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Voice/Opera Division


The Voice/Opera Division of the UMD School of Music offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs taught by a distinguished faculty of internationally recognized artists and scholars. The faculty comprises active performers, clinicians, and specialists, as well as veterans of the world's finest opera companies and concert halls.

With diverse backgrounds and a shared commitment to collaboration, the Voice/Opera faculty promote a culture of excellence and peer support throughout the division. Students and faculty regularly come together for divisional recitals, master classes, and special events.

The Voice/Opera Division is home to outstanding choral ensembles that meet the curricular needs of voice students while providing performance opportunities to non-majors. The division's graduate program in opera performance is also known as the Maryland Opera Studio.



Undergraduate programs in voice offer the choice of a concentrated vocal performance track or a broader liberal arts degree, often used by double-majors. For aspiring K-12 teachers, a bachelor's degree in choral education is offered (through the Music Education Division). At the graduate level, degrees in Vocal Performance focus on Lieder and vocal orchestral literature, while degrees in Opera Performance are devoted to operatic training. A third doctoral-level option, Vocal Pedagogy, emphasizes the training of advanced studio teachers and vocal coaches.

All courses of study include comprehensive classes in repertory, form, theory and history as well as specific concentrations in the performance, literature or pedagogical aspects of the degree program. Each student also receives weekly individual vocal instruction from a member of the Voice/Opera faculty.


Maryland Opera Studio — both a performance ensemble and a degree-program, leading to the Master's in Opera Performance. For complete details, visit the Maryland Opera Studio homepage.

UMD Opera Workshop — an undergraduate class of singers learning the basics of opera and preparing staged scenes

UMD Choirs

  • UMD Chamber Singers — the School of Music's most select choral ensemble specializing in music from Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary eras
  • UMD Women's Chorus — a select ensemble performing the great literature for women's voices
  • UMD Men's Chorus — the popular ensemble for men's voices; repertoire spans classical to contemporary
  • UMD Opera Chorus offered in those semesters when an opera production requires a substantial chorus
  • UMD Summer Chorus — a non-credit, 3-week ensemble comprising adults, college students, and advanced high school students