Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance

If your love for singing is matched by a love for learning, if you want to perform again and again, and if you're open to exploring a wide variety of musical styles, the Vocal Performance program at the University of the Arts will put you on the right track to a fulfilling career as a solo or ensemble performer, teacher or musical theater professional.

The UArts program is more than just a conservatory focusing on classical music. You'll get a solid foundation in proper vocal techniques, but you'll also explore a variety of musical genres, including contemporary, pop, jazz, rock, a cappella, country and more. Class sizes are very small, and you'll receive one-on-one attention and private lessons from faculty advisors and mentors. Many of our Vocal Performance students round out their UArts experience through internships with Philadelphia’s music and theater companies.

Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to perform in up to 40 ensembles during your four-year education. There are seven themed performances each year, ranging from tributes to legendary performers like Stevie Wonder and TV-, Grammy- and Oscar-themed recitals, to Broadway show tributes and "not-so-classical" concerts, in which students turn classical pieces into jazz or pop songs. Voice majors also get a chance to perform with our faculty and with other UArts students in the Theater, Dance and even Animation programs. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to shine in vocal performances with Philadelphia ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops, and for the Academy of Music's annual gala.

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In the News

UArts Alum Matt McAndrew BFA '13 (Vocal Performance) headed to 'Voice' finale after being named a Top 3 finalist on the hit NBC show.

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Featured Student Work

Work by students in the Studio One Ensemble is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the School of Music can be found at the bottom of this page.