Master of Music in Vocal Performance

Program Overview

For over a century, Samford has been a leading voice program in the Southeast. Alumni perform on the world’s most acclaimed opera, music theatre, and concert stages. Faculty are distinguished scholars and performers. Opportunities include main stage opera productions, workshops, clinics, internships, and educational touring programs. Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available.

Female vocalist performing on stage.

Samford University has a dynamic partnership with Opera Birmingham, the largest professional opera company in Alabama. Masters students in vocal performance will be considered to perform in comprimario roles or to understudy principal roles in professional productions. Opera Birmingham's General Director, Keith Wolfe, will be present during graduate auditions to consider singers for roles. More about Opera Birmingham.

Audition Expectations

February 2 and February 23, 2018

Audition requirements: Five memorized selections, with representation of English, German, Italian, and French literature. Prospective students wishing to be considered for a scholarship focusing on operatic performance should prepare five arias, with the accompanying recitatives - in contrasting languages, and styles. All other prospective students should present at least one aria or oratorio piece at the audition, with an additional four selections of either art songs or arias - in contrasting languages, and styles. A pianist will be provided, though you may bring your own if you wish. Prospective students will take placement exams in music history, music theory, and diction.

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Is This Program for Me?

This degree is right for you if…

  • your goal is to become an opera, oratorio, or musical theatre performer, a recitalist, or a professional chorus member.
  • your passion is solo or collaborative performance.
  • you enjoy singing on stage with a full orchestra.
  • you imagine yourself competing at the highest level at national competitions and auditions.
  • you imagine becoming a teacher of singing at the university level.
  • you wish to serve as a professional singer at a church.
  • you are considering a doctoral degree in vocal performance or an artist diploma in the future.

Career Preparation

Students graduating with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance can pursue careers as musicians. Our students perform in professional concert, opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and church settings. Many students become instructors of voice in addition to their work as performers. Some students choose to audition for young artist programs and further education in doctoral programs across the country.

Vocal and Choral Faculty

  • Philip Copeland
  • Brad Diamond
  • Laura Doss
  • Joseph Hopkins
  • Kristin Kenning
  • Sharon Lawhon
  • Randall Richardson

Course of Study

Graduate Manual

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