Voice Major - Clemson University Choirs
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Vocal Studies in Performing Arts

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 Information

Prospective voice students should prepare two songs of contrasting styles. At least one of the selections MUST be a classical folk song, art song or aria. Foreign language art songs encouraged. The second can be from a musical. 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. Lisa Sain Odom at odom@clemson.edu.

More Information regarding applications and auditions can be found here.

Alumni Stories

Caroline Ritchie Stahl

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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.

Kevin Arnold

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Being a Performing Arts major at Clemson University was instrumental in my development as not only an artist, but as a person. The truly special thing about the Department of Performing Arts is that you really get to establish a personal relationship with each of your professors, and they take a great investment in your growth. As a vocal performance major, I found that not only was the music faculty invested in my success, but the theatre and audio-tech professors were equally devoted to my maturation. Clemson has prepared me to be a successful artist at the graduate and professional level, and I feel very proud to say I went to Clemson.