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Curriculum: Voice Postgraduate Students

Life isn’t an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You’ll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You’ll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance is a one-year program that provides exceptionally talented students who have already completed a master's degree (or the equivalent) the opportunity to continue their professional studies. All ensemble classes are available by audition, but placement is not guaranteed.

Required Courses

Curriculum: Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance
Credit Total: 25

Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
PVL 600 Major Instruction 8
Performance Class
PRF 462 Vocal Performance Lab 1
Electives (12 credits)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL and PDV series that aren’t used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.
Ensembles or Independent Study (4 credits)
Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma may fulfill the ensemble or independent study requirement with courses numbered IND 500 Independent Study Project-Ensemble, ENS 200-599 and PRF 510 Community Service Performance.
Winter Term
1st yr. Project
2nd yr. Project
Juries and Recitals
JRPG Postgraduate Jury
RCTPG Postgraduate Recital

Postgraduate students, at the discretion of the voice faculty, may be required to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty at the end of the first semester for evaluation. During the second semester the postgraduate student must perform a recital, the requirements for which are the same as for the Master of Music degree but at a more advanced level appropriate to postgraduate studies. Evaluation and jury requirements are also the same as the Master of Music degree.