Students in the Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree program are serious about their goals, and they come to the Frost School of Music to take an important step toward attaining those goals, whether to perform in concert halls or opera houses, or to work as a voice teacher or stage director.
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!
The candidate must demonstrate the ability to sing in English, French, German, and Italian; be knowledgeable of the more difficult arias of opera and oratorio and of recitative in both the free and measured forms; have a thorough acquaintance with the general song literature; and be able to present a creditable recital. Each student who enters the Master of Music Degree Program in Voice must show undergraduate credit equivalent, or enroll for the following courses before graduation: MCY522 Operatic Literature; MCY525 Art Song Literature; MVP538 Vocal Pedagogy; MVP638 Advanced Vocal Pedagogy; two semesters of college-level Italian; two semesters of college-level French, two semesters of college-level German (or demonstrate by departmental examination, acceptable proficiency in these languages).
4 credits MVPXXX Private Lessons
4 credits MVP552 Vocal Performance Preparation
4 credits MVP6XX Performance Ensembles
2 credit MVP638 Advanced Vocal Pedagogy
1 credit MVP712 Master’s Recital
2 credits MVP711 Master’s Recital Paper
Other Studies in Music
3 credits MTC617 Analytical Techniques
3 credits MCYXXX Approved Musicology Courses
1 credit MED601 Recital Paper Preparation
6 credits Approved Elective