All degree recitals require written program notes. Notes will reflect a degree-appropriate level of scholarship and will indicate any sources referenced in footnotes or a bibliography. Approximately two paragraphs per group are expected. Program notes will also include original language texts and English translations, noting the source for the translation. DMA students who are performing an opera role in fulfillment of one of the DMA recitals will be expected to write program notes for the performance as well.
Doctoral students should consult the DMA Handbook for their recital requirements. Information regarding counting an opera role for a recital and the necessary procedure to do so will be found in that document as well.
Only vocal performance majors are required to perform a recital. Music education majors may choose to do a non-degree recital with consultation of their teacher. Junior, Senior, and Master’s voice majors must perform degree recitals as a requirement for graduation.
Graduate students pursuing the MM in conducting may do their related field in vocal performance. Interested students must past an entrance audition. 9 hours selected from appropriate courses including MUAC 5503 applied instruction (6 hours) and additional 3 hours selected from: MUAG 5640 – Operatic Acting, MUAG 5650 – Opera Stage Direction, MUEN 5040 Graduate Opera Theater. There is no required recital but a regular jury will be taken for every semester of applied vocal study. Refer to the College of Music Graduate catalogue.
All incoming Graduate Voice Performance Majors entering the University of North Texas, College of Music are required to take a Proficiency Exam in Vocal Literature. This test will be administered during Graduate Orientation week, prior to the first semester of study. This exam is the first step in assuring competency in song literature. Competency in this area will be evaluated at the end of the MM and DMA degrees as a part of the exit examinations for both degrees.
All Graduate Voice Performance Majors entering the University of North Texas, College of Music are required to take a Proficiency Exam in Italian, German, and French Lyric Diction. This exam will be administered during Graduate Orientation week, prior to the first semester of study. This exam is the first step in assuring competency in foreign language diction. Competency will ultimately be evaluated at the end of the MM and DMA degrees as a part of the exit examinations for both degrees.
All undergraduate voice performance majors and music education majors with their concentration in voice are required to take four semesters of foreign language diction. Vocal performance majors are required to take two years of foreign language study, one year in each of two languages with Italian as the required first language. There is no conversational language requirement for Music Education majors.
Voice Concentrations (Music Composition, Music Education, Music History, or Music Theory) are expected to complete the Concentration Proficiency Exam at the end of their sixth semester of voice study. The exam is in lieu of the regular jury, but occurs during jury week.
Students must prepare eight memorized selections.
Upper Divisional Exam (UDE)
All undergraduate voice majors and concentrations must pass the Upper Divisional Exam (UDE) before advancing to the 3000 level of voice study. The jury of the fourth semester of study at the major or concentration level serves as the UDE. Students may neither postpone the UDE to a later semester nor take it before the fourth semester of study.* For repertoire requirements of the sophomore year (which apply to the UDE), see:
Voice students may be disqualified from the major or concentration at any time during the course of study by vote of the voice faculty. Students who have been disqualified must re-audition for acceptance at the major or concentration level. There is no guarantee that such students will be allowed to register for secondary voice lessons or that they will be readmitted at the major or concentration level after a period of secondary or private study.