The Voice Area prepares students for careers in vocal performance, whether on the concert stage or in teaching. Students engage in a variety of academic and performance experiences that encompass opera, oratorio and art song, as well as concert literature, providing hands-on opportunities to learn vocal technique and stagecraft.

Students receive outstanding vocal training and coaching from a distinguished faculty of active performers who balance careers with teaching. Our comprehensive curriculum guides singers to be versatile, creative and technically proficient on- and off-stage.


Regular performance opportunities include one annual full production with orchestra in Kingsbury Hall, as well as opera scenes presented in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Past opera productions have included Floyd’s Susannah, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Adamo’s Little Women, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

Visiting directors and artists enhance on campus vocal opportunities; alumns Stanford Olsen and Celena Shafer give master classes, along with other vocal greats such as Barbara Bonney and Michael Barrett.  The proximity of the professional Utah Opera company offers additional learning, as well as performance, opportunities for our students. Participation in our choral ensembles allows students to learn a variety of music styles and master works as choristers and soloists. 

Of Note

  • DMA student Melissa Heath will sing the soprano solo for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's sold-out concert of the Messiah on April 18 and 19, 2014.

  • Six students won major awards at the Western Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in March 2014

    In their divisions, Michelle Dean, Amber Stachitus, and Clara Hurtado Lee placed first, Melissa Heath, second; Mackenzie Matthews, third; and Ærin Loizons won an honorable mention.

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Last Updated: 9/15/14