Master of Music in Vocal Performance

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.


February 2 and February 23

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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To find out more about Samford Opera, contact Dr. Kristin Kenning, Director of Opera at or call 205-726-2504.

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