UArts’ Vocal Performance program offers you much more than just a solid foundation in proper vocal techniques: In our jazz- and contemporary-based curriculum you can also explore a variety of genres, including pop, rock, a cappella, country, salsa and more, through our more than 40 ensembles.

Class sizes are small, so you'll receive one-on-one attention and private lessons from faculty advisors and mentors. 

In 2020, the School of Music was ranked #2 in The 10 Best “Hidden Gem” Music Schools by Music School Central.

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Lindsey Evans

BM '17 (Vocal Performance), MAT '18

5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ
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Anna Ready


Music - Vocal Performance
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
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Jon Williams


Music - Vocal Performance
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA

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    Reggie Pindell

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cincinnati,
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    Liz Radigonda

    MM '07

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Performer and teacher specializing in everything from classical to pop and rock
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    Tiffany Jones

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Equally gifted singer in jazz, R&B, gospel and pop

    Sample Courses in the Vocal Performance Major

    First Year
    Vocal Instruction
    Music Theory I
    Musicianship I
    Class Piano
    Writing I Placement
    Free elective (your choice)
    English Diction & International Phonetic Alphabet
    Music Theory II
    Musicianship II
    Music Technology Survey
    Writing II Placement

    Second Year
    Vocal Instruction
    Jazz Theory I
    Jazz Ear Training I
    Class Jazz Piano I
    Fundemental Jazz Musicianship
    Thinking Through Science
    Free elective (your choice)
    Jazz Theory II
    Jazz Ear Training II
    Class Jazz Piano II
    Jazz Improvisation II
    Critical Studies (your choice)

    Third Year
    Vocal Instruction
    Comprehensive Musicianship
    Advanced Puano & Accompanying I
    Discipline history (your choice)
    Critical Studies (your choice)
    Advanced Piano & Accompanying II
    Free elective (your choice)

    Fourth Year
    Vocal Instruction
    Business of Music
    Discipline history (your choice)
    Senior Recital
    Critical Studies (your choice)
    Free elective (your choice)

    About the Curriculum

    The Vocal Performance curriculum provides a direct and practical education for students interested in establishing a career in jazz and/or contemporary music.  The core of this curriculum includes theory and musicianship, piano, improvisation, technology, and music business.  Additional study topics include recording, acoustics, orchestration, arranging, and an array of music history and literature courses. 

    Students receive weekly, one-hour private lessons in vocal performance with renowned artist teachers. Ensemble and performance opportunities play a critical part in the student’s education by sharpening technical and improvisation skills and increasing the student’s command of repertoire and styles.

    The School’s numerous performance ensembles represent a wide range of styles and categories of jazz, American, classical, contemporary, ethnic, and world music. Students are involved in a rigorous schedule of performances, with over 150 concerts and recitals presented each year.

    Students graduating from the Vocal Performance program will demonstrate

    • strong technique and artistry through the study of varied repertoire and technique exercises;
    • knowledge and understanding of contemporary and traditional music theory;
    • knowledge of fundamental aural skills through singing, sight-reading, dictation and solo transcription;
    • understanding of jazz forms, improvisational concepts, and how to apply them to a broad range of musical styles;
    • the ability to collaborate artistically with other performers, both vocal and instrumental, as a performer, arranger, creator and leader;
    • the ability to compose, orchestrate and create musical arrangements; and
    • knowledge of current technological applications to assist in the creation of one’s art.

    To explore the full curriculum, click here.

    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. Whether you pursue a career as an independent artist, in a band, or in the theater, you'll find your time at UArts has prepared you to meet the challenge.

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    Julian King

    BM '15

    Music - Vocal Performance
    The Voice, Season 2019, on John Legend's Team
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    Josiah Wise

    BM '10

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Originally from Baltimore, MD, debut album 'soil', on national tour
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    Matt McAndrew

    BM '13

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Runner-up on NBC's The Voice
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    Alita Moses

    BM '15

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Won renowned Montreux, Switzerland Jazz Competition as a UArts junior
    Laurin Talese
    Laurin Talese

    BM '04

    Music - Vocal Performance
    Philadelphia-based jazz vocalist

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