Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance
Do you have a passion for singing? For jazz and contemporary music? The University of the Arts bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance prepares you for a career as a soloist or a member of an ensemble. In addition to performing, Vocal Performance majors can go on to teach private voice lessons, or at high schools or universities.
What makes us different: a focus on traditional technique
The BM in Vocal Performance program provides strong training in traditional vocal technique, combining skills and knowledge in a range of styles and literatures, including jazz, contemporary, classical and musical theater. You’ll develop discipline and focus through weekly, one-hour private instruction with award-winning faculty members who are professional performing and recording artists.
Find your niche from our extensive list of ensembles that includes UArts Jazz Singers, “N-Zehn” Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble and UArts Chorus. You’ll attend vocal workshops and an ongoing series of master classes featuring guests artists like Pink, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Billy Joel. You can collaborate with the University’s School of Dance in a live performance or study at Paul McCartney’s renowned Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the U.K.
Where do UArts Vocal Performance graduates work?
With so many performance opportunities in Philadelphia, many voice majors begin singing professionally before graduating. You can find our Vocal Performance alumni singing at the Metropolitan Opera, on “American Idol,” on recordings by Grammy-winning artists like jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco and working with top music producers like Nashville icon Kent Wells.