Classical Voice and Opera Studies Undergraduate

Classical Voice and Opera Studies Undergraduate

Prepare for a Career in Opera, Recitals, and the Concert Stage

Gain intensive performance training in voice, acting, and dance while you complete a full liberal arts education. In this bachelor of music program, you'll study closely with our renowned faculty through private lessons, studio and workshop classes, lectures, master classes, and seminars. You'll have opportunities to perform in fully staged productions under the guidance of New York City directors, choreographers, conductors, and designers, preparing for a career as a professional performer. 

What You'll Learn
  • Music history and theory
  • Foreign language diction for singers
  • Vocal production and training
  • Opera performance and classical song repertoire
  • Acting and movement for singers
  • Ballet and jazz dance
  • Keyboard harmony and improvisation
  • Electives in music business, music technology, jazz studies, and music education

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

A Full Liberal Arts Education in a Conservatory Setting
As a student in this undergraduate program, you will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, including introductory study of the humanities, social sciences, science, and quantitative reasoning. 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.

Specialized Training in Classical Voice
Our curriculum is designed for the accomplished young singer who seeks a program that integrates the study of voice with the study of acting. Your specialized coursework will include classes in opera performance and classical song repertoire as well as training in voice 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, speech, audition and business skills, and stagecraft. Our goal is to provide you with a solid foundation of healthy vocal technique on which you can build a career in whatever area of performance you might choose to pursue.

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.

Dual Degree Option: BM Music Performance/MA Music Education

We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.

Degree Details


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Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim
Director of Vocal Performance
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