Vocal Music Department Course Descriptions

VOCAL & MUSICAL THEATRE MAJORS


FRESHMAN VOCAL FOUNDATIONS

This is a course for incoming freshman vocal and musical theatre majors.  During this course students will develop a strong singing technique through proper posture, breath-support, phonation, resonant tone, diction and expression of text.  Students will develop ear-training skills through sight-reading a NYSSMA exercise, Levels I-III.  Listen to performances (live and/or recorded) of choral ensembles and solo artists.  

Students will record and listen critically to their own solo and ensemble performances, with attention to tone quality, voicing, sense of ensemble, articulation, phrasing, breath support, posture, range/tessitura, expression of the text, artistry.  Students will learn to read and notate all parts in solo and choral repertoire being rehearsed, with awareness of rhythm, phrasing, entrances and exits of all voice parts.  They will conceptualize the way in which the symbols and vocabulary of music are notated, and influence the singer, (Dynamics, Rhythm, Pitch, Tempo markings, Articulation).


SOPHOMORE VOCAL MUSICIANSHIP / THEORY

This course is for sophomore vocal majors. Students will learn all aspects of music notation with emphasis on key-signatures (cycle of 5ths) major/minor, chord progressions and cadences.  Students will read and notate all parts in a solo and choral scores being rehearsed, with awareness of rhythm, phrasing, entrances and exits of all voice parts.   Conceptualize the way in which the symbols and vocabulary of music are notated, and influence the singer, (Dynamics, Rhythm, Pitch, Tempo markings, Articulation).


CONCERT CHOIR (JUNIOR & SENIOR VOCAL MAJORS)

Concert Choir is a major ensemble performance course for junior and senior vocal majors.  Students will demonstrate a strong singing technique; develop ear-training skills through sight-reading a NYSSMA exercise, Levels III-VI.  Listen to performances (live and/or recorded) of choral ensembles.  Students will record and listen critically to their own vocal/choral performance, with attention to tone quality, voicing, sense of ensemble, articulation, phrasing, breath support, posture, range/tessitura, expression of the text, artistry.  Follow all parts in a choral score being rehearsed, with awareness of rhythm, phrasing, entrances of all voice parts.   Conceptualize the way in which the symbols and vocabulary of music are notated, and influence the singer, (Dynamics, Rhythm, Pitch, Tempo markings, Articulation).

 

OPERA WORKSHOP (JUNIOR & SENIOR VOCAL MAJORS)

This course is geared for junior and senior vocal majors. Students will demonstrate a strong singing technique; develop ear-training skills through sight-reading a NYSSMA exercise, Levels I-III (Beginning) Levels IV-VI (Intermediate/Advanced). Listen to performances (live and/or recorded) of opera arias, duets, and ensembles. Record and listen critically to your own vocal performance, with attention to tone quality, phrasing, breath support, voicing/range/tessiture, sense of ensemble, articulation, expression of the text, artistry. Follow all parts in an opera score being rehearsed, with awareness of rhythm, phrasing, entrances and exits of all parts. Conceptualize the way in which the symbols and vocabulary of music are notated and influence the singer, (Dynamics, Rhythm, Pitch, Tempo markings, Articulation).

Students will develop character analysis using body and facial movement as it applies to the individual character within the musical composition. Students will perform scenes and solo repertoire throughout the semester.

 

SOPHOMORE MUSICAL THEATRE (Vocal/Musicianship)

Musical Theatre majors during their sophomore year develop their solo repertoire through solid vocal technique. Students will learn music notation, ear-training, sight-singing, key-signatures, and meter, and how these elements are woven into their repertoire.

Students will perform throughout the semester in showcases pertaining to the applied technique of study.

Vocal Music Department Pics

Vocal Music Department Performance Mix

AUDITIONING FOR VOCAL

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR THE VOCAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT, PLEASE VISIT THE VOCAL MUSIC SECTION UNDER THE AUDITION TAB AT THE TOP OF THE WEBPAGE.