Programs - Classical Voice and Opera Studies

Classical Voice and Opera Studies Undergraduate


The Bachelor of Music program in Vocal Performance with a specialization in Classical Voice is designed for outstanding students interested in intensive performance training within the stimulating academic environment of an internationally acclaimed liberal arts/research university. Students study with renowned faculty through private lessons, studio/workshop classes, lecture classes, master classes, and seminars. They perform in fully staged productions of the highest caliber under the guidance of professional directors, conductors, and designers.

Course Work and Requirements 

Course work includes classes in opera performance and classical song repertoire as well as training in voice with leading vocalists from New York's professional community. Acting and dance classes are conducted by working professionals in the industry, and classes are offered in foreign language diction, vocal production, and Alexander Technique. Classical Voice majors have the opportunity to cross traditional lines and benefit from the opportunity to participate in music theatre workshops as well as fully staged music theatre productions. Core music requirements include music theory, aural comprehension, keyboard skills, and music history. The degree requires a total of 130 credits - 44 in liberal arts and 86 in music - and all Classical Voice majors perform both a junior and senior recital. Our department's programs in Music Technology, Music Business, and Music Education provide students with elective courses that further prepare them for employment opportunities in the world of professional music performance.

A new dual degree (B Mus / MA Music Education) is designed for undergraduate performance and composition majors interested in adding a music education component to the four-year degree.  Students apply at the end of their sophomore year. Once accepted into the dual degree by the music education faculty, students complete their degree with the added concentration in music education beginning in their junior year. Upon graduation, students may continue to a one-year Masters degree in music education, where they complete their supervised student teaching internship to earn initial and professional teaching certification. Please see your current program director before contacting the Music Education program. More information including how and when to apply here.

The Foundation for a Career

The Steinhardt School's Program in Vocal Performance offers training that is designed to prepare young singers for professional careers in opera, recitals, and the concert stage.  Our curriculum is designed for the accomplished young singer who seeks a program that integrates the study of voice with the study of acting.  Our goal is to provide singers with a solid foundation of healthy vocal technique on which they can build a career in whatever area of performance they might choose to pursue.

Performance Skills

The classical voice curriculum requires extensive training in private voice, acting, diction for singers, song repertoire, and movement as well as the core courses for the serious study of music - music theory, aural comprehension, keyboard skills, and music history.

Private Voice Study

Our voice faculty is drawn from New York's top professional singers - a community of working professionals from the worlds of opera, recital, and concert singing.  In addition to their strong commitment to teaching, our faculty members pursue active professional careers.  Their knowledge, combined with their performance experience and exceptional teaching skills, creates a unique learning opportunity for each student.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to work in classrooms and studios, the program offers performance opportunities in fully-staged productions under the guidance of professional directors, choreographers, conductors, musical directors, and designers who count among their credits opera companies and theatre both in and out of New York City.