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Vocal Performance

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Vocal Performance 2017-03-23T22:13:17+00:00

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance prepares students for careers in performing and private studio teaching and for advanced study of voice at the graduate level.  The program, the standards for which are largely based on NASM guidelines, provides students with the study of technique, theoretical concepts, and interpretation while granting them performance opportunities. Students have the opportunity to perform right away and continue to have those opportunities throughout the program.  The program culminates with a senior recital given in their last semester of coursework in which they will demonstrate mastery of all learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform technical skills at appropriate levels for vocal professions.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to vocal performance.
  • Interpret a common body of Western musical literature and individual repertory by written and oral means.
  • Demonstrate diction proficiency in singing in foreign languages.
  • Perform songs representative of vocal genres at a level sufficient for vocal professions.
  • Perform technical skills at appropriate levels for vocal professions.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to vocal performance.
  • Interpret a common body of Western musical literature and individual repertory by written and oral means.
  • Demonstrate diction proficiency in singing in foreign languages.
  • Perform songs representative of vocal genres at a level sufficient for vocal professions.

Why Study Vocal Performance?

Students will learn a wide variety of repertoire and have the opportunity to perform in multiple settings to prepare them for careers in voice and/or advanced study. Students are able to perform as soon as they get to campus and may earn a choir scholarship by audition. With small class sizes and opportunities for one-on-one instruction, students receive a lot of attention and focus from experienced faculty. In this particular program, once proper classical technique is established, students may elect to focus their repertoire in one or more genres (art song, musical theatre, etc.). This allows students to graduate with a repertoire list that is tailored to the career path and/or advanced study s/he desires.

Careers 

In addition to preparation for graduate study of voice, students can prepare for careers as a/n:

  • Professional vocalist
  • Instructor of voice
  • Choir director
  • Vocal coach
  • Music director
  • Minister of music
  • Music librarian
  • Composer/arranger
  • Music coordinator
  • Music sales

Coursework

Music Foundation Courses (36 hours) – may be completed as associate level

Vocal Performance Core Courses (34 hours)
MUS 306 – Tonal Counterpoint (2 credits)
MUS 309, 310, 409, 410 – Lincoln College Chorale (1 credit each)
MUS 311 – Vocal Literature (2 credits)
MUS 320 – Form & Analysis (2 credits)
MUS 321 – Principles of 20th Century Music (2 credits)
MUS 322, 323, 422, 423 – Private Voice (1 credit each)
MUS 335 – Music History and Literature I (3 credits)
MUS 336 – Music History and Literature II (3 credits)
MUS 355 – Foundations of Vocal Pedagogy (2 credits)
MUS 362 – Pronunciation and Diction for Singers-English and Italian (2 credits)
MUS 363 – Pronunciation and Diction for Singers-German and French (2 credits)
MUS 391 – Junior Recital (1 credit)
MUS 401 – Opera Workshop (2 credits)
MUS 402 – Musical Theatre Workshop (2 credits)
MUS 491 – Senior Recital (1 credit)

Experience & Opportunities

    • Opportunities to perform immediately; multiple on- and off-campus solo and ensemble performance opportunities every semester
    • Tour every 1-2 years
    • Multiple performance venues, including the 300-seat Main Stage and the 90-seat black box Hostick Theatre, both located in the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts
    • Option to focus repertoire on one or more genres once proper classical technique is established
    • Choir scholarship available by audition
    • Small class sizes for extra attention and focus from experienced faculty

What Our Students Say

“Vocal lessons helped me to realize that there are so many different paths you can take with a singing career. I have always wanted to become a professional and here at Lincoln is where I feel like that’s happening. Four years later and I’ve never had better technique and sound.”

Sara Klemm, Vocal Performance