Students in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance are accomplished, experienced performers who seek to deepen and expand their musical understanding and abilities, whether their goals are to perform in concert halls or opera houses, or to work as a voice teachers or stage directors.
Vocal performance students at all levels work tirelessly to develop and maintain an efficient vocal technique and compelling artistry through study with a voice faculty whose members are established master teachers and performers. Private voice lessons, vocal coaching, lyric diction, and language study are vital components of the degree programs, as are music theory, music history and literature, opera literature, art song repertoire, and vocal pedagogy. Students gain essential stage skills and experience through participation in Frost Opera Theater, which compliments and builds on their work in the voice studio.
Many voice students work professionally as members of Seraphic Fire, Florida Grand Opera chorus, and as singers with various performing organizations throughout South Florida. Master classes with some of the world’s foremost artists are regularly scheduled. Renée Fleming, Helen Donath, Marilyn Horne, Florence Quivar, and Measha Brueggergosman are among those who have recently shared their insights and experiences with our students.
Our goal is to prepare you for the next step in your career as a professional singer and/or teacher. Our graduates are singing all over the world—in opera, oratorio, professional choral organizations, musical theater and recital stages—and they teaching in colleges and universities across the country. We look forward to welcoming you as a student to the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music!
Performance Courses (35% of total, 21 credits)
12 credits Applied Voice
6 credits Vocal Performance Preparation
3 credits Opera Theatre
Creative Activities (20% of total, 12 credits)
1 credit DMA Essay Proposal
5 credits DMA Essay
6 credits DMA Recitals
(2 credits for each of 3 recitals)
Allied Music Courses (25% of total, 15 credits)
6 credits Musicology
6 credits Art Song Literature and Opera Literature or other MCY courses
3 credits MTC 617 Analytical Techniques or other MTC course
3 credits Performance Seminars
2 credits Advanced Vocal Pedagogy
1 credit MED 690 Teaching Music in College
Cognate/Electives (20% of total, 12 credits)