Prepare for an exciting career as a performer in the genre of your choice as a Vocal Performance major at Webster University.
As a student, you will enjoy a curriculum combining applied lessons, ensemble performance, and a weekly master class in vocal technique and performance style. Throughout your studies, you will benefit from more than 100 years of collected wisdom, guidance, and experience from our artist/teachers. They will help you hone your skills through vocal diction practicums and class instruction in musicianship, music theory and history. Course work in vocal pedagogy, art song literature, and opera literature allows you to challenge yourself and grow as an artist. The repertoire emphasizes art songs, chamber music, opera and oratorio, enhanced by learning lyric diction in Italian, French, German, and English.
As a voice major or choral music education major, you will gain real-world experience in area performance ensembles. Our students sing with Bach Society of St. Louis, several of the top church choirs in the region, Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Many have appeared as soloists.
Recent graduates of the vocal performance program have gone on to further study at prestigious graduate programs, such as Boston University, Northwestern, Rice, New England Conservatory, Indiana, and North Texas universities. Jennifer Johnson Cano, a Webster alumna, is an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano; Samantha Schmid, also a Webster graduate, won the American Prize for Women in Art Song.
World-renowned soprano Christine Brewer, an international performing artist, is Visiting Professor of Voice at Webster University. She conducts an annual series of lectures and masterclasses at the Webster Groves campus.
Voice students benefit from the presence on campus of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and from Webster's strong relationships with local arts organizations, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Union Avenue Opera.
Staff accompanists provide weekly support at lessons and masterclasses, and weekly coaching sessions. Webster is among a handful of schools that offers this extra support and instruction as part of your tuition.
Student musicians get to hone their skills in Vienna, home to legendary composers Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss, where Webster has had a campus since 1981. Students usually attend the Vienna campus in the junior year spring semester, where they study voice with a Viennese artist, take courses in music history - especially relating to Vienna's traditions - do special projects on opera or art song, and experience the vibrancy of Europe's musical capital.
- View the full faculty roster
- Email Prof. Martha J. Hart, Director of Vocal Studies
- Email Dr. Jacob Lassetter, Director of Opera Studio
- Email Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Director of Music Direction for Musical Theatre
- Check out these important St. Louis organizations:
Department of Music
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