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Music Performance Comprehensive - Vocal Emphasis

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The Vocal Emphasis of the Music Performance Comprehensive degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney fosters academic and artistic study of the vocal arts through weekly private lessons, studio classes, study of lyric diction, performance opportunities in recital, opera, musical theatre and choral ensembles.

Vocal students at UNK participate and achieve success in state, regional and national performance competitions with organizations such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the American Traditions Competition. Vocal students pursue funded research and creative projects through university programs, summer student research programs and undergraduate research fellowships. Opportunity for summer opera programs in the U.S. and abroad enhance and broaden music, language and cultural experiences for voice students.

Vocal performance students participate in full-length, one-act and scene programs of opera and musical theatre, including outreach school performances through “Loper Opera.” Vocal performance majors perform both junior and senior solo recitals. UNK Music has an excellent record of preparing singers for acceptance and funding in competitive graduate music programs.

Career Opportunities

UNK graduates with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance – Vocal Emphasis follow a diverse career path in music and in other pursuits. Although most graduates of this degree pursue a Master of Music program upon graduation, others have pursued opportunities as music and theatre performers, or employ the skills of aesthetic judgment, problem solving, critical thinking, and independent work as a foundation for careers that require relationship-building for teamwork and confident public presentation skills.

Sarah Ponder

“I feel so lucky to have music be my life.” Ponder now lives and works in Chicago as a professional musician – soloist, ensemble singer, and college voice teacher. She has sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, and serves as adjunct voice faculty at Loyola University. Her favorite Chicago singing venue is Millennium Park, where the thrill of singing for a crowd of 13,000 provides her with an incredible “connection” to the audience."

Sarah Ponder

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL