The University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre offers music majors a unique opportunity to concentrate their studies in vocal performance, a curriculum offered on a campus centrally located in the rich, artistic environment of New York’s Capital District region. UAlbany’s vocal performance concentration is offered within a small department that is able to provide close, individualized attention for beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers interested in a challenging, multifaceted liberal arts education.
In addition to private lessons, the vocal curriculum includes diction, movement, acting, and language study along with core music theory and history courses. The music faculty includes accomplished teachers with extensive performance and instructional experience eager to help young singers develop their voices as well as bridge the gap between academic study and application in the real world of the arts. Our voice professor is Frances Pallozzi Wittmann.
The many performing opportunities available to vocal performance majors include performance classes, recitals, and solo and ensemble experience with the University Chorale and the highly selective and active University Chamber Singers. Special programs offered by our vocal majors include the fall Bach to Broadway and the spring Opera Scenes programs. (Click here and here to view video of vocal students performing in the one-act opera Gallantry by Douglas Moore.) The department's Bel Canto Concert Series brings to campus opera companies and young professional singers for recitals, master classes, interviews, and exchanges with our voice majors.
Students perform in Bach to Broadway
The vocal curriculum encourages students to to think interdepartmentally by considering pairing their music degree with other programs the university offers, such as Business, Africana Studies, Judaic Studies, Psychology, or Latin American Studies. Because UAlbany as a University Center offers an exceptionally wide array of programs, students can position themselves well, either for employment, or for advanced graduate study, at the completion of their four-year undergraduate degree.
Nicholas Wiggins performs as part of the Bel Canto Concert Series