Graduate students seeking a degree in the department of Vocal Performance have already proven themselves to be highly accomplished artists.  They come to the Frost School of Music to further hone their skills, to discover new perspectives, and to gain a competitive edge for the next step in their professional careers.  Candidates for our advanced degrees in performance, conducting, and pedagogy are leaders in the various programs of the Department of Vocal Performance, and they, in turn, go on to become leaders in their respective areas of specialty. For more information please visit the website for the department of Vocal Performance.

*This program is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment for further assistance.

On-Campus Auditions

  • The audition should consist of at least four selections, and at least one must be an aria
  • The repertoire must represent four historical periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary) and four languages (English, Italian, French, and German)
  • The applicant will first perform a selection of his or her choice. The faculty will then request to hear other selections as time permits.

Audition Guidelines

  • An accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions. A $20 accompanist fee will be collected prior to the audition.
  • All Doctoral of Musical Arts applicants must audition on-campus
  • Recorded auditions uploaded to SlideRoom are acceptable for admission to the Masters Degree and Artist Diploma programs, but an on-campus audition is strongly encouraged
  • All applicants who wish to be considered for assistantships or scholarships must audition on-campus
  • Once your audition is scheduled, please send your audition repertoire information to Professor Alan Johnson at ajohnson1@miami.edu
  • At the audition, the applicant should present:
    • List of repertoire prepared for the audition (five copies)
    • Current resume, including educational and performance experience
    • A representative list of previously studied repertoire
    • Photo (optional)

Auditions for Graduate Teaching Assistantships

All students applying for Assistantships must perform an on-campus audition and must have a completed application on file by December 1.

Applicants wishing to be considered for a Voice Teaching Assistantship must have completed a vocal pedagogy course and have prior teaching experience.

Curriculum Requirements

Applied Lessons in Voice (MVP VO5) (2 semesters at 4 credits each)8
Performance Ensembles (1 credit each)2
Recital (MVP 814) (1 credit each)2
Approved Studies in Music (any combination of credits, equaling 6 credits)6
Total Credit Hours18

Plan of Study 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MVP VO5 Voice 4
Performance Ensemble 1
MVP 814 Artist Diploma Recital 1
Approved Studies in Music 3
 Credit Hours9
MVP VO5 Voice 4
Performance Ensemble 1
MVP 814 Artist Diploma Recital 1
Approved Studies in Music 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours18

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.


The mission of the Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance is to train and equip singers to pursue a career singing on the national and international operatic, recital and concert stages.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will perform two solo recitals, demonstrating skill in vocal technique.
  • Student will research and write program notes to accompany solo vocal recital.
  • Student will sing two solo recitals that include repertoire in at least 4 languages and represent at least 4 historical, musical periods.