With its rich tradition of voice and choral repertoire, close proximity to the region’s top opera and choral performance organizations, and committed, engaged faculty, the University of Washington School of Music remains a top choice for serious students of voice and choral activities.
Degrees are offered in Music, Voice Option (BA), Vocal Performance (BM), Voice (MM) and Voice (DMA). Faculty in the program represent a breadth of strengths in performance and scholarship, with specialized focus and international recognition in areas such as classical voice, diction, voice science and pedagogy, and choral conducting.
Quarterly studio recitals provide ongoing public performance outlets for vocal students. Students in the program also gain valuable stage experience by participating in yearly full-scale opera productions, opera theater presentations of scenes from the opera repertoire, and masterclasses with visiting artists.
The School’s Orpheus Ensemble, an opera outreach program that presents high-quality student-led performances in local high schools, provides undergraduate and graduate vocalists valuable opportunities to prepare relevant operatic literature and hone their audience interaction skills. Doctoral students also take leadership roles in coaching, directing, and high-level assisting with scene preparation, developing skills that prepare them for teaching at the university level.
In the 2013-14 year, the UW appointed early music specialist Stephen Stubbs to the School of Music faculty and his production company Pacific MusicWorks as an ensemble in residence. The partnership creates opportunities for UW voice and choral students to perform in fully staged opera productions alongside professional opera singers.
Vocal performance students may also find opportunities for stage time in the UW’s choirs- seven in all- open to majors and non-majors from throughout the University. Voice students are regularly featured as soloists in large scale choral-orchestral works such as oratorio.