To produce graduates who are prepared for any or all of the following, depending on their accomplishments and goals:

  • service as teachers and performers within their local and regional communities
  • undertaking the establishment of a professional career via auditions, competitions, and further performance experiences
  • beginning doctoral studies in performance and/or pedagogy

Degree Requirements

Major Area
VOIC 501-503: Graduate Applied Voice 12
PERF 585: One Graduate Recital (see Final Project)
MUS 54X, 553: Graduate Ensemble: College Choir or Lyric Theater
The student must enroll in an appropriate major ensemble [or accompanying] each semester of residence, with or without credit (MUS 541-543 Graduate College Choir or MUS 553 Graduate Lyric Theater), in consultation with the directors of choral and instrumental activities.  All graduate voice performance holders are required to be enrolled in both MUS 54X and MUS 553.  
Choose from among the following: 2-3
Students who have not taken both vocal literature and vocal pedagogy at the undergraduate level are strongly advised to elect both courses.  
MHS 590: Graduate Seminar in Music History: Opera Survey (3 credits)
MLT 540: Vocal Literature (2)
MUS 576: Applied Music Pedagogy: Voice (2)
Other Studies in Music
MHS 520: Research and Bibliography 2
MUS 501: Graduate Assistants’ Forum 0
Required of all graduate assistants; open to, but not required of, all other graduate students  
Choose from among the following: 6
Choose one music history course and one theory course.  
MHS 590: Seminar in Music History (topics vary by semester) (3)
MHS 595: Special Topics in Music History (3)
MTH 567: Systems of Analysis and Contemporary Art Music (3)
MTH 566: Advanced Orchestration (3)
MTH 558: Sixteenth Century Counterpoint (3)
MTH 563: Form and Analysis (3)
MTH 475: Synthesizer/Computer Applications (3)
MTH 595: Special Topics in Music Theory (3)
MHUM 501: Seminar: Music, Worship and Culture in Christian Perspective 3
Music courses* numbered 500** or above. No more than 2 credit hours of ensemble may count as music elective hours toward the degree. 6-7
*No more than 2 credit hours of ensemble may count as music elective hours toward the degree.  
**A limited number of music courses numbered 400 or above may also be taken as electives, with the approval of the graduate advisor.  

Final Project

The student must perform one full solo recital. The student must submit recital programs and concert program notes.