Vocal Performance

Vocal performers on stage.

SJSU's School of Music and 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



Dr. Jeffrey Benson Headshot

Dr. Jeffrey Benson

Director of Choral Activities

Office: 263

Phone: 408-924-4645

Sandra Bengochea Headshot

Sandra Bengochea

Voice; Opera Theater

On Leave

Phone: 408-924-4658

Christopher Bengochea Headshot

Christopher Bengochea


Office: 246

Dr. Corie Brown Headshot

Dr. Corie Brown

Choral Activities, Music Education

Office: 267

Ren Geisick Headshot

Ren Geisick

Vocal Jazz

Office: 105

Phone: 408-924-4678

Jacque Wilson Scharlach Headshot

Jacque Wilson Scharlach

Co-Voice Area Coordinator, Voice

Office: 268

Philip Skinner Headshot

Philip Skinner


Office: 246

Jonathan Smucker Headshot

Jonathan Smucker

Co-Voice Area Coordinator, Voice

Office: 246

Simona Snitkovskaya headshot

Simona Snitkovskaya

Collaborative Pianist; Chamber Music

Audition Information


Learn more about suggested audition repertoire.

Frequently Asked Questions