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Voice Program


Students in the voice program participate in many enriching musical opportunities, including:


  1. Private lessons and coachings

    • Students receive one, one-hour lesson each week (with professional accompanist) and an additional half-hour private vocal coaching session. Lessons focus on technique and the preparation and presentation of classical repertoire, specifically in preparation for college auditions. A weekly voice class provides group coaching and recital practice.

  2. Student performance opportunities

    • All voice students participate in a choir that gives members the opportunity to develop choral ensemble skills through the rehearsal and performance of classical, sacred, and standard repertoire. Also during Concert Week, students have the opportunity to perform in solo recital with a professional accompanist.

    • Students may join the Jazz Choir, which focuses on jazz standards in a variety of styles and performs during the program with the Jazz Ensemble.

  3. Opera workshop

    • This course serves to put the skills gleaned in studio lessons and acting classes  to practice in the performance of scenes from selected operas. The work culminates in a final performance during Concert Week.

  4. CMU Music Pre-College courses

    1. Students participate in the regular music course load of a first semester college student with courses that include music theory, solfѐge, and Dalcroze eurhythmics. Electives are available in minor studios, music technology, jazz studies, recording techniques, and more.
  1. Master classes and concerts

    • Students perform on several concerts culminating in Concert Week, which includes festival-style performances of chamber music, opera scenes, choir, jazz ensembles, and more.

    • Pittsburgh has a rich cultural life during the summer, and students are encouraged to attend the many performances happening throughout the city. In addition, Pre-College Music hosts professional concerts every week, free for all students. Participants may also observe rehearsals and attend performances by world-renowned Pittsburgh ensembles, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, or the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.