The Hartt School offers a major in voice performance at the following levels. Please click on the program to see a curricular outline.
Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance
Master of Music - Choral Conducting
Graduate Professional Diploma - Voice
Artist Diploma - Voice
Doctor of Musical Arts - Voice
Doctor of Musical Arts - Choral Conducting
Choral Singing, Opera Singing, Recital Singing
These three classical performance opportunities form the foundation of the vocal programs at Hartt. By balancing these, Hartt prepares vocal students for the next step, which could be a graduate degree, private teaching, or a performance career. A key component of Hartt's performance curriculum is pedagogy, the science of teaching, to give students the knowledge necessary to start a successful teaching studio.
All vocal students study privately with a member of Hartt's eminent vocal faculty, working on technique and repertoire. First- and second-year students participate in weekly vocal seminars with a member of Hartt's vocal coaching staff, while upperclassmen and graduate students have weekly private coachings. The work put into private practice, weekly coachings and seminars, and voice lessons culminate in performance of the Undergraduate Recital Series, fully staged operas, and choir concerts.
The vocal division has five choral ensembles: The Hartt Choir (SATB with 45-60 singers), The Hartt Chorale (SATB with 35-45 singers), The Hartt Camerata (SSA with 25-30 voices), The Hartt Chamber Choir (SATB with 24 singers), and the Hartt Touring Choir (SATB with 40-45 voices). These choral organizations emphasize musicianship and vocal skills in an ensemble setting as well as expanding the students' knowledge of repertoire and style. Undergraduate vocal performance majors are often featured as soloists on Hartt choral concerts.
Recent major works performed with orchestra include Mozart's Requiem, A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Verdi's Requiem, Brahms's Nänie and Ein deutsches Requiem; and Te Deum by Berlioz.
Hartt choirs perform throughout the state, in such places as the Connecticut Convention Center, the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, and at Yale's historic Woolsey Hall.
The Hartt Touring Choir has performed several international tours, traveling to Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany.
Hartt's Vocal Performance program features an eight semester integrated curricular sequence of opera training, unique among undergraduate programs. Undergraduate vocal performance majors have the yearly opportunity to sing in complete opera productions chosen specifically for the developing undergraduate voice. The Hartt undergraduate opera productions are designed so that, in performing a variety of operatic repertoire, students have the educational experience of learning and preparing a role, learning stagecraft, and working with professional stage directors and production staff. Recent undergraduate opera performances have included Mozart's The Magic Flute, Kurt Weill's Street Scene, and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.
The Undergraduate Recital Series (URS) includes four concerts per year in which every first year and sophomore vocal performance major appears in one recital and every junior and senior vocal performance major appears in two recitals. The URS is an outgrowth of the vocal seminar classes in which students concentrate on the performance of art song repertoire. Seminars focus on interpretation, stage presence, and communication, as well as musicianship and language skills.
Graduate students may pursue the advanced study of choral conducting on the master's or doctoral level. These two programs offer rigorous training that includes private conducting lessons, languages and diction, voice study, musicianship, score reading and preparation, performance practice, and an array of academic studies to prepare choral directors for conducting and teaching careers in community, school, and university settings. Students work closely with Hartt choral ensembles and both degree programs have required choral performances as part of the curriculum.
Graduate Professional Diploma
Hartt's graduate-level diploma programs are designed to provide emerging professional soloists with advanced-level vocal study to further their career goals in the vocal performing arts. The core of this training program is intensive vocal and language study geared for the solo performer in concert, chamber music, opera, and oratorio. The curriculum includes intensive private vocal study, private coaching, languages, lyric and comparative diction, the graduate vocal seminar and solo opportunities in choral and orchestral concerts. The graduate vocal seminar focuses on preparing pre-professional singers for auditioning for young artist programs, operas,and oratorio concerts, as well as performing in two graduate recitals per year. This program has fewer academic requirements which allows students to concentrate fully on vocal performance.
Doctor of Musical Arts
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree program is designed to develop the complete musician, emphasizing both the highest level of musicianship and practical scholarly insight. Each curriculum is intended to prepare the respective candidate for a career at the most advanced level of performance, teaching, or composition.