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Music - Vocal Performance (BM)

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.

Faculty Spotlight

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Micah Jones

Dean

Performer, producer and educator who has worked with Terence Blanchard, Randy Brecker, Patti LaBelle, Tiffany Jones and more
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Liz Radigonda

MM '07; Vocal Performance Department Chair

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Program Director; Vocalist who specializes in everything from classical to pop and rock
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V. Shayne Frederick

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Jazz vocalist, pianist, recording artist, composer
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Jeff Kern

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Renowned vocalist and conductor
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Reggie Pindell

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cincinnati,
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Janine Whitt

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Singer, songwriter, educator

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.

Sample Curriculum

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First Year

Vocal Instruction
Chorus
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
Chorus
Comprehensive Musicianship
Advanced Piano & 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
Chorus
Ensemble
Critical Studies (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)

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Alumni & Careers

The Vocal Performance program at 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 (BM)
The Voice, Season 2019, on John Legend's Team
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Josiah Wise

BM '10

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

BM '13

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

BM '15

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

BM '04

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Philadelphia-based jazz vocalist

Student Spotlight

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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

'18

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
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Jon Williams

'19

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Ain't Nothin' Real But Love

Featuring current students Ravi Seenarine '21, Chae Harris '21 and Shanon Chua '22

 

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How to Apply

UArts offers recommended priority deadlines; students who apply and submit all required materials by the priority deadline will receive first consideration for scholarship aid from UArts. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. 

International students requiring an F-1 visa for study in the U.S. might be subject to earlier deadlines to provide time for completion of the visa process. Contact Admissions for guidance if you are an international student who wishes to apply after the priority deadline.

Fall 2022 priority deadline: Our fall 2022 priority deadline to apply has passed, but we will continue to accept applications as space remains available in each program.

We cannot accept fall 2022 applications after Aug. 12, 2022.

The following materials are required for your application.

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A completed application for admission

Start or resume your application. 

  • The application includes two required short-answer questions: What excites you about UArts? What inspires you?

A nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • If you qualify for a fee waiver from NACAC, CollegeBoard, UArts or another source, indicate that on your application. If the cost of the application fee is a barrier, contact Admissions to request a fee waiver code.

Official high school transcript

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

  • International transcript requirements 

  • Transfer student transcript requirements

    • High school transcripts may be waived for transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework, including a minimum of 18 academic, non-studio credits.

    • Official college transcript(s)

      • Official transcripts must be sent directly from all the colleges you have attended by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

      • If you’ve attended college outside the U.S., you are required to have an official course-by-course evaluation of your college coursework sent to UArts. Additional guidelines for international transcripts are available

Your audition
International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency.
Optional letters of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors are optional and may be submitted by the recommender via email to undergradcredentials@uarts.edu or by your high school through a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

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About the School of Music


The School of Music at University of the Arts is dedicated to the preparation and training of musicians for careers in music performance, production, recording, all aspects of the music business, composition and music education. Your growth as a musician is the primary goal of the program. In 2020, the School of Music was ranked #2 in The 10 Best “Hidden Gem” Music Schools by Music School Central.

The school trains you to be a professional of the highest caliber through a comprehensive curriculum that includes private lessons with an actively performing faculty, an abundance and diversity of ensembles and performance experiences, and a focus on information literacy and critical thinking.

Performance opportunities sharpen your technical and improvisation skills and increase your knowledge of repertoire and styles. The school’s numerous performance ensembles represent a wide range of styles and categories of classical, hip-hop, jazz, R&B and world music. You’ll be involved in a rigorous schedule of performances: UArts produces over 150 concerts and recitals each year.

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