The vocal division provides high quality studio and classroom instruction for a variety of music degree programs. Some of these are vocal performance, music education (primary and secondary), commercial music, and music composition—all with the goal to prepare students in these majors for the rigors of their disciplines. The vocal division also provides voice instruction (group and private) to over three hundred students on an elective basis, particularly those students who participate in the outstanding choral organizations on campus.
The division boasts a high placement rate among its graduates in their chosen fields, whether in the profession, the classroom, or continuing graduate study. In the past ten years, two BYU alumni have won the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions (Lindsey Killian, MM ’99, and Rachel Sorensen, MM ’07). In addition, Thomas Glenn (BM ’97) recently won a Grammy for his work in Dr. Atomic. Many graduates hold positions in elementary, secondary, and university institutions around the country, while others continue their educations at the best doctoral and artist programs in the nation.
A successful series of pedagogical classes prepares students to become successful studio voice teachers. Graduate students in voice receive teaching assistantships which provide training and experience in studio and group voice teaching. Students of voice receive rigorous instruction in vocal technique, styles applications, and performance techniques, which they apply in solo recitals, participation in the Opera Workshop (the oldest continuous opera workshop in the intermountain West, with over 50 years of productions), and in any one of a number of choral ensembles which make up the internationally renowned choral program at BYU.
In accordance with the Mission Statement of the University, the vocal division seeks to train well-rounded individuals who combine excellence in their chosen fields of study with the lofty spiritual values of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.