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The Hartt School

Music Vocal Performance

At Hartt, growth in technique and musicianship, guided by distinguished faculty, is the focus of vocal study. Our rich undergraduate and graduate course of study includes private voice lessons, coachings, vocal pedagogy, language and diction study, opera stagecraft, and our invigorating core music curriculum.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Undergraduate Diploma
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance
  • Master of Music in Choral Conducting
  • Graduate Professional Diploma
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting
  • Artist Diploma

Bachelor of Music

Choral singing, opera singing, recital singing are the 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.

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. 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.

Master of Music

The Master of Music in Vocal Performance provides the mature student with advanced vocal training and academic study in preparation for careers as both professional performers and teachers.  The core of this training is intensive private vocal study, private coaching, language, lyric diction including comparative diction, invigorating academic classes, 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. We are currently accepting students for the Master of Music in Vocal Performance program for the Fall of 2019.

Graduate Professional Diploma and Artist 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.

Master of Music or Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting

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.

Audition Requirements

An accompanist is provided free of charge for all vocal auditions. All music should be laid out so that the accompanist does not experience difficulty in handling the material. Individual sheets should be arranged back-to-back in a loose-leaf notebook, however original sheet music is preferred. The following requirements are for performance majors and non-performance majors.

Bachelor of Music

  • Prepare three selections from the standard classical vocal literature: art song, oratorio, or opera.
  • At least one selection should be in a foreign language.
  • All vocal auditions should be performed from memory.

After completion of your prepared voice audition, you will be asked to perform a brief sight-singing exercise. You may accomplish this with any system you choose (solfege, a neutral syllable, or numbers). This brief exercise will evaluate your ability to read simple, unaccompanied melodic lines and basic rhythmic patterns. You are encouraged to practice these skills prior to the audition.

Master of Music & Graduate Professional Diploma

Applicants must prepare five (5) selections encompassing four (4) languages and three (3) stylistic periods. At least three (3) selections should be from recital song repertoire.

  • Italian and English must be presented.
  • An operatic or oratorio aria should be included as part of the audition repertoire.

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

All applicants must prepare a full-length recital (approximately 45 minutes of music), incorporating songs and/or concert arias from at least three (3) stylistic periods in at least four (4) languages.

  • The audition should include an opera aria and an oratorio aria.
  • Italian, French, German, and English must be presented.
  • Complete translations and program notes should be provided (5 copies). The committee will select from each grouping on the recital program and the arias.

Performance Opportunities

Camerata

Vocal student performing
A treble choir of SSA with 25 to 30 voices that performs a variety of music for female voices, both a capella and accompanied repertoire. Occasionally, the Camerata combines with other choirs to perform major choral works.

Chamber Choir

The Hartt Chamber Choir (an advanced SATB choir with 24 singers) performs a wide range of repertoire from 16th-century polyphony through contemporary works. The Chamber Choir performs independently and combined with other Hartt vocal ensembles. Students are auditioned on the basis of vocal ability, musicianship, stylistic sensitivity, and vocal flexibility.

Choir

A mixed choir of SATB with 45 to 60 singers that performs a variety of both mixed-choir and men's or women's repertoire.

Chorale

A mixed chorus for SATB with 35 to 45 singers that performs a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day in four to six concerts each year. This more advanced choir performs alone or combined with the Chamber Choir as the Concert Choir.

Hartt Opera Theater

Each year vocal performance majors perform in one fully-staged opera in addition to various opera scenes. Hartt's opera productions are designed so that, in performing a variety of operatic repertoire, students have an educational experience in learning and preparing a role, learning stagecraft, and working with professional stage directors and production staff.

Vocal Faculty & Staff

Doris Kosloff
Associate in Voice, Division Director, Vocal Studies
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Edward Bolkovac
Piano Faculty; Primrose Fuller Professor of Choral Music
Vocal
HCD Music

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William Braun
Artist Teacher
Vocal

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Cherie Caluda
Associate Professor, Voice
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Michelle Murray Fiertek
Voice Faculty; Artist Teacher
Vocal
HCD Music

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Sondra Kelly
Artist Teacher
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Deborah Lifton
Visiting Associate Professor of Voice
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Lisabeth Miller
Artist Teacher
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Djordje Stevan Nesic
Artist Teacher
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Benjamin Rauch
Artist Teacher
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Wayne Rivera
Associate in Voice
Vocal

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Kyle Swann
Artist Teacher
Vocal

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Eric Trudel
Artist Teacher
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Chai-Lun Yueh
Artist Teacher
Vocal

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Schauntice Marshall
Coordinator
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