Vocal Frequently Asked Questions

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How many performance opportunities are there for me?

Our students are performing all the time. All groups (choral, opera, musical theater workshop) are open by audition.

Choral---sings 3-4 concerts per semester with a glittering Winter Wonderful show in December and a tour (2017-Salzburg, Vienna and Prague) in May.

Opera---one major scenes program (costumes/sets) in fall semester, one main stage performance with orchestra (costumes/) sets, numerous run-out performances throughout the South Florida area.

How often do undergraduates have roles in the operas? 

Undergraduates are required to audition for all performances.  Most often younger students are in the chorus and small roles, but all roles are open by audition and we cast based on the audition, not on your level. 

Are there other solo performance opportunities?

Yes!  Department students are performing in other students’ recitals and often collaborate with instrumentalists within the Frost school.  They appears as soloists with the Frost Symphony and Frost Wind Ensemble, and on weekly Vocal Performance Forums.  In addition, there are often department class performances (diction class recitals, musical theater workshop performances, etc.)

How often do students present recitals?

As a department major, you will sing solo recitals as culminating projects in your junior, senior, master’s and doctoral years of study.  In addition, many students sing on recitals of other Frost students and with Frost ensembles throughout the year.

Approximately how many students are in a voice studio?

There are approximately 10-15 students in each voice studio.  You will receive an hour-long lesson per week (14 weeks per semester) and sing a jury examination at the end of each semester.

How do I choose my voice teacher?

If you know with whom you would like to study, contact them and ask if they have room in their studio and would like to work with you.  If you don’t know with whom you would like to study, we recommend that you read the bios online and see if one of the teachers is your choice.  If not, upon your arrival on campus in August, you will sing a very short audition for the faculty.  We will assign you to the teacher that we think would be the best fit. 

What courses will I take?

To see the courses and curriculum, click on these links:

How many students are there in the voice department overall and what is the ratio of graduates to undergrads?

We are a small department in a large school of music.  We have approximately 50 vocal performance students---25-30 undergraduates and 15 graduates. We value a working environment that is supportive, friendly, helpful and competitive.

Is there a studio class or forum?

Voice Forum (for vocal performance majors) is held every week, Fridays at 1:25.  The time is used for performances by students, presentations by outside experts on mindfulness, Alexander Technique, auditioning, the singing business, etc. Each student is required to sing at least 2 times per semester, but is allowed to sing as often as you and your teacher decide is best.

Do students get jobs singing at churches in the area?

Yes, most of our graduate students and many of our undergraduates have church and temple jobs.  We schedule opera rehearsals so that they do not conflict with church/temple job rehearsals.

How do students typically spend their summers?

Our students do all kinds of things in the summer.  Most will attend the Frost at Salzburg program at least once in their studies at Frost.  In addition they attend other summer study programs or win acceptance to performance programs (Seagle Colony, Brevard, Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, etc.)  Sometimes, they study at language programs, both abroad and in the US.

Are there any opera companies in the area that Frost students will sometimes get involved in?

Yes.  The intense performance schedule of the department and Frost performances makes it difficult, but our students have performed with Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Naples Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Hispanic-America Lyric Theatre and opera and zarzuela performances with other local companies.

Are there any opportunities for vocal coaching?

Yes!  We have both vocal coaches and a dramatic coach.  Starting in the junior year, each student coaches with either the vocal or dramatic coach for an entire semester.

Can you tell me what your undergraduates do after they graduate?

Most of our undergraduates go to graduate programs in vocal performance.  The schools that have accepted them are Juilliard, Eastman, Northwestern, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Colorado-Boulder, Rice, University of Texas-Austin, University of North Texas, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School, the Mozarteum, Royal College of Music.  Some choose to go work and are holding jobs in advertising, arts management, marketing, sales and teaching.

Can you tell me what your graduates do after they graduate?

Many of the Master’s students move to New York, Chicago. Boston or San Francisco to pursue performing.  Some go to Europe.  Many of them teach, either full-time or “on the side”.  Some have gone on to careers on Broadway and off-Broadway.  Houses in which our graduates have performed are the Metropolitan Opera, Oper am Rhein, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, La Scala, Convent Garden, Philadelphia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Pensacola Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Naples, Atlanta Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera, the Duffy Institute, Virginia Opera, Houston Opera and the Dallas Opera.

Are there other study abroad opportunities?

Yes, the Frost School of Music has study-abroad programs in Austria, Holland, England, and Australia. These semester-long programs are designed specifically for Frost School music students in any major. Voice and piano students from the Frost School, as well as other colleges and universities, have the opportunity to study in Salzburg, Austria, during the summer. Additionally, the University Office of International Programs has a wide array of international exchange programs with colleges and universities throughout the world. Faculty advisors work closely with students who wish to take advantage of one of the study-abroad options.

What about a cappella groups or extra-curricular singing opportunities on campus?

There are several award-winning a cappella groups and musical theater groups on campus.  With voice teacher approval, our students participate in them and enjoy their experiences greatly!