Combining intensive training in voice, acting, diction, movement, and repertoire with related academic study, this master of music program prepares classical singers for careers in recital and concert performance and opera.
You'll study with renowned faculty through private lessons, studio and workshop classes, lectures, master classes, and seminars. You will have the opportunity to perform in fully staged productions under the guidance of directors, choreographers, conductors, and designers.
We also offer a 48-credit dual degree that combines this master's degree with an advanced certificate in vocal pedagogy.
What you'll learn
- Script analysis and dramaturgical process
- Opera performance and song repertoire
- Acting and foreign language diction for singers
- Electives including theatre dance and classical voice business skills
- Music research, aesthetics, and literature
- A solid foundation of healthy vocal technique on which you can build a career in whatever area of performance you choose to pursue
See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.
How you'll learn
Specialized Training in Classical Voice
Your specialized coursework will include classes in opera performance and classical song repertoire as well as private voice instruction with leading New York City vocalists working in opera, recital, and concert singing. Acting and dance classes are conducted by working professionals in the industry, and classes are offered in diction, vocal coaching, classical voice business skills, and stagecraft. You must be able to demonstrate a technical foundation in vocal production that will allow your voice to evolve in an efficient and healthy manner throughout the years that follow your training at NYU. In addition, you must demonstrate a respect for the value of the text – the words that are sung as well as the sounds that are made – along with an understanding that the best singing is an amalgamation of a freely produced sound and a personal need to communicate.
Performance Opportunities at NYU and Throughout New York City
In addition to work in classrooms and studios, the program offers performance opportunities in fully staged productions under the guidance of professional directors, choreographers, designers, and conductors who count among their credits opera companies and theatre both in and out of New York City. You'll also have the opportunity to cross traditional lines and participate in music theatre workshops as well as fully staged music theatre productions.
For more information about this MM program, please contact
Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim
Director of Vocal Performance