Master of Music (Voice)


VOCAL PERFORMANCE AT OSU
The Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance (Voice) provides for intensive development of performance skills, broad knowledge of literature in the area of specialization and greater understanding of the musical profession.

ACCREDITATION
NASM (National Association of Schools of Music).

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Admission Requirements
Audition
Assistantship
Performance Opportunities
Graduate Recital Requirements
Ensemble Participation
Prerequisites

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the graduate program in Pedagogy and Performance at Oklahoma State University is a two-step process: applying for admission review through the Graduate College and providing information required by the Department of Music. (See the OSU Graduate College web site for information regarding general admission requirements. Also visit the Department of Music Graduate Degrees page and peruse through the "Applying for Graduate School" information.)

PRE-SCREENING
Applicants seeking admission into the master of music in Voice Performance must first submit a recording (mp3, mp4, etc) to Professor April Golliver-Mohiuddin, april.golliver@okstate.edu. This should contain 2-3 selections only.

AUDITION
Professor April Golliver-Mohiuddin will contact students who are selected to have an on-campus interview and audition.

Please come prepared with:

  • A performance-ready list of thirty-minute's worth of music representing at least four languages: English, French, German, and Italian. (Another language may be substituted.) The choral/vocal faculty will choose several selections from the list. You will not sing the entire list, only those requested by the faculty.
    • The program should include representative music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th/21st century music. It is expected that the candidate will also include representative opera/oratorio arias.
  • The applicant must supply the voice faculty with comprehensive repertoire sheets at the time of the audition. 
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (with at least three references) should be submitted prior to the audition. 

    *The applicant will meet with the selection committee for a brief question and answer session immediately following the audition. 

ASSISTANTSHIPS
Graduate Assistantships are available. While all students are encouraged to apply for assistantships as a means of alleviating the costs of graduate study and of developing teaching skills, appointments are not guaranteed to all applicants who are admitted. Students interested in applying for Graduate Assistantships should fill out the form on the graduate page

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Graduate students will perform in the OSU opera productions and concert works. There will also be opportunities to teach non-major voice students.

GRADUATE RECITAL REQUIREMENTS
A Master of Music degree recital of approximately one hour of music is required of all degree candidates. The student shall also submit a substantive paper related to the repertoire of the degree recital. Recitals should consist of repertoire that the student has not performed in any previous degree recital. Voice recitals shall be performed from memory (excluding chamber/oratorio music). The student will be required to pass a recital hearing four weeks prior to the Graduate Recital.

ENSEMBLE PARTICIPATION
In addition to membership in the OSU opera program, it is expected that graduate voice students are a member of either Concert Chorale or Chamber Choir. They may also elect to be members of other ensembles as well, such as Cantamus, Statesmen, or University Singers.

Prerequisites:

Music History Assessment Test
Music Theory Assessment Test
Foreign Language Diction Examination

Music History Assessment Test:
The test consists of six sections: medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, 19th century, and 20th century. Students scoring lower than 75% on the test will be required to pass the Graduate History Review course (2 credit hours; fall semesters only) before enrolling in the Graduate History Seminar. Students scoring between 75% and 80% will be encouraged (but not required) to enroll in the review course as well. Students scoring 80% or above may elect to enroll in the review course if they choose to do so.

N.B.: No credit from the Graduate History Review course counts toward the requirments for the Master's degree, therfore, the tuition must be paid by the student. The hours will be included in computing the student's overall credit load for that semester, however.

Music Theory Assessment Test:
The test will consist of questions on theoretical knowledge and examples for analysis from common practice periods and the twentieth century. The test will NOT include part-writing or figured bass realization. Students should be prepared to do harmonic analysis using Roman numerals of excerpts that contain modulations of various types, and all chromatic chord types. In addition, students will be asked to supply information about phrase structure, form, cadences, non-harmonic tones, etc. Students will be asked to identify twentieth-century elements and techniques of composition, inclduing but not limited to, scales, modes, chord types, textures, rhythm, 12-tone and serial techniques.

Each student is required to take the Graduate Music Theory Assessment Test at the beginning of the degree program for the purpose of determining the whether a review of theory materials will be necessary before enrolling in either of the Analytical Techniques courses. Students scoring lower than 75% on the test will be required to pass MUSI 5022: Graduate Theory Review (2 credit hours; fall semesters only) before enrolling in Analytical Techniques. Students scoring between 75% and 80% will be encouraged (but not required) to enroll in the review course as well. Students scoring 80% or above may elect to enroll in the review course if they choose to do so.

N.B.: No credit from the Graduate Theory Review course counts toward the requirments for the Master's degree, therfore, the tuition must be paid by the student. The hours will be included in computing the student's overall credit load for that semester, however.

Foreign Language Diction Examination for MM:
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in French, German, and Italian diction. Dr. AnnĂ©-Marie Condasce will administer a three-part language proficiency examination to students during the first week of classes each semester. Students must pass each section of the exam. A student who fails any of the three parts must re-take that portion in a subsequent semester. To remediate the deficiency, a student may enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course or may study independently. For more information, please contact Dr. AnnĂ©-Marie Condasce at annemarie.condasce@okstate.edu