Singers at UND develop vocal technique and performance experience that help them reach their highest vocal potential while learning the skills necessary to have a fulfilling and sustainable career in the field of vocal music.
Voice students receive weekly lessons from faculty who are experienced performers and teachers dedicated to the success of their students. The voice program at UND is a vibrant cohort in the Music Department, and its students are working toward a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance, vocal music education, and many other majors across diverse degree programs.
We are a community of musicians who explore and share our humanity using our resonant voices, capable bodies, perceptive minds, responsive hearts and enterprising spirits.
Our mission is to develop and nurture singing artists toward their optimal abilities and expression.
Voice at UND
- Weekly lessons with full time faculty
- Weekly opportunities to perform and give peer feedback in Studio Class
- Student Showcase recitals
- Studio Recitals
- Opera/Musical Theatre
- Cabaret/Revue Performances
- Lyric Diction
- Vocal Pedagogy
- Choral Ensembles
- Solo Recitals
- Regular coaching with staff or student accompanist
- Musical Theatre Production
- Chamber Ensemble
- UND Early Music
- Jazz Ensemble
- New Music Ensemble
- UND Chamber Orchestra
- Grand Forks Master Chorale
- Master classes with renowned guest artists
- Community outreach performances
- Louise Toppin
- Robert Breault
- Mark Calkins
- John Tessier
- Carol Kirkpatrick
- Laura Loewen
- Cynthia Lawrence
- Nathan Stark
- Kip Cranna (UND alum)
- Mary Dibbern (UND alum)
- Tammy Hensrud (UND alum)
- Korliss Uecker (UND alum)
UND Voice provides several opportunities for students to get involved in staged vocal performance through the Department of Music, including:
Singing on Stage (Spring Semester)
Course centered around production and performance of fully staged dramatic vocal works, including chamber operas, scenes from larger operatic and musical theatre works, and dramatic songs across genres. Open to all UND students. Repeatable, with rotating productions and themes. Past productions include Dido and Aeneas, Opera in the Schools at Grand Forks and East Grand Forks high schools, and Party @ Hughes (reimagining of Prince Orlofsky’s ball from Die Fledermaus).
UND SNATS Presents (Winter)
The UND student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing presents a yearly cabaret performance focused on the Great American Songbook performed in intimate and unconventional venues. Recent cabarets have focused on Harold Arlen (The Wizard of Oz), George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and MGM Melodies.
All Studio Voice Recitals (Fall/Spring)
Each semester, the combined UND Voice Studios (students of both voice professors) present a recital of diverse songs from every style and genre. UND voice students learn healthy and flexible vocal technique that can be applied to any genre, and they are encouraged to explore a wide range of classical, theatrical, and popular styles. The All Studio recitals are sometime themed and always reflect the myriad wonders of song.