Vocal Performance

Vocal Performance

SJSU's School of Music & Dance Vocal Area is a thriving community of vocalists engaged in the vocal arts.  Students study the fundamentals of vocal production (breathing, vowel formation, intonation, resonance, and diction) and repertoire, including art song, opera, musical theater, and oratorio, in various languages, during their four years of study. Vocal students benefit from weekly individual lessons with our extraordinary faculty of artist/teachers, as well as weekly studio classes.

Vocalists have the opportunity to join the Concert Choir, the famous Choraliers, Opera Theater, Musical Theatre, Collegium Musicum, Treble Choir, Glee Club, as well as our student a capella groups, including the Spartones and Pitch Please!.  Undergraduate vocal majors perform recitals in their junior and senior years, and benefit from interation with an extensive rotation of distinguished guest artists.  Recent guests have included Eugene Rogers and Rickey Tripp.

Degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Master of Music
  • Minor in Music

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Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Director of Choral Activities

Sandra Bengochea, soprano

Christopher Bengochea, tenor

Dr. Corie Brown, Director Concert Choir

Ren Geisick, soprano

Jennifer Mitchell, soprano

Jacque Scharlach, mezzo soprano

Phil Skinner, bass-baritone

Jonathan Smucker, tenor

Simona Snitkovsky, vocal coach & opera theatre    

Audition Information

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