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VOICE & OPERA

Singers from around the world come to the University of Maryland to study with our faculty, many of whom have performed leading roles with some of the world's major opera companies and symphony orchestras. Our voice and opera programs provide students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for careers as professional performers, educators, arts management specialists and much more.

The Programs

Our voice and opera faculty are internationally recognized artists and scholars comprised of active performers, clinicians and specialists, as well as veterans of the world's finest opera companies and concert halls.

With diverse backgrounds and a shared commitment to collaboration, our faculty promote a culture of excellence and peer support. Students and faculty regularly come together for divisional recitals, masterclasses and special events.

Our undergraduate programs in voice offer the choice of a concentrated vocal performance track or a broader liberal arts degree, often used by double-majors. Aspiring K–12 teachers can pursue a B.M.E. in choral education through our music education program.

At the graduate level, our vocal performance degrees focus not only on recital repertoire but oratorio and vocal chamber music as well. Degrees in opera performance are devoted to operatic training obtained through the Maryland Opera Studio (both a degree program and a performance ensemble). A third doctoral-level option, vocal pedagogy, emphasizes the training of advanced studio teachers and vocal coaches. This unique program is designed by the qualified student under the guidance of their professor and results in public performances, a recording(s) or scholarly writing.

All courses of study include comprehensive classes in repertory, form, theory and history as well as specific concentrations in the performance, literature or pedagogical aspects of the degree program. Each student also receives weekly individual vocal instruction from a member of our faculty.

Performance Opportunities

We are home to outstanding choral ensembles that meet the curricular needs of our voice students while providing performance opportunities to non-majors. Through the UMD Concert Choir and UMD Chamber Singers, our students perform regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

We house the prestigious Maryland Opera Studio, our graduate program in opera performance. 

We also support student-led ensembles that showcase the entrepreneurship of our students. These include OperaTerps, an opera company open to undergraduate students, and the Femmes de Chanson and MännerMusik chamber ensembles for both female and male voices.

Watch student recitals on YouTube.

The Chamber Singers perform at the University of Maryland's School of Music at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Photo by David Andrews

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Our Faculty

Diba Alvi

2121 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5549

Carmen Balthrop

Associate Director for Academic Affairs & Undergraduate Studies, School of Music
Professor, Voice/Opera

2110D The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5496

Jennifer Cabot

Interim Lecturer of Voice, Voice/Opera

3126 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5507

Amanda Consol

3115 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5567

Lester Green

Lecturer, Voice/Opera

Theodore Guerrant

Accompanist, School of Music

2148 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-0284

Craig Kier

2122 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5545

Justina Lee

Principal Coach, Maryland Opera Studio
Senior Lecturer, Voice/Opera

2120 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5528

Edward Maclary

2118 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4561

Kevin Short

3124 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5525

Gran Wilson

Professor & Division Coordinator, Voice/Opera

3121 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5516

Delores Ziegler

Professor, Voice/Opera

3123 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5511

Curriculum

B.A. (Voice)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons 5 semesters 10 
Ensembles 5 semesters
Class Piano 2 semesters
Music Theory 5 semesters 17 
Music History 3 semesters
Music Electives
General Education, Languages, Electives 69 

B.M. (Voice)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Senior Recital 8 semesters 18 
Ensembles 8 semesters
Opera Workshop 2 semesters 2
Movement for Singers 1 semester 1
Diction 4 semesters 4
Class Piano 3 semesters
Music Theory 5 semesters 17
Music History 4 semesters 12 
Conducting  1 semester 2
Pedagogy 1 semester 3
Literature 1 semester 3
Foreign Language 2 semesters 4
General Education 40

B.M.E. (Voice)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons 7 semesters 14
Large Ensembles 7 semesters 7
Class Piano 2 semesters 4
Music Theory 4 semesters 14
Music History 4 semesters 12
Conducting 1 course 2
Music Education 12 courses 27
Education 4 courses 11
Student Teaching 2 courses 12
General Education 34

M.M. (Solo Voice)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recital 4 semesters 10
Diction 4 semesters 4
Literature 2 semesters 6
Pedagogy 1 course 3
Opera Repertory 2 courses 2
Research Methods 1 course 3
Music Theory 1 course 3
Music History 1 course 3

M.M. (Opera)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recital  4 semesters 10
Diction 4 courses 4
Vocal Literature 1 course 3
Opera Repertory 2 courses 2
Opera Techniques 4 courses 8
Pedagogy 1 course 3
Research Methods 1 course 3
Music Theory 1 course 3
Music History 1 course 3

D.M.A. (Solo Voice)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recital 3 semesters 10
Pedagogy 2 courses 6
Literature 2 courses 6
Research Methods 1 course 3
Academic Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12

D.M.A. (Opera)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Performances 3 semesters 10
Pedagogy 2 courses 6
Literature 2 courses 6
Opera Techniques 4 semesters
Research Methods 1 course 3
Academic Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12

D.M.A. (Voice Pedagogy)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recitals 3 semesters 10
Pedagogy 2 courses 6
Literature 2 courses 6
Supervised Teaching 1 course 3
Research Methods 1 course 3
Academic Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12