Mar 03, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Voice Major (B.Mus.)


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Major code BM5101

College of Fine Arts  
School of Music   
Glidden Hall 440
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4244
music@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music

Debra Rentz, contact person
rentz@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Ohio University’s performance faculty provides comprehensive study through private instruction, large and small ensemble experiences, chamber music, pedagogy and literature courses, and master classes. The Bachelor of Music degree performance curriculum is rooted in applied music study with significant components in practical and academic skills. The degree program is designed for students demonstrating exceptional talent, technical aptitude, potential to interpret advanced repertoire, and those who are ready to commit to the rigorous preparation necessary to fully develop their artistic talents and abilities.

Performance majors develop the ability to perform diverse repertoire from all periods available to their instruments or voice.  Experience in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble performance is required.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program.

Change of Program Policy

Students currently attending Ohio University who wish to declare a major in music are required to audition for admission to the School of Music before they may declare the major.

External Transfer Admission

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The program is a preprofessional course of study that prepares students to pursue advanced graduate degree programs in performance, to engage in professional performance activities, or to establish private teaching studios. The discipline and critical insights gained from pursuing a professional degree in music can also have implicatons for other career options. 

Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for conferral of a bachelor’s degree. However, the Bachelor of Music degree with major in voice requires a minimum of 124 semester hours. For more information on the minimum hours requirement as well as other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Aural Skills, Music Theory, and Music History and Literature


Complete the following courses during freshman and sophomore years:

Music Theory


Complete the following courses:

Music History and Literature


Complete the following courses:

Class Piano (Voice)


Complete the following courses:

Keyboard Proficiency


If MUS 3600  is not completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better, students are required to pass the Keyboard Skills Proficiency (KSP) exam. 

Ensemble


Complete 8 semesters of large ensemble for 1 hour each semester. Music majors must perform in a large ensemble every semester in residence. See School of Music Undergraduate Handbook for ensembles appropriate to the principal instrument and major.

Performance Lab


Complete 6 semesters of the following course:

Music Theory or Music History and Literature Electives


Complete 4 hours from the following courses:

Opera Literature


Complete the following course:

Applied Voice


Complete 8 semesters of the following course:

Voice Diction


Complete the following courses:

Vocal Solo Repertoire


Complete the following courses:

Vocal Pedagogy


Complete the following course:

Conducting


Complete the following course:

Recital


Both of the following courses are required for the completion of the program. 

Foreign Language


Complete two courses in a single language: Italian, French, or German.

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