Voice Studies @ MORGAN

Graduates of our program become conductors, singers and teachers having performed on the world's greatest opera and concert stages such as the Metropolitan Opera.

MASTER CLASSES

The Vocal Studies Concentration offers a variety of performance opportunities for singers who aspire to have careers in the field of music. Master Classes with world-class vocal artists are just one of the many opportunities we provide students beyond the classroom at Morgan.

Denyce Graves with Leah Hawkins, mezzo to mezzo

pictured: vocal studies student with Denyce Graves

The vocal studies faculty at MSU are respected in the arts professional community and maintain strong relationships with renowned colleagues in the industry. These relationships and professional networks directly impact the success of our students as acclaimed artists regularly visit our program.

Our students have trained with guest clinicians such as John Aler, Angela Brown, Denyce Graves, Ben Holt, Robert Honeysucker, Marquita Lister, Mark Markham, Edrie Means-Weekly, Willis Patterson, Leontyne Price, William Ray, Kevin Short, Louise Toppin, William Warfield and many others.

APPLIED VOICE LESSONS

Applied Voice Lessons are the lab course for music students concentrating in vocal studies. Applied Voice I-VIII,  MUSA 109-410 for undergraduate students and MUSA 509-511 for graduate students provides individual instruction in vocal technique,style and performance.

This is a requirement for all students majoring in music with a concerntration in voice. 

 

LYRIC DICTION I & II

This course focuses in the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Singers are trained to apply the information, knowledge and skill gained from this course in multiple languages including, English, Italian, German, and French.

Two semesters of Lyric Diction are required of all undergraduate students in voice.

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY OPERA WORKSHOP

Opera@Morgan is open to all students for audition. Students gain on-stage experience in opera scenes, Opera Gala Concerts, fully-staged productions with piano and/or with orchestra

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MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR

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Morgan State University Choir is an world-renowned and commercially recorded choral ensemble. The choir performs on international tours annually. 

MSU CHOIR

VOCAL STUDIES ALUMNI

  • Sopranos - Elizabeth Norman (Chicago Lyric); Kishna Davis (New York City Opera)
  • Mezzo-soprano - Leah Hawkins
  • Counter-tenors - G.Thomas Allen (LA Opera), Kenneth Alston (Three Mo'Tenors); Patrick Dailey (Pacific Opera Project); and Cortez Mitchell (Chaniticleer)
  • Tenor - Issachah Savage (Opera Theatre of St. Louis)
  • Baritone - Ben Taylor (Opera Theatre of St. Louis)
  • Basses - Soloman Howard and Kevin Short (Metropolitan Opera).