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BFA Vocal Performance

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22500 USD
22500 USD

Application fee

International 50 USD
National 50 USD
School of Music
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)102
SAT (avg)1400
ACT (avg)30

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About this course

The vocal performance program at Carnegie Mellon prepares singers for professional careers in opera and the concert stage. Alumni of the School of Music are currently performing with orchestras and opera companies around the world, as well as performing on Broadway.

Vocal performance majors study the classical bel canto technique with an emphasis on vocal health. Four semesters of acting and dance enhance their performance skills. Each year, the School of Music presents two fully-staged productions and an evening of opera scenes.

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Eligibility Criteria

All performance candidates are required to complete an audition and should carefully review the audition requirements for their studio instrument. A live audition is preferred

All Composition applicants are required to submit a portfolio for pre-screening review. Interview confirmations will be sent no less than two weeks before the scheduled date. Candidates who are unable to travel to campus in order to interview in person with the composition faculty panel will have the option to “audition by recording” when registering for an appointment.

(Regular Decision applicants only)

Students interested in the technology track for the BHA, BSA or BCSA should follow the technology specialization instructions below. 

The Bachelor of Science in Music and Technology (M&T) is a tri-college degree designed for students who would like to combine and blend their interests in music with electrical and computer engineering or with computer science rather than to pursue conventional majors and degrees in both. To be considered for the Music & Technology program, you must apply and be admitted to both the School of Music and either the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) or the School of Computer Science (SCS). When applying, be certain to check both the School of Music and either CIT/ECE or SCS on the Common Application Supplement.

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Course Modules

The foundation of the Undergraduate curriculum contains five elements:
Studio: weekly individualized instruction within a major area of study
Theory: to develop listening skills, to acquire theoretical knowledge, to recognize structural techniques, and to manipulate technological resources
History: in depth study of western music and survey of non-western styles and structures
Ensemble Work: student participation in some of the School of Music Ensembles
Academics: one General Studies course outside of the School of Music per semester and six semesters of Elective courses

Course Type
Semesters Required
Major Ensemble
Diction/Literature & Repertoire
Music History
Music Theory
Keyboard Studies
General Electives

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How to Apply

Submit the Common Application and all other required supporting materials to the Office of Admission. *please note that applicants to School of Music programs do not need to complete a SlideRoom Art Supplement.
Indicate one of three options on Section IV of the Common Application Supplement:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Technology

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