Vocal Arts

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The Vocal Arts Division at MSM offers students opportunities to develop technical skills combined with developing a unique sense of artistry.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS) – one year
  • Professional Performance Diploma (PD) – two year
  • Artist Diploma (AD)

Program Details

The MSM programs of study for Vocal Arts majors are designed to develop technically skilled classical vocal musicians in the western European/American style of classical vocal technique, encourage and facilitate the development of unique and autonomous artistry and prepare students to successfully participate in and contribute towards the future of a vibrant performing arts industry.

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Degree Level

Handbook for Current Students

Vocal Arts Division Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Vocal Arts
MSM Course Catalog

Vocal Arts Department Administration

Dr. Carleen Graham, Dean of Vocal Arts

Erin Reppenhagen, Administrative

Guest Artistic Staff 2021-22

George Manahan – Opera Theatre: Conductor

Graduate Opera Theatre Stage Directors

  • James Blazsko – Houses of Women (Opera Scenes)
  • John de los Santos – Contemporary Opera Ensemble
  • Stephanie HaveyOrpheus in the Underworld
  • Lawrence EdelsonLe nozze di Figaro

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 Theatre, details for which can be found on the Opera Theatre webpage.

Success Stories

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  • Jun 28, 2022 Vocal Arts
    MSM alumna mezzo soprano J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09) is featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert accompanied by MSM students
  • Jun 22, 2022 Vocal Arts
    MSM vocal arts alumnus baritone Justin Austin (BM ’14, MM ’17) is featured by WQXR classical radio
  • Jun 21, 2022 Conducting, Jazz, Vocal Arts
    MSM faculty member Damien Sneed receives rave review from the New York Times

“When I began studying classical voice, I never dreamed that I would have this privilege of studying at a prestigious place like MSM with such incredible professors”

Soprano (BM '19)

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