The Voice Area at Rollins College serves over 50 music majors and over 75 Rollins College students by offering private Applied Voice Lessons with dedicated and experienced voice instructors, a variety of courses, including Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, and Singing Diction, and a wealth of ensembles, both choral and operatic. Each voice student is encouraged to explore and develop their own voice and musicality through repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, and encompassing Art Song, Opera, Oratorio, Choral, and Musical Theater genres. Emphasis is on cultivating a natural, beautiful, and expressive instrument, through the exploration of vocal technique, musical language and style, and textual interpretation. Graduates of the voice program enjoy a variety of careers in music, including performance, music education, and graduate research.
Because the Rollins College Music Department is dedicated solely to undergraduate level study, all leading roles in opera and musical theater productions and vocal solos with the Rollins College choral and orchestral ensembles are filled by undergraduate students. This allows talented Bachelor’s degree candidates to perform musically and dramatically challenging (but vocally appropriate) repertoire without having to compete with the more fully-developed and mature voices of masters or doctoral students for performance opportunities. Voice students are also encouraged to work toward junior and senior recitals that showcase their talent and prepare them for their future in music.
Rollins College’s resident professional performing organization, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, offers many Rollins College voice students the opportunity to sing masterworks in the Bach Festival Choir, alongside major international concert artists. This chance to watch experienced singers perform and rehearse is both educational, and inspiring to the developing voice student.
Bach Festival artists, National Association of Teachers of Singing sponsored singers, and Rollins College guest clinicians present approximately 4-6 master classes on the Rollins College campus each year. Recent artists have included Marilyn Horne, Pamela Coburn, Richard Zeller, and other top-notch singers. These classes allow voice students to work one-on-one with major operatic and concert artists on vocal technique, communicative performing, and musical style, while their peers observe and support them.
Students interested in voice study as a music major or minor should prepare one memorized art song or aria in English and one memorized art song or aria in a foreign language. Prospective students will also be asked to sight-sing a short passage and repeat back short ear-training exercises.
MUS 223: Singing Diction
MUS 380: Literature of the Voice
MUS 395: Vocal Pedagogy
Language Study: Basic grammar and conversation courses in German, French, and Italian
MUS 290: Basic Conducting
MUS 220: The Marriage of Music and Poetry
MUS 325: Love, Death, and Opera
Bach Festival Choir