People have been asking us “what is your ranking for the best undergraduate music schools for voice?” We believe the following schools are notable for voice-related subjects.

1) Eastman School of Music – Rochester, NY
Eastman is an amazing community of artists, performer, composers, and scholars who are committed to preparing students for meaningful lives in music.

Recommended Teachers: Kathryn CowdrickJan Opalach, and Robert Swensen

2) The Juilliard School – New York, NY
Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Recommended Teachers: Marlena Malas, and Edith Wiens

3) Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
As one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed institutions for the study of music, the IU Jacobs School of Music plays a key role in educating performers, scholars, and music educators who influence music performance and education around the globe.

Recommended Teachers: Brian GillKatherine JollyCarol Vaness, and Timothy Noble

4) Curtis Institute of Music – Philadelphia, PA
One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.

Recommended Teachers: Marlena Malas

5) Oberlin Conservatory – Oberlin, OH
Oberlin opens a world of possibilities: mentorship from esteemed faculty, exposure to transformative programs and visiting artists, access to exemplary facilities, and countless opportunities to perform – on campus and beyond.

Recommended Teachers: Marilyn Horne

University of Cincinnati

 

6) University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – Cincinnati, OH
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.

CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.

Recommended Teachers: Bill McGraw, and Ken Shaw

7) The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
It is the mission of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance to create an environment of educational and artistic excellence by nurturing creativity, academic integrity, and professionalism in its faculty and students.

Recommended Teachers: Stanford OlsenDavid Daniels, and Stephen Lusmann

8) New England Conservatory – Boston, MA
Since New England Conservatory’s founding in 1867, the school and its musicians have played a major role in the musical life of Boston, the nation, and the world.

9) Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL
FSU provides a comprehensive educational environment that develops the abilities of students to become consummate music professionals as performers, educators, scholars, composers, conductors, music therapists, entrepreneurs, commercial musicians, and arts administrators.

Recommended Teachers: Wanda Brister-Rachwal, and David Okerlund

10) Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
A Bienen School of Music education provides students with skills and values — superb musicianship, a mastery of communication, a sense of discipline, a commitment to excellence — that will prepare them for success wherever their interests may lead. We at Northwestern look forward to guiding the next generation of musicians on that journey.

Recommended Teachers: Pamela Hinchman, and W. Stephen Smith

O’Neill Hall of Music, University of Notre Dame

 


What is the best up-and-coming college for vocal performance?
While many other schools’ voice programs are worth talking about, there are a few that are growing (or have grown) by leaps and bounds primarily due to their dedication to high quality one-on-one voice mentorship and individual voice lessons. Many of these schools have had a wonderful reputation for a long time but nevertheless, deserve recognition.

1) University of Notre Dame – South Bend, IN
A brand new facility and a superstar faculty (Kiera Duffy and Alek Shrader) have put this program on the map! Its proximity to Chicago is an added benefit.

 

Michigan State University

 

2) Michigan State University – Lansing, MI
MSU has added many top notch voice teachers and coaches in the recent past (Marc Embree, Elden Little, and Mark and Sadie Rucker). Its dedication to high quality singing and its history with Opera Grand Rapids makes it a hard place to pass up.

3) Simpson College – Indianola, IA
For decades, this voice program has been one of the best for nurturing young operatic talent. Its strong dedication to singer development and its affiliation with Des Moines Metro Opera keeps it high in our rankings.

Utah State University

 

4) Utah State University – Logan, UT
Tucked away in northern Utah, USU has a wonderful relationship with Utah Festival Opera (a summer festival in the same town) thanks to Michael Ballam.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

 

5) Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL
This is a voice program that remains in its early stages, but recent additions in the voice department show an investment in the future. With its proximity to the many resources offered in South Florida (Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera) and inexpensive flights to New York City, we expect graduates from this program to thrive within a very short time.

 

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