Vocal Studies is a program within the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Morgan State University and provides a world-class voice faculty made up of active performing artists, pedagogues and scholars. We offer our students a rigorous academic program including music theory, history, aural skills, applied voice, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, master classes, and a broad range of performances opportunities through weekly departmental recitals, choral and orchestral concerts, fully-staged musical theater and opera productions in our state-of-the-art facility the Murphy Fine Arts Center. In addition to performances on campus students tour annually throughout the United States and Internationally with the renownedMorgan State University Choir


Graduates of our program have gone on to become conductors, stage directors, singers and teachers and have performed on the great opera and concert stages of the world including the Metropolitan Opera. They include bass Kevin Short (Metropolitan Opera); Elizabeth Norman (Chicago Lyric); Kishna Davis (New York City Opera); Cortez Mitchell (Chaniticleer); and Kenneth Alston (Three Mo’Tenors). These are just a few our of success stories… 

 

MASTER CLASS SERIES

Each semester, the Morgan State University Opera Workshop presents master classes which allow our students to work in a public forum with guest artists on operatic arias, oratorio, art songs, spirituals and musical theater repertoire. Some of our past presenters have been;

  • Julien Benichou, music director of the Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestras
  • Denyce Graves, mezzo soprano, International Opera Singer
  • Robert Honeysucker, Operatic Baritone, Longy School of Music and Boston Conservatory
  • Marquita Lister, soprano, international opera singer
  • Lester Lynch, Operatic Baritone, International Opera Singer
  • Dr. Willis Patterson, Professor Emeritus of voice and past Dean of the School of Music at University of Michigan
  • William Ray, baritone, Peabody Conservatory and Howard University
  • Donna Roll, Director of Opera at Longy School of Music
  • Kevin Short, Bass, Morgan Alum and International Opera Singer
  • Dr. Louise Toppin, Chairperson of voice, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

VOCAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM SERIES

The Vocal Studies Symposium is a series of workshops provided to engage students in professional development in vocal health; time management; steps to daily practice; careers in the business of music; “Story, Song and Stage” with the artist-in-residence and more. All Music/Vocal Studies students are required to attend the Vocal Studies Symposium. These symposiums are held during the Thursday University Hour from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the fall semester when there is no Convocation and on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:50 in the spring semester in a bi-weekly rotation with the Weekly Student Recital.  These meetings take place in the Murphy Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. 

 

“WISDOM FROM THE JOURNEY” SERIES

Conversations with Performing artists and Educators

“Wisdom from the Journey” is a series of interviews with seasoned performing artists and educators conducted before a live public audience by Vincent Dion Stringer. This concept grows out of our first summer opera experience during the 2010 Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop at Morgan State University.  This is an opportunity for performing artists and educators who have made significant contributions to the field of the performing arts to come and share their stories with our students and community passing on words of wisdom in a multi-generational exchange.

Some of our past guests have been, baritone and economists and Morgan alum, Daniel Comegys; soprano and educator from Howard University, Mrs. Charlotte Wesley Holloman; retired Metropolitan Opera soprano, Junetta Jones; baritone and educator, William Ray and Professor Emeritus of voice; and past Dean of the School of Music at University of Michigan, Dr. Willis Patterson.

 

CURRENT VOCAL STUDIES COURSE OFFERINGS

 

Applied Voice and Course Listings; This course is offered for freshmen as MUSC 109, 110; for sophomores as MUSC 209, 210; for juniors as MUSC 309, 310; and for seniors as MUSC 409, 410.  At the graduate level, it is offered as 509, 510, 511, and 512. The purpose of this course is to learn a healthy vocal technique, musicianship, lyric diction and dramatic interpretation through appropriate repertoire, regular practice and attendance at lessons.

 

MUSC 107-108 CLASS VOICE I AND II—One hour;                    

1-1 credit. Continuous course. This course provides

class instruction in fundamentals of vocal technique for

music majors needing study on an elementary level.

Open to all University students. (FALL/SPRING).

 

MUSA 109 VOICE I—One hour; 1 credit. This

private lesson course provides one hour and one credit

for music majors in their applied area. (FALL).

 

MUSA 110 VOICE II—One hour; 1 credit.

This private lesson course provides one hour and one

credit for music majors in their applied area.

Prerequisite: MUSA 109. (SPRING).

 

MUSA 209 VOICE III—One hour; 1 credit. This private

lesson course provides one hour and one credit for music

majors in their applied area. Prerequisite: MUSA 110.

(FALL).

 

MUSA 210 VOICE IV—One hour; 1 credit. This private

lesson course provides one hour and one credit for music

majors in their applied area. Prerequisite: MUSA 209.

(SPRING).

 

MUSA 309 VOICE V—One hour; 1 credit. This private

lesson course provides one hour and one credit for music

majors in their applied area. Prerequisite: MUSA 210.

(FALL).

 

MUSA 310 VOICE VI—One hour; 1 credit. This private

lesson course provides one hour and one credit for music

majors in their applied area. Prerequisite: MUSA 309.

(SPRING).

 

MUSC 311-312 VOCAL CLASS METHODS I AND

II —Two hours; 1-1 credit. Continuous course. This

class provides techniques in vocal production, breathing,

resonance, and vowel color. (FALL/SPRING).

 

MUSC 319 LYRIC DICTION—Two hours; 2 credits.

This course will introduce students to the IPA (International

Phonetic Alphabet) and the rules for usage. Students will

practice drills, reading and IPA translation in Italian and

English and apply these skills to Italian song and opera

texts. This course is required for all voice majors. (FALL).

 

MUSC 320 LYRIC DICTION II—Two hours; 2 credits.

This course will continue an examination of the IPA

(International Phonetic Alphabet) and the rules for usage

in the German and French languages. This course is not

required, but is highly recommended for all voice majors.

(SPRING).

 

MUSC 379-380 OPERA WORKSHOP I and II –

Four hours; 1-1 credit: Continuous Course.

This course introduces opera performance to students.

Students will learn standard operatic repertoire,

staging, and acting, culminating in a performance for

the department at the end of the semester. The course is

required of all Vocal Majors. (FALL/SPRING).

 

MUSA 409 VOICE VII—One hour; 1 credit. This private

lesson course provides one hour and one credit for music

majors in their applied area. Prerequisite: MUSA 310.

(FALL).

 

MUSA 410 VOICE VIII—One hour; 1 credit. This

private lesson course provides one hour and one credit

for music majors in their applied area. Prerequisite:

MUSA 409. (SPRING).

 

MUSC 493 VOCAL PEDAGOGY – Two hours; 2 Credits

This course will cover the anatomy of the voice,  how to teach voice to others and 

the various schools of thought regarding vocal technique.

Course is required of all Vocal Performance Majors.

(SPRING).