What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Master of Music, Concentration in Voice Performance, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu
404-413-5965 

This concentration prepares students at advanced levels for careers in the fields of opera, oratorio or song recital, and for the teaching of advanced students. Performance audition required.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Master of Music, Concentration in Voice Performance, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu
404-413-5965 

This concentration prepares students at advanced levels for careers in the fields of opera, oratorio or song recital, and for the teaching of advanced students. Performance audition required.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Program Highlights

  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • Recent alumni of the GSU voice and opera program have sung with companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Amazonas Opera Festival, and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
  • GSU graduate students have been selected to participate in prestigious summer programs such as Merola (San Francisco Opera), Chautauqua Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Saratoga, Sarasota, etc.
  • GSU is home to the nationally recognized Harrower Summer Opera Program.
  • The voice and opera faculty are connected to music festivals in Italy, Brazil, Greece, Austria, Germany, and Belgium.

Careers

The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.

Program Details

Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):

  • Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
  • Personal/Goal Statement: Please provide a statement of your educational and career goals (be as specific as possible).
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
  • Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
  • GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

School of Music Application Materials (https://app.getacceptd.com/gsu): Complete the “Start an Application” fields to view your specific application and audition requirements for the School of Music

  • Audition: Requirements can be found here
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Acceptd application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent. Graduate Assistantships will be determined by both academic success and musical ability.

Degree Requirements: Voice

  1. Required Courses:
    • APVC 8001 Applied Voice I (3)
    • APVC 8002 Applied Voice II (3)
    • APVC 8003 Applied Voice III (3)
    • APVC 8004 Applied Voice IV (3)
    • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) (four semesters)
    • MUS 6620 Solo Song Lit I (2)
    • MUS 6621 Solo Song Lit II (2)
    • Choir (2) (two semesters):
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
    • MUS 8620 Opera Theatre Workshop (5 credit over any number of semesters)
    • MUS 8625 Opera Production (3)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history or MUS 6660 Dramatic Music (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. One credit hour graduate-level music elective
  5. Comprehensive examination

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Description

Contacts

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
somadmissions@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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