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The Voice and Opera Studies Program
(Vocal Performance)

Vocal performance at Purchase College is a small, highly selective program designed to train and mentor serious students in their pursuit of a career in professional classical singing and opera. This is achieved through a highly disciplined and completely integrated curriculum taught by a talented, committed, and caring faculty, all of whom were or are active, first-class performing artists. Our working mantra is “learning to perform requires performing to learn.” To that end, every class has a performing component whenever possible. In particular, the program is noted for its excellent instruction of vocal technique, stage technique, movement, language studies, and musical styles. The program’s operas, which are performed primarily by undergraduates, are routinely praised for their inventiveness and professionalism and have won several annual National Opera Association awards.

Voice/Opera Studies Faculty and Visiting Affiliate Artists
Thomas Baird, BA, Empire State College, State University of New York
Joshua Benevento, MM, Purchase College
Christopher Colmenero, MM, Purchase College; Professional Studies Diploma, Mannes College, The New School for Music
Bonnie Hamilton, BA, Florida State University
Joan Krueger, MM, University of Michigan
Hugh Murphy, MM, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University
Sherry Overholt, DMA, Yale University
David Recca, MMA, Yale University
Kaori Sato, MM, Mannes College of Music
Jacque Trussel, MM, Ball State University

For more information:
Conservatory of Music Faculty & Visiting Affiliate Artists

For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Music/Voice/.

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