The Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance is offered through the largest classical division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, the voice division. With approximately 60 students, the division performs two fully staged operas, evenings of opera scenes performed by the Opera Workshop class, recitals, master classes, and webcasts. Students study with teachers who have vast performing experience and are still working actively in the field as soloists at major opera companies, with symphonies, and in recital.


  • Based on the results of the entrance examinations, the adviser, in conference with the student, will arrange a program of study of 62 to 72 hours beyond the master's degree. The courses to be completed as part of the degree requirements will be communicated to the student by the adviser. The repertoire is to be selected in conjunction with the applied music instructor and with the approval of the adviser. All degree recitals are to include appropriate program notes and translations to be approved by the applied music instructor and the adviser.
  • Each vocal performance major is expected to audition for all opera productions and actively participate as assigned by the vocal division. This may entail specific roles or participation in opera chorus as needed.


  • The applicant must have extensive performance and teaching experience after receiving a master's degree from an accredited institution in vocal performance.
  • Four letters of recommendation, including two from professional colleagues, not teachers of the applicant, attesting to the applicant's past and potential ability as a performer.
  • Programs of performances and reviews, if available.
  • Complete description of teaching experiences.
  • Completed repertoire and professional experience record, obtainable here.
  • Foreign language prerequisites include two semesters of undergraduate or master's level study in each of the following languages: Italian, French, and German, with a grade of B or better, taken at an accredited college or university as approved by the adviser and dean.
  • A public recital of a program of 60 minutes duration selected by the adviser from works on the applicant's repertoire and professional experience record, to include works of contrasting styles and demonstrating proficiency in at least two languages in addition to English.
  • Written examinations (two hours each).
  • Music history placement examination.
  • Music theory placement examination.