Graduate opportunities

In the Division of Vocal Studies at the University of North Texas, our goal is for you to achieve the highest standards of performing excellence no matter where your musical career may lead.

We offer coursework leading to a Master of Music degree, Doctor of Musical Arts degree or Graduate Artist Certificate in Performance with a specialization in voice.

Our division provides a nurturing and challenging environment that has produced solo singers on the rosters of renowned opera houses throughout the world. Alumni include sopranos Patricia Racette and Emily Pulley, tenors Jeffrey Picón and Scott Scully, and baritone Michael Mayes, among others.

Through private lessons, you'll receive individual attention from faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized performers in opera, recital and musical theatre. Their vocal talents have been featured in productions with the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence. The college is vital to the region's arts community, presenting more than 1,000 concerts annually. Its facilities include 300 practice rooms, seven performance venues (including the Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center and Voertman Hall), numerous classrooms, rehearsal rooms, computer labs and an intermedia theater.

The College of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190- 5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This accreditation means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

Performance and research opportunities

The College of Music offers a variety of high-quality performance opportunities unmatched by smaller schools. They include:

  • A Cappella Choir
  • Vox Aquilae
  • Concert Choir
  • Grand Chorus
  • Jazz Singers
  • Men's Chorus
  • University Singers
  • Women's Chorus

In addition to those opportunities, the UNT Opera presents three yearly productions, exposing students to a broad range of musical and theatrical styles. There's also typically one production utilizing smaller orchestral forces or featuring collaborations with other departments across campus.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the College of Music and complete an audition before a faculty jury. Graduate school requirements are outlined at the graduate school website. Auditions are held on campus early in the spring semester for enrollment the following fall.

After being admitted to the College of Music, you'll take the music history and music theory placement exams given during orientation one week before classes start. More information about the college's requirements, audition dates, repertoire and graduate placement exams is available at our website.

Degree requirements

Master of Music degree

As part of this program, students are required to participate in a large ensemble for one semester, in addition to:

  • 7 credit hours of private voice lessons
  • 1 credit hour of chamber music, ensemble or early music ensemble lab course
  • 2 credit hours of an opera theater course
  • 3 credit hours of a research techniques course
  • 2 credit hours of a voice diction course
  • 9 credit hours in a related field (For related fields, consult the graduate catalog.)
  • 7 credit hours of electives
  • 1 credit hour of a final recital

Doctor of Musical Arts degree

  • 16 credit hours of private voice lessons
  • 6 credit hours of literature in vocal performance
  • 12 credit hours in a related field
  • 6 credit hours of music history courses
  • 6 credit hours of music theory courses
  • 2 credit hours of electives
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation (Three options are available for fulfilling this requirement.)

Graduate Artist Certificate

  • 16 credit hours of private voice lessons
  • 12 credit hours of recitals
  • 2 to 4 credit hours of large ensemble participation
  • 2 to 4 credit hours of chamber music

Financial assistance

Once admitted to the College of Music, you're eligible for competitive, merit-based scholarships and teaching assistantships and fellowships. Assistantships and fellowships are awarded each spring for the following academic year. More information about these opportunities is available at our website. Other financial assistance programs are outlined at the financial aid site.


Stephen Austin, Vocal Pedagogy, Tenor

Richard Croft, Tenor

Molly Fillmore, Soprano

William Joyner, French Diction, Tenor

Jennifer Lane, Advanced Diction, Mezzo-soprano

Stephen Morscheck, Italian Diction, Bass-baritone

Elvia Puccinelli, Vocal Coach

Jeffrey Snider, Song Literature, Baritone

Carol Wilson, German Diction, Soprano