School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Voice Performance

The voice performance major prepares students with basic knowledge and performance skills needed to pursue graduate-level study and a career in voice performance. In addition to basic music, music education, and performance classes, voice performance majors must also complete 24 hours of private study in their primary performance area.

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Why choose AU for voice performance?
  • Anderson University’s music program is known around the world. Alumni perform at the La Scala opera house in Italy, the Met, Carnegie Hall, at the Academy Awards, and at other international venues.
  • Guest artists and artists-in-residence visit the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance each year. Artists visiting AU include Canadian Brass, Van Cliburn gold medal pianist Jon Nakamatsu, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Indianapolis Baroque Ensemble.
  • Alumni successfully pursue graduate work at Indiana University, St. Thomas University, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and Vanderbilt University. Alumni Lawrence Brownlee, Sandi Patty, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Jon McLaughlin enjoy extremely successful careers in their genres.
Program Options

How can I get involved in the voice performance program?

Major

Complete the 80-hour Bachelor of Music at AU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Minors

  • Church Music (18 hours): The church music minor combines music, music performance, and music education courses.
  • Music (18 hours): The music minor includes music theory and music literature. Students also complete four hours of music performance, two hours of applied study, and two hours of music ensemble.
  • Music Business (18 hours): The music business minor provides a basic understanding of the music business industry. Students complete courses in music theory, music performance, music business, and music publishing.
  • Music Performance
    • For students whose major is music business (15-16 hours): To ensure adequate performance level, students must audition on their primary instrument to be admitted into this program. Courses include six to eight hours in applied study, introduction to conducting, and specialized courses for singers, pianists, and instrumentalists.
    • For students whose major is not in music (18 hours): To ensure adequate performance level, students must audition on their primary instrument to be admitted into this program. Courses include eight hours in applied study, music theory, and piano.
  • Music Theory and Literature (18 hours): Courses include Theory I and II, Aural Comprehension I and II, Introduction to Music Literature, Music History I and II, and music performance courses.
Classes

What courses will I take?

Among the classes in the 80 hour major are:

  • music theory
  • music history
  • introduction to music literature
  • voice pedagogy
  • singer’s diction

View the complete curriculum for the voice performance major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Voice performance majors can find jobs singing professionally in orchestras, church choirs, touring companies, and more. They would also be able to open a studio to teach private voice lessons. Students can also continue their education in graduate school. Our alumni have attended schools such as Miami University, Indiana University, Boston University, and others.

Experience

What experiences will I have?

Voice performance majors have the opportunity to join different choral groups such as AU Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Valley Voices. Students in AU Chorale will have the opportunity to go on a tour in the spring. There are also multiple theatre productions throughout the year that voice performance majors can participate in. Our students also audition for apprentice programs in opera houses and in summer opera programs.