Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance

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Goals and Opportunities

Students in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the Frost School of Music are accomplished, experienced performers who seek to deepen and expand their musical understanding and abilities, whether their goals are to perform in concert halls or opera houses or to work as voice teachers or stage directors.

Vocal performance students at all levels work tirelessly to develop and maintain an efficient vocal technique and compelling artistry through study with a voice faculty whose members are established master teachers and performers. Private voice lessons, vocal coaching, lyric diction, and language study are vital components of the degree programs, as are music theory, music history and literature, opera literature, art song repertoire, and vocal pedagogy.  Students gain essential stage skills and experience through participation in Frost Opera Theater, which complements and builds on their work in the voice studio.

Many voice students work professionally as members of Seraphic Fire, Florida Grand Opera chorus, and as singers with various performing organizations throughout South Florida.  Masterclasses with some of the world’s foremost artists are regularly scheduled. Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Julia Faulkner, Kevin Short, Susan Ashbaker, and Curtis Rayam are among the artists who have recently shared their insights and experiences with our students.

Our goal is to prepare you for the next step in your career as a professional singer and/or teacher.  To that end, we have created a capstone project for our students where they meet with a professional arts marketing firm to design a personal strategy for marketing, branding, publicity, social media, and website design. As part of the project, students meet with a stylist to prepare for professional headshots. Additionally, graduates will make an audio and video recording with our exceptional music engineering program to create professional recordings for their new portfolio.

Our graduates are singing all over the world—in opera, oratorio, professional choral organizations, musical theater, and recital stages—and they are teaching in colleges and universities across the country. We look forward to welcoming you as a student to the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music!

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