The Master of Music degree program in Ensemble Arts: Vocal Accompanying is designed for pianists wishing to expand their musical experience to include collaborative playing in the study of art song, vocal chamber music, opera, and oratorio. The curriculum provides advanced technical study while emphasizing the linguistic skills necessary for comprehensively coaching opera and song literature. Versatility is stressed, with a practical eye towards employment opportunities for skilled keyboard players in a variety of areas including the professional recital accompanist, opera coach, church musician, choral/symphonic pianist and musical theater keyboardist.
The degree program normally requires a minimum of two years to complete.In addition to two degree recitals, the curriculum requires the development of repertoire, attained through the performance of non-degree collaborative vocal recitals and participation as an opera, studio, and/or classroom pianist.
All candidates must meet language and diction standards in English and two of the following three languages: Italian, German, and French. These requirements may be satisfied by successful completion of a departmental exam in translation and pronunciation, or by completing the appropriate diction course and the equivalent of one year of college-level study in each language. Diction courses include Singing in Italian, Singing in German, and Singing in French.