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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. 

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Of Note

  • Alumna Melissa Heath Accepts Tenure-track Appointment

    Brava to recent DMA graduate Melissa Heath! She has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Voice at Utah Valley University.

  • New recording featuring Professor Julie Wright-Costa

    Ohio Light Opera has released a recording of their 2014 performance of Victor Herbert’s Dream City and the Magic Knight on the Albany Records label. The recording includes Professor Julie Wright Costa and recent DMA graduate, Emily Nelson.

  • Opera at the U!

    What goes into an opera production at the U? See our new video about our opera program:

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Last Updated: 8/22/18