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Master of Music (MM) in Performance, specialization in Voice

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The MM Performance - Voice degree at Utah State University offers students the opportunity to study at an advanced level with nationally known faculty.  The MM - Voice Performance degree prepares sudents for careers in performance and pedagogy, and offers exceptional opportunities to perform in USU Opera and Utah Festival Opera.
MM students will have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized artists and teachers.  Past visiting artists include Kelli O'Hara, Dr. Scott McCoy, and Libby Larsen.View additional information about voice at USU by visiting the pages for Voice Performance and Choral Education.

Application

All applications are submitted online through https://gradschool.usu.edu/apply/. Applicants to the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy must complete the following:
  1. Official College Transcripts - To qualify for admission to the MM program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field of study, with a GPA of at least 3.0. Official transcripts must be sent directly from previous institutions to USU.
  2. *GRE or MAT Scores - The GRE or MAT is optional for applicants to the Master of Music degree programs. However, applicants should be advised that the GRE/MAT is a requirement for some tuition waivers and scholarships available through the School of Graduate Studies. For information about these awards, and whether or not you may qualify, please visit https://gradschool.usu.edu/tuition-financial-aid/
  3. Letters of Recommendation – Three satisfactory letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the recommenders through the application server. Applicants are highly encouraged to seek a recommendation from a primary applied teacher and one academic music faculty (theory, history, etc.).
  1. Writing Sample - Please upload a 500–1000 word (1-2 pages, single-spaced) personal statement on one of the following topics. An academic research paper on a musical subject may also be accepted at the discretion of the Graduate Music Committee. The writing sample will be evaluated by the Music Department Graduate Committee and all full-time faculty in the applicant’s primary area of emphasis. Your essay will be evaluated in part on the quality of writing, including organization, concision, and clarity.

Topic 1: Describe a moment or experience in your musical education that convinced you to pursue higher education in music.
Topic 2: How do you hope your career in music will make an impact on today’s musical culture?
Topic 3: Why does/should music matter to individuals or society today?

  1. International Student Requirements - In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, International students must meet the language, degree, and funding requirements of the USU School of Graduate Studies, available at https://gradschool.usu.edu/apply/.

  2. Audition/Interview - Complete a successful live or recorded entrance audition/interview. If travel distance or schedule conflicts prevent you from auditioning live, you may submit a video recording of your audition through the recorded audition form: https://music.usu.edu/students/recorded-audition-form.

Applicants for the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance degree should prepare the following:

  1. A combination of 5 art songs and arias (both categories should be represented) demonstrating proficiency in at least three languages, one of which should be English.
  2. Two additional pieces are optional: One oratorio/concert work aria and/or one musical theatre selection.

An accompanist will be provided, but candidates may bring their own. Pre-recorded accompaniment tracks (minus tracks) are not allowed. All repertoire should be memorized for the audition, with the exception of the optional oratorio/concert work aria. Auditions will also include a brief interview and may include an assessment of the auditioning student's sight-reading and/or aural skills.

For additional information, or to schedule another date for a live audition, please contact Dr. Cindy Dewey at cindy.dewey@usu.edu.

Curriculum

The MM in Performance with specialization in Voice includes individual instruction, ensemble performance and vocal pedagogy techniques which focus on the student's career and educational objectives.  Students in the program must complete a minimum of 32 approved semester credits, divided into two main areas: (1) 20 credits in performance and (2) 12 credits in other studies in music.
       
Year 1, Fall MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction for Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6650 Coaching and Advanced Repertoire Study 1 Credit
  MUSC 6600 Graduate Opera Workshop 1-3 Credits
  MUSC 5980  Intro to Music Research 3 Credits
  MUSC 6640 Graduate Vocal Pedagogy 3 Credits
     
       
Year 1, Spring MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction for Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6650 Coaching and Advanced Repertoire Study 1 Credit
  MUSC 6600 Graduate Opera Workshop 1-3 Credits
  MUSC 6130 Music History Seminar 3 Credits
  MUSC 6910 Recital 2 Credits
     
       
 
Year 2, Fall MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction for Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6650 Coaching and Advanced Repertoire Study 1 Credit
  MUSC 6600 Graduate Opera Workshop 1-3 Credits
  MUSC 6140 Music Theory Seminar 3 Credits
     
       
 
Year 2, Spring MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction for Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6650 Coaching and Advanced Repertoire Study 1 Credit
  MUSC 6600 Graduate Opera Workshop 1-3 Credits
  MUSC 6910 Recital 2 Credits
  MUSC 6900 Independent Study 1-3 Credits