This program is designed to provide intensive performance studies for those who have the talent and potential for a career in opera, chamber and solo vocal performance.

Studies include individualized voice instruction, vocal coaching, and performance opportunities in opera, solo, oratorio and other concert work, with elective studies in entrepreneurship, as preparation for a performance career.


Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for this program include completing all required university graduate admission requirements, submitting a CU Boulder application, three letters of recommendation, a pre-screening recorded audition, and then performing a live on-campus audition and being interviewed by the faculty.

​An earned baccalaureate degree in voice performance is the minimum requirement for admission into this program. 

Required Courses and Credits

Requirements in Major Area
PMUS 6726Voice (four semesters required; 1 credit each) 14
PMUS 5497Vocal Repertoire Coaching (four semesters required; 1 credit each)4
TMUS 6956Master's Thesis (two major opera roles)4
TMUS 6957Master's Thesis 2 (recital)2
TMUS 6957Master's Thesis 2 (major role in an oratorio or opera, a major work with orchestra, or a second recital)2
Other Requirements in Music 22
Entrepreneurship (selected from the following)
Building Your Music Career
Internship in Music Business
The Entrepreneurial Artist
Introduction to Arts Administration
Additional coursework in vocal literature, voice pedagogy, entrepreneurship, or musicology/music theory at the 4000- or 5000-level. 32
Total Credit Hours20