Clemson Vocal Arts

Performing Arts Major

Vocal Studies in Performing Arts

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The B.A. in Performing Arts - Music Concentration allows you to create your own future in the Performing Arts. Our innovative Music degree combines performance (lessons and ensembles), music theory, music history, music technology (Finale, MIDI, recording), and arts administration (music business, entrepreneurship, and marketing).

Music students collaborate with Theater and Audio students and get hands-on experience in our professional roadhouse, the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, our on-site learning laboratory.

Students also participate in masterclasses, develop connections with professional artists, and work alongside dynamic faculty who are leaders in their field. Most importantly, our students are prepared for today’s highly competitive job market after graduation.

Audition for the major

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Where?

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

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When?

January 2022

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What?

Prospective voice students should prepare two art songs or folk songs of contrasting styles. At least one of the selections MUST be in a language other than English. Make sure the selections adequately demonstrate musicality, tone quality, and technical abilities. In addition to the prepared pieces, students will be asked to sight read a short excerpt. For repertoire suggestions, please contact: Dr. Anthony Bernarducci at bernar5@clemson.edu.

Stories

Kevin Arnold, Tenor

Kevin Arnold, Tenor

Kevin Arnold, Tenor

Congratulations to Senior Clemson Voice major Kevin Arnold for advancing to the national competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the Classical and Musical Theatre categories.

Kaitlyn Masai, Soprano

Kaitlyn Masai, Soprano

Kaitlyn Masai, Soprano

Congratulations to Freshman Clemson Voice major Kaitlyn Masai for advancing to the national competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the Classical category.

Whitney Davis, Voice Major Alum

Graduated Spring 2012

Whitney Davis, Voice Major Alum

Graduated Spring 2012

Whitney Davis, Voice Major Alum

I attended Clemson from Fall 2008 to Spring 2012. One of the biggest benefits of this degree for me was the size of the department. Because of the smaller class sizes, I felt more included in the department. The camaraderie between the disciplines was enjoyable and led me to have a varied experience with opportunities exploring theatre and audio technology on top of music. I currently am an adjunct professor at Francis Marion University where I teach music appreciation as well as voice lessons. I also run a private vocal studio in Hartsville, SC, and am the contemporary music director for a local church.

Caroline Ritchie, Voice Major Alum

Caroline Ritchie, Voice Major Alum

Caroline Ritchie, Voice Major Alum

I attended Clemson from Fall 2005 to Spring 2009. My favorite part of the degree—and perhaps of my college experience in general!—was participating in Clemson Choirs. I looked forward to every rehearsal, as it was always a highlight of my day and a much-needed respite from the stress of academic life. There is nothing like singing and making music with your peers. I made some of my very best friends in Clemson Choirs, many of whom I still keep up with to this day! After college, I moved to New York City and pursued a career in Arts Administration. I spent 5 years in the Development department at Carnegie Hall, where I worked in foundation relations, corporate sponsorships, and individual giving. As Senior Manager of the Patron Program, I helped raise more than $10 million annually to fund more than 100 concerts per year, as well as extensive music education programs.