This track is designed for students who aspire to careers in performance, whether as a soloist or as a member of a performance ensemble.
Led by Vocal Coordinator Dr. John Wesley Wright, students in this track complete eight semesters of one-on-one applied voice lessons and participate in various ensembles where performance opportunities abound. In addition, students develop a comprehensive background in the study of music, including theory, history, conducting, vocal diction, and musicians' health and wellness. The track culminates in an hour-long recital in the senior year of study.
Vocal Performance majors have the opportunity to take part in our Musical Theatre Workshop and/or Opera Workshop each year and often participate in performances in the surrounding community as well. In addition, many of our Vocal Performance majors also take part in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions. In the spring of 2018, all nine participants from SU successfully advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional level.
The Vocal Performance track is a professional degree track that focuses on the skills needed to be a successful performer.
Here you can find a complete list of courses required of all Vocal Performance majors. You can also view a sample four-year plan for a typical Vocal Performance student.
Do you have questions about our Vocal Performance track? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.