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The MSM Vocal Arts Division provides comprehensive training in classical voice, collaborative piano, opera theatre, and related studies, preparing students for a competitive and diverse performing arts industry.

Classical Voice

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 (PPD) – two year
  • Artist Diploma (AD)

Collaborative Piano

Degrees Offered

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

Other Studies

  • Artist Diploma (AD)
  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS)

Program Details

The MSM programs of study in Classical Voice and Collaborative Piano are designed to develop technically skilled classical musicians, encourage 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 – Classical Voice

Procedures by Degree Level – Collaborative Piano

Handbook for Current Students

Vocal Arts Division Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Classical Voice
Plan of Study: Collaborative Piano

MSM Course Catalog

Vocal Arts Division Administration

Dr. Carleen Graham, Dean of Vocal Arts

John Forconi, Chair of Collaborative Piano

Jeanne-Minette Cilliers
Artistic Staff Manager

Erin Reppenhagen, Administrative

MSM Graduate Opera Theatre presents A French Opera Double Bill, Dec 8 to 11, 2022

Success Stories

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  • May 10, 2023 Vocal Arts
    MSM faculty member Damien Sneed along with alumni George Manahan (BM ’73, MM ’76) and Justin Austin (BM ’14, MM ’17) lead the world premiere of a new production of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha
  • Mar 23, 2023 Vocal Arts
    MSM alumnus Joseph Tancredi (BM ’19) is among the semi-finalists for the MET Opera 2023 Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition
  • Mar 21, 2023 Vocal Arts
    MSM alumna mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is featured on PBS American Masters on March 24

“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)


MSM Graduate Opera Theatre presents Le nozze di Figaro on April 30, 2022

MSM Graduate Opera Theatre presents "Le nozze di Figaro" April 30, 2022

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