Voice, BM

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 program's objectives are to:

  • Develop technical facility in a systematic fashion, with a common understanding of healthy vocalism that is emphasized across all studios.
  • Develop progressively the student's collaborative and practical skills.
  • Develop comprehensive musicianship skills, analytic abilities, and knowledge of musical style.
  • Support the music curriculum with an array of general education coursework (including essential .study in languages).

Development of repertory and technique is assessed every semester at juries, and at the recitals given in the junior and senior years. Jury and recital requirements are published in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook .

Admission requirements

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

Grade requirements

C is the minimum passing grade in VOI 211 VOICE (MAJOR), VOI 212 VOICE (MAJOR), and VOI 213 VOICE (MAJOR). At the completion of the second year the student must receive a minimum grade of B- in VOI 214 VOICE (MAJOR) to be admitted to the upper division. In the upper division (VOI 311 VOICE (MAJOR)- VOI 314 VOICE (MAJOR), grades of B- or higher are required in all courses.

Major Area and Supportive Courses in Music
VOI 211VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 212VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 213VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 214VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 311VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 312VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 313VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 314VOICE (MAJOR)4
VOI 230FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE SHOWCASE (four semesters required)4
VOI 330JUNIOR/SENIOR OPERA PROJECT (four semesters required)4
VOI 100FRESHMAN PERFORMANCE CLASS (two semesters required)0
VOI 200SOPHOMORE PERFORMANCE CLASS (two semesters required)0
VOI 300JUNIOR VOICE PERFORMANCE CLASS (two semesters required)0
VOI 325SENIOR VOICE PERFORMANCE CLASS (two semesters required)0
VOI 199VOCAL COACHING (six semesters required)0
ENS 201CONSERVATORY CHOIR8
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MUHL 319ART SONG LITERATURE3
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
MTA 305FORM AND ANALYSIS3
PERF 211LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR SINGERS I1
PERF 212LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR SINGERS II1
PERF 311LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR SINGERS III1
PERF 312LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR SINGERS IV1
MPE 330SENIOR SEMINAR IN MUSIC PEDAGOGY1
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
General Studies
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
FREN 101BEGINNING FRENCH I3
FREN 102BEGINNING FRENCH II3
GERM 101BEGINNING GERMAN I3
GERM 102BEGINNING GERMAN II3
ITAL 101BEGINNING ITALIAN I3
ITAL 102BEGINNING ITALIAN II3
THAR 102MOVEMENT FOR SINGERS3
THAR 206FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I3
THAR 207FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING II3
Total Credit Hours129