The programs of study for voice majors are designed to develop skilled performers in all areas of vocal techniques and to offer opportunities to perform. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the vocal literature of various historical periods.

Recent performance opportunities have included collaborations with National Sawdust, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Master Chorale, and the Verdi Square Performing Arts Festival.Courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.

The Voice Department Handbook can be found here.

Additional information:
Explanation of the Coaching Processes – Read This First
Regular Vocal Coaches' Bios for Fall 2017
Regular Vocal Coaching Request Form for Fall 2017
Graduation Recital Coaching Request Form for 2017-18
Opera Theater Absence Request Form
Graduate Vocal Ensembles 17-18
Undergraduate Vocal Ensembles 17-18
MSM Opera Theater 17-18


All voice students participate in ensembles and chamber music; details can be found on the Student Website.


Opera experience is available to all voice students through a variety of opera-related programs and courses. Undergraduates gain operatic experience through vocal electives, opera scenes programs in the junior year, and a senior opera production. Graduate students have the opportunity to audition for the Opera Theater, details for which can be found on the Opera Theater webpage.


In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are given opportunities to sing for and observe world-renowned guest artists. Recent voice master classes have included Martina Arroyo, Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz, Eric Owens, and Diana Soviero. Voice master classes for the 2016–17 year include Harolyn Blackwell, Stephanie Blythe, Jane Glover, Anthony Dean Griffey, Thomas Hampson, Matthew Rose, and Hao Jiang Tian. For the current master class schedule, please visit the MSM Performance Calendar.


Graduating singers may be nominated to compete in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition each spring. This competition seeks to identify and support young singers who demonstrate exceptional vocal talent and potential in opera. Additionally, singers have the opportunity to compete in the Eisenberg–Fried Concerto Competition each winter.


General admission information Voice Audition procedures and repertoire


Maitland Peters

Voice Department Chair

Voice Faculty

Maitland Peters  (Vocal)
Marianne Barrett  (Related Vocal Studies)
Raymond Beegle  (Accompanying)
Edith Bers  (Vocal)
Joan Caplan  (Vocal)
Miriam Charney  (Related Vocal Studies)
Shirley Close  (vocal)
Kenneth Cooper  (Related Vocal Studies)
Mignon Dunn  (Vocal)
Ruth Golden  (Vocal)
Hilda Harris  (Vocal)
Cynthia Hoffmann  (Vocal)
Bénédicte Jourdois  (Related Vocal Studies)
Kathryn LaBouff  (Related Vocal Studies)
Rhoda Levine  (Related Vocal Studies)
Ann Lewin  (Related Vocal Studies)
Marlena Malas  (Vocal)
Spiro Malas  (Vocal)
Catherine Malfitano  (Vocal)
Kenneth Merrill  (Voice Related Studies)
Patricia Misslin  (Vocal)
James Morris  (Vocal)
Glenn Morton  (Related Vocal Studies)
Thomas Muraco  (Related Vocal Studies)
Nils Neubert  (Related Vocal Studies)
Ronnie Oliver, Jr.  (Related Vocal Studies)
Mark Oswald  (Vocal)
Francis Patrelle  (Related Vocal Studies)
Ashley Putnam  (Vocal)
Neil Rosenshein  (Vocal)
Shane Schag  (Related Vocal Studies)
Anne Shikany  (Related Vocal Studies)
Paul Sperry  (Related Vocal Studies)
Cristina Stanescu  (Related Vocal Studies)