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A Degree in Vocal Performance

The Division of Vocal Studies at FIU is one of the fastest-growing vocal programs in the region. FIU voice students receive instruction from internationally recognized artist/teachers and enjoy performance opportunities in award-winning choral ensembles, the dynamic FIU Opera Theater, and a wide variety of specialty ensembles like the New Music Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and the Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Many of these ensembles are also open to singers at FIU who are not music majors.

B.M. in Vocal Studies

Audition Requirements

Performance Majors:

Submit a high quality video(s) recording and a brief description of your experience in the voice idiom (in school or otherwise) and with whom you have studied. Transfer students will also be asked to complete a Diction Diagnostic Test.

  • High School Applicants: three art songs in two different languages
  • Sophomore Transfers: four art songs in three different languages
  • Junior Transfers: five art songs or arias in four different languages
  • Senior Transfers: six art songs or arias in four different languages.

Non-Performance Majors (Composition, Music Business, Music Education, or Music Technology):

  • High school applicants—two art songs in two different languages
  • Sophomore transfers—three art songs in two different languages
  • Junior transfers—four art songs or arias in three different languages
  • Senior transfers—five art songs or arias in three different languages.

Audition Dates

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. Organized auditions are held three times per year, but can be scheduled at other times throughout the year upon request. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships should attend the November audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Upcoming audition dates include: November 20, 2021 | February 5, 2022 | and March 12, 2022.

 

Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of Vocal Studies

Dr. Vindhya Khare

(305) 348-4915

vkhare@fiu.edu

WPAC 146A

 

M.M. in Vocal Performance

Audition Requirements

Include a brief description of your experience in the voice idiom (school or otherwise) and with whom you have studied. Graduate students will also be asked to complete a Diction Diagnostic Test. Submit a high quality video recording(s), including all of the items listed below in the Pre-Screen Requirements:

  • Minimum seven selections
  • Minimum four languages and style periods
  • Minimum one opera aria
  • Minimum one oratorio aria
  • One German-language “Lied”
  • One French-language “Melodie”
  • One late 20th century American or British art song (in English), which represents post-Romantic, non-Common Practice compositional style.
  • The final two selections may be chosen by the candidate from the above categories or from an additional language or style period.

Audition Dates

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. Organized auditions are held three times per year, but can be scheduled at other times throughout the year upon request. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships should attend the November audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Upcoming audition dates include: November 20, 2021 | February 5, 2022 | and March 12, 2022.

Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of Vocal Studies

 

Dr. Vindhya Khare

(305) 348-4915

vkhare@fiu.edu

WPAC 146A

 

 

4 + 1 Combined B.M. & M.M. in Vocal Performance

The 4+1 Combined Degree program is designed for serious singers who wish to complete both their BM and MM in Vocal Performance at FIU.

To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed 75-90 credits in the Vocal Performance bachelor’s degree program and meet the admissions criteria for the Master of Music program in Vocal Performance. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.

Degree Requirements

  • In their senior year, students will complete four 5000 level courses (10 credits).
  • In the final semester of their senior year, students will also complete the exit requirement for the undergraduate Vocal Performance major which the Senior Recital, MVV 4971L (0 credit)
  • Students must apply for graduation so that they will receive the BM degree at the end of their senior year
  • All 5000 level courses must be completed with a grade of at least a B or they will not count toward the degree requirements

Audition Requirements

  • Current enrollment in the Bachelor’s degree program in Vocal Performance
  • Completed at least 75 credits and no more than 90 credits
  • Current GPA must be 3.2 or higher
  • Audition for the MM degree in Vocal Performance
    • Five selections must include:
      • Four languages (Italian, German, French, and English) and four historical style periods
      • One opera aria
      • One oratorio aria
      • One German language Lied
      • One French language Mélodie
      • One late 20th or 21st century American or British art song in English, which represents post-Romantic, non-Common Practice compositional style
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Approval of the Graduate Voice Audition Committee
    • Submission of acceptable writing sample, complete with bibliography, to vkhare@fiu.edu

Audition Dates

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition in person at FIU. Organized auditions are held three times per year, but can be scheduled at other times throughout the year upon request. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships should attend the November audition date. Theory and history placement tests will be given during organized audition days.

Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of Vocal Studies

 

Dr. Vindhya Khare

(305) 348-4915

vkhare@fiu.edu

WPAC 146A

 

 

Minor in Sacred Music

A minor is Sacred Music is available for students receiving the Bachelor of Music degree or the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree and is designed to allow music majors to further and develop the skills and expertise needed to work successfully in the area of sacred music.

Required Courses

Required Courses 

  • MUG 4202 Choral Conducting (1)
  • MUM 4940 Music Internship (3)
  • MUM 4940 Applied Elective (organ, piano, guitar, or voice lessons with a focus on sacred music (2)

Music History and Literature (3) Choose from the following:

  • MUL 4643 Choral Literature
  • MUL 4490 Survey of Organ Literature
  • MUH 4680 Special Topics in Music History*
    •  This course is offered on a variety of topics, to fulfill the requirements for the minor, students must enroll in the section titled: Origins of Sacred Polyphony

Religious Studies (3)

  • REL 3398 Rhythms of the Sacred
  • REL 3308 Studies in World Religion

Totaling 12 credits

Submit your Application

 

Do You Have Questions?

Contact Our Coordinator of Vocal Studies

Dr. Vindhya Khare

(305) 348-4915

vkhare@fiu.edu

WPAC 146A

 

Ensembles & Choral Auditions

Auditioned Ensembles

FIU CONCERT CHOIR

MUN 1310/3313/5315. Rehearsals are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1:00-2:50 in the recital hall.

Concert Choir is Florida International University’s premiere choral ensemble, performing repertoire from a wide variety of genres, languages, and styles. They perform several times throughout the school year, including choral concerts and collaborations with other instrumental ensembles and music festivals, spanning small choral octavos to large, choral/orchestral works. Previously, the ensemble has recorded on the Capstone and CRI labels, and they have been invited to perform at state, regional, and national music and choral conferences.

Membership includes undergraduate and graduate singers and is open to students of all majors. Previous choral experience and some sight-singing ability is preferred, and an audition is required for all singers each year.

For further information, please contact Dr. Erynn Millard, Director of Choral Activities: erynn.millard@fiu.edu.

FIUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR

The FIU Gospel Choir is open to all FIU students, faculty and staff, and members of the greater Miami community. The choir draws on the best talent from the FIU community and is dedicated to celebrating the joy of Gospel and giving thanks through traditional, contemporary, and cross-over Gospel to educate and spread joy to audiences. Choir members are offered several performance opportunities each semester.

Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Wertheim Recital Hall (WPAC 150). Singers with a sweet sound or some experience are encouraged to join! Spring auditions will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2020  beginning at 6:30pm in the recital hall (WPAC 150).

For questions, contact Erynn Millard, Director of Choral Activities, at erynn.millard@fiu.edu.

Non-auditioned Ensembles

UNIVERSITY SINGERS

The FIU University Singers is a large choral ensemble that performs a wide variety of music with membership that is open to all FIU students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the greater Miami community.  A sincere love of singing and a desire to share your talents with like-minded singers is all that’s required. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30pm in the Wertheim Recital Hall (WPAC 150).

To get involved, contact Maibel Troia at atroiare@fiu.edu or 786.681. 2815