The School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon is an outstanding place to study vocal music. A gifted, dynamic, and committed faculty, a superb library, and strong performing ensembles combine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere to provide an ideal location for musical life.
Voice students at the University of Oregon have a number of opportunities to develop their technical skills and to improve their ability to present music in public performance. Each of our professors provides students with individual lessons and a weekly performance class in which students sing for each other in an informal setting, with opportunities for discussion and experimentation. Other performance opportunities include optional recitals of solo and chamber repertoire and required degree recitals.
The Vocal Performance and Choral Studies department is supported by an accompaniment program which offers many opportunities for collaborative work between singers and accompanists.
The choral program at the University of Oregon is wide-ranging, offering performance opportunities in a number of different ensembles. Students may audition for the University Singers, Chamber Choir, and Repertoire Singers. No audition required for Men's Choir and Women's Choir. Performance opportunities are also available in Collegium Musicum, and Gospel Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and Gospel Singers.
The University Opera Ensemble is a performance class open to all members of the university community. The class prepares the singing actor by offering training in acting, dance, interpretation, music history, singing roles in foreign languages and related disciplines taught in conjunction with colleagues throughout the university and the Eugene community as well as UO alumni. Class work and rehearsals are focused on the works being performed that year. Our goal is to give students the tools they will need to find a place for themselves in the current world of opera. We are committed to bringing opera and vocal music to all of the members of our community.
In addition to productions organized by UO Opera, students sing small roles in Eugene Opera productions and scenes in their outreach program. The Portland and Seattle opera companies are close by. Our program is committed to providing a bridge to the professional world in the United States, Europe and beyond to help our students to flourish after they graduate. We actively assist our students in their efforts to participate in international opera apprenticeship programs and competitions and help to organize auditions for artistic directors and agents throughout the world.