Vocal Performance, Master | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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The Master of Music in Performance at Catholic University of America is available in the following tracks: chamber music (piano), orchestral instruments/guitar, piano, vocal accompanying, and Vocal Performance.


After completing the general admission requirements to the Departments of Music from Catholic University of America, a student who wishes to major in Vocal Performance must successfully complete an entrance recital of approximately 60 minutes duration for a faculty committee. This should include, recital lieder, art songs, and contemporary works displaying vocal proficiency in at least three languages. Graduate credits in private music instruction apply toward degree requirements beginning with the semester during which the entrance recital is passed.

Foreign language requirements

Foreign language prerequisites include two semesters of undergraduate study in each of the following languages: Italian, French, and German, with a grade of B or better, taken at an accredited college or university as approved by the adviser and dean. In lieu of taking undergraduate courses, students who place into Italian 103, French 103, or German 103 on the university's Modern Language Test will be considered to have satisfied the prerequisite requirement in the given language(s).


Coaching is available for graduate vocal performance majors by request, in the semester in which a recital is scheduled. Further coaching is available with permission of the adviser. For this coaching, students pay the elective study (higher) private instruction fee. Each vocal performance major is expected to audition for all opera productions and actively participate as assigned by the vocal division. This may entail specific roles or participation in opera chorus as needed.

Graduation Requirement

A memorized solo public recital (MUS 902) of 70 minutes duration is required, to be presented following successful completion of a private hearing before a committee of the music school faculty. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Voice Private Instruction
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Music History Elective
  • Survey of Solo Vocal Literature
  • Combined Lyric Diction
  • History of Opera

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All entering graduate students in the Master of Music degree program in vocal performance must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.
  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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