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Master of Music in Vocal Performance

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  • Practical experience
    The core courses of study for the Master of Music program are the weekly private lessons and weekly studio masterclasses. The faculty of the School of Music consists of distinguished, practicing professionals. Each faculty member is highly qualified through experience and continued professional activity to offer individual attention and personal guidance. Students’ individual performance activities also have piano support by a team of pianists provided by the School of Music. All graduate students are required to prepare and perform two concert recitals.
  • Course description
    As a conservatory, the School’s focus is on preparing students to begin their careers as performing artists.  The voice department through the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute offers graduate students an extraordinary degree of personal attention and mentoring from faculty with active professional careers.  At the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, we treat our students as professionals.  Like you, we see your time here as more than just preparation for a successful career in the arts.  We see training as your full-time job – and we expect you to work.  In order to fully develop your unique and extraordinary talents, you’ll need to devote considerable time, attention and energy to your craft.  That’s why the Fletcher Institute is prepared to fully finance your education, including tuition, fees, and a generous living stipend to all accepted fellows each year.

    While in residence, you’ll audition and perform in a number of full-scale productions each year, supported by a full orchestra and original scenic design.  You’ll pursue a highly structured course of study specifically designed to nurture professional skills.  You’ll develop advanced techniques in direction, acting, makeup, movement and language. 

    New Curriculum
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    Year One Course Credits
    MUS 600 Lessons                                                                                                           
    MUS 601 Masterclass                                                                                                      
    MUS 610 Recital                                                                                                              
    MUS 640 Fletcher Institute Workshop                                                                           
    MUS 641 Fletcher Institute Italian Enrichment                                                             
    MUS 642 Fletcher Institute German Enrichment                                                           
    MUS 643 Fletcher Institute French Enrichment                                                            
    MUS 644 Stage Makeup for Singers                                                                              
    MUS 647 Career Strategies: Entrepreneurship                                                             
    MUS 691, 692 Library and Internet Research Lab                                                      
    MUS 599 Intensive Arts Workshops                                                                              

    Year Two
    MUS 600 Lessons                                                                                                           
    MUS 601 Masterclass                                                                                                      
    MUS 614 Major Opera Role                                                                                           
    MUS 640 Fletcher Institute Workshop                                                                           
    MUS 641 Fletcher Institute Italian Enrichment                                                             
    MUS 642 Fletcher Institute German Enrichment                                                           
    MUS 643 Fletcher Institute French Enrichment                                                                      
    MUS 684, 685, 686 Research Topics in Opera Studies                                                
    MUS 599 Intensive Arts Workshops                                                                              

    Requirements for the Master of Music in Vocal Performance
    Entering voice students are expected to have a minimum of one year of college-level language instruction with a grade of C or better in French, German and Italian. Students who do not meet this requirement upon entering the program must take the appropriate course or its equivalent to fulfill the requirement before the degree can be granted.  Cantata Singers may be required at the discretion of the studio teacher and the conductor of the Cantata Singers.

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