared through academic and general coursework and performance opportunities, and knowledgeable about all styles and periods of vocal repertory, including art song, opera, and oratorio.

The graduate program's objectives are to:

  • Develop and refine technical and musical abilities through the study and performance of challenging works from the traditional and modern repertories.
  • Provide ongoing solo and ensemble performing experiences, including OperaFest, the spring opera, chamber music, and a public recital.
  • Develop the student's collaborative skills in recital, chamber, and opera performances.
  • Develop the skills to investigate musical topics and repertories in academic courses.

Over the course of four semesters of applied study, all works and technique are at the discretion of the teacher. The recital program must include 50 minutes of music, sung in at least four languages (including English), encompassing at least four stylistic periods and arranged in chronological order. Two arias from the classic period or later may be presented. The first jury of the second year serves as the recital permission jury; the complete program is submitted for approval by the faculty, and a significant portion of the program must be memorized. For additional information, consult the voice jury and recital requirements published in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook.

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Admission requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for audition requirements for singers.  

Requirements

Proficiency in Italian, German, and French is required for voice majors. It is expected that students will have taken at least one year of college-level study in one of these languages, and at least one semester of college-level study in the other two, as part of their undergraduate programs. Students who have not achieved this proficiency will be required to complete these courses before graduation, in addition to the coursework shown below. Options for fulfillment of language deficiencies are outlined in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook.

The minimum passing grade in the major sequence (VOI 411 VOICE (MAJOR) through VOI 414 VOICE (MAJOR) and VOI 420 SOLO RECITAL) is B-.

MAS 401STYLE AND LITERATURE3
Music Academic Electives 19
PERF 425THE OPERATIC SINGING ACTOR (1 semester minimum)1
PERF 427OPERA ENSEMBLE (four semesters)4
PERF 471TOWARD THE PROFESS SINGER (two semesters)2
PERF 481TOPICS FOR PROFESS SINGER (two semesters)4
PERF 499GRAD COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW0
VOI 411VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 412VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 413VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 414VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 420SOLO RECITAL1
VOI 399VOCAL COACHING0
VOI 400GRADUATE PERFORMANCE CLASS (four semesters required)0
Total Credit Hours40
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 Music academic electives will include a minimum of one MAS (Music Academic Studies) course.Other 400-level courses in subject areas MCMP (Music Composition), MTA (Music Theory and Analysis), and MUHL (Music History and LIterature) may be taken in fulfillment of this requirement.