Voice Performance

Voice Performance Faculty

Dr. Julia Pedigo
Professor of Voice
Graduate Voice Coordinator
Room 215, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6449
Dr. Joseph L. Amaya
Professor of Voice
Room 320, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6461
Gayle Green
Prof. Mary Gayle Green
Lecturer of Voice
Studio 216, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-7235
Dr. Gennard Lombardozzi
Associate Professor of Voice and Opera
Vocal Area Coordinator
Room 412, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6453
Dr. Priscilla Porterfield
Professor of Voice
Director of Treble Choir
Room 306, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6451

Mission Statement

The Master of Music in Performance degree in the Hayes School of Music is based on the pillars of performance, entrepreneurship, scholarship and pedagogy, relevance, and wellness. These fundamental pillars support musicians in developing versatility and leadership for successful and independent performance careers in the 21st century. Close mentorship between the student and the faculty is central to the program, which facilitates exceptional opportunities to excel in the art of music.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 to 35 - varies by concentration - see below. 

Course Requirements for students who entered the program before Fall 2022 can be found here.

Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (2+2+2+2 = 8)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend on concentration (2)
  • MUS 5120: Music Research for Performers (2)
  • MUS 5130: Seminar in Music History, Culture, and Analysis (4)
  • MUS 5140: Performers Symposium (1+1+1+1 = 4)
  • MUS 5150: Artist Portfolio (1)
  • MUS 5960: Community Engaged Performance (1)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (1)
ConcentrationOther Performance Concentrations (Code: 558V) 
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 34
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature (1) (This is in addition to what is in the core.)
  • MUS 5022: Applied Area Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Recital Requirements

Two recitals are required and the student must be enrolled in applied voice during the semester each recital is presented. The first recital must include literature in four languages and be representative of all music periods from Baroque through the Twentieth Century. The second recital may be similar or, with the approval of the voice faculty, be replaced by an opera or oratorio role.

Proficiency Requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiency or prove by academic transcript: Survey of Song Literature, Opera History and Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, piano proficiency, and one year of study of French and German, undergraduate diction, and Alexander Technique. Students not demonstrating proficiency in these subjects may be required to take appropriate courses.

Assistantships and Scholarships

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Assistantships specific to the vocal department are available in the areas of: