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B.A. Vocal Performance

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Students in the Vocal Performance major receive a solid grounding and experience in solo and ensemble music with texts in the major European languages. Supported by a community of faculty, staff, and colleagues, singers expand their horizons as scholar-artists through private lessons, weekly performance opportunities, master classes, and the study of ensemble literature.

Courses in singing are designed to teach students how to perform healthfully, beautifully, and musically with their vocal instrument in the western musical art tradition. Throughout the semester singers in the Department perform numerous pieces from memory and in the style appropriate to the literature studied. Each component of the Vocal Performance curriculum aims to expose students to the many genres of sung art from the classical music tradition: folk song, Italian monody, British lute song, German lied, French mélodie, and opera aria, as well as solo excerpts from the operetta, oratorio, mass, and cantatas repertoire.

Faculty


Stephen Caracciolo, D.M. (bass-baritone)
Lisa Dodson, M.M. (soprano)
Janice Jackson, M.M. (mezzo-soprano)
Lorriana Markovic, D.M.A. (soprano)

Core Music B.A. Requirements


Music Theory
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony and Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 225 Theory III: Counterpoint [3]
MUSC 226 Theory IV: Expanded Harmony [3]
MUSC 227 Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]
Musicianship Lab
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab [1]
MUSC 111 Musicianship Lab II [1]
MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
MUSC 211 Musicianship Lab IV [1]
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 211
Keyboard Skills
MUSC 178-A Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 178-B Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-A Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-B Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
Or demonstrated piano proficiency.
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 179-B.
MUSC 191
Eight semesters of MUSC 191 – Recital Preparation [8]
Music History
MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
Conducting
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
Upper Division Classes
MUSC 480 Music, Art and Society [3]
Or
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
One elective – upper level, in Music or VPA [3]Note: Performance majors are required to take as their upper-level elective core requirement either MUSC 362: Arts in Education or MUSC 400 Special Projects in Pedagogy.

Core Vocal Performance Requirements


In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the following major requirements.

Vocal Performance Core
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 193 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
MUSC 161-163 Diction – Three semesters [3]
MUSC 390 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
MUSC 300-MUSC 310 Ensembles – Eight semesters of ensemble participation. Participation in either Camerata or Opera Workshop at least 2 semesters is required [16]
Junior Recital
Senior Recital