Undergraduates

We have prepared a list of tips for new students that will make your transition to the University of Alabama as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. If you are transferring to the School of Music from another college or university, please view our Tips for Incoming Students.

Students pursuing the bachelor of music degree in voice performance must satisfy the University’s core curriculum, the general music group required of all music majors, and specific courses in diction, vocal pedagogy, and song literature. Please see our advising guide for voice majors (includes 4-year sample schedule) or the undergraduate catalog for more information about our programs.

Sophomore Qualifying Exam

The sophomore qualifying examination is to be successfully completed at the end of the fourth semester of voice study (or the equivalent), and must be passed in order to proceed to 300-level applied study. Grading will be Pass, Fail, or Postpone (the exam may be rescheduled one time). The sophomore qualifying examination may only be taken once per semester. A student who fails the exam twice may not take the exam again is this applied area.

The student must demonstrate the singing skills required in the classical style of singing and the potential for solo public performance. A “mini-recital” of 15-20 minutes performance time should include representative art song literature and arias from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including a minimum of two foreign languages and English. The student must furnish two convocation programs of his/her performances, and his/her GPA. Students should register for MUA 199 in the semester in which the exam is to be taken.

Jury Requirement

Students may download and print their jury sheets (PDF) or complete them electronically. Simply fill out the form, print 4 copies, and bring them with you to your jury.

Graduates

The University of Alabama School of Music is proud to offer both the master of music and the doctor of musical arts degrees in voice performance.

General Requirements

Diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory are administered before the beginning of each semester. These exams must be taken the first semester the student enters the graduate program. More information on how to prepare for these exams may be found by clicking on the links above.

The School of Music Graduate Handbook provides current and detailed information on graduate study in the School of Music. Information for all graduate students in music, as well as specific information for each degree program including curriculum guides, may be found in this handbook. The handbook is designed to supplement the UA graduate catalog, and students should refer to both sources regularly. The graduate handbook contains specific degree outlines for both the MM and DMA programs in voice performance. Courses offered by the voice area for the MM and DMA voice performance degrees are also outlined in the graduate catalog.

The University Opera Theatre provides graduate students in voice the opportunity to learn and perform operatic roles in full productions and in scenes, as well as learn about movement, stage combat, and character development. The opera program also offers all graduate students teaching and directing opportunities which further enhances their desirability on the competitive job market. Please see the opera website and ensembles page for more information related to singers.

Jury Requirement

Students may download and print their jury sheets (PDF) or complete them electronically. Simply fill out the form, print 4 copies, and bring them with you to your jury.