Vocal Studies

With the permission of the managing director of the Vocal Studies Department, students in other departments may participate in some of these courses.

Diction Coaching

DCT 401–402; 1 g.c./term

The application of diction fundamentals to prepare for vocal performances.

Voice Repertoire Coaching

VRP 101–102; 2 s.h./term
VRP 401–402; 2 g.c./term

Vocal and musical preparation with opera and voice coaches for operatic and recital performances.

Alexander Technique

VRP 111-112; 0.5 s.h./term
OPR 501.1–502.1; 1 g.c./term

An introduction to gentle, novel, guided movement sequences that focus awareness on the subtle patterns of movement, breathing, and alignment. The course aims to enhance flexibility, intelligence, and grace in movement. Credit may also be granted for yoga classes.

History of Singing: The Recorded Legacy

MHS 211–212; 2 s.h./term

A study of the history of vocal performance, using recordings from the past and present.

Acting Seminar

VRP 205–206; 1 s.h./term

An undergraduate course in the method of developing the emotional and physical life of a character through examination of the text. Using improvisation and other methods, the course cultivates the skill of acting while singing.

Voice Performance Seminar

VRP 301–302; 1 s.h./term

Weekly undergraduate repertoire class for voice majors.

Opera History Seminar

OPR 505–506; 1 g.c./term

A study of the growth of the operatic form from the Camerata of 1597 to the mid-20th century. Emphasis is on major works of the standard operatic literature from Italy, France, and Germany.

Opera Staging

OPR 571–572; 3 g.c./term
OPR 671–672; 3 g.c./term

Rehearsals for major productions.

Opera Performance Seminar

VRP 521–522; 1 g.c./term

Weekly graduate repertoire class for opera majors, in which singers can perform for each other and try out new material in a constructive environment.