The Master of Music 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.


  • A memorized solo public recital of 70 minutes duration is required, to be presented following successful completion of a private hearing before a committee of the music school faculty.
  • Each vocal performance major is expected to audition for all opera productions and actively participate as assigned by the vocal division.


  • A bachelor's degree with a major in music from an accredited institution.
  • Submission of an application, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
  • At least a B average in all undergraduate music courses.
  • A 10-­minute demonstration of performance proficiency with classical repertoire in contrasting styles in the applicant's major medium, either by personal audition or recording.
  • Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL results of 80 or higher (iBT test), (for paper­based test: 550 or higher; for computer-­based test: 213 or higher), to be considered for admission.
  • An entrance recital of approximately 60 minutes duration for a faculty committee. This should include, recital lieder, art songs, and contemporary works displaying vocal proficiency in at least three languages.
  • All entering graduate students in the Master of Music degree program in vocal performance must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.
  • The student's undergraduate degree should be in voice, although advanced standing will be considered as a result of private work.
  • Foreign language prerequisites include two semesters of undergraduate 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.