24 months
924 USD/credit 13860 USD/year
924 USD/credit 13860 USD/year
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Opera Birmingham and Samford University have joined to create the Opera Birmingham Studio at Samford University. This two-year Vocal Performance program allows singers to enroll in Samford University’s graduate vocal performance program while simultaneously receiving professional performance opportunities throughout Opera Birmingham’s season.


Studio Artists will be assigned comprimario or cover roles in Opera Birmingham’s staged productions, appear as guest artists at Opera Birmingham concerts and events, and participate in joint Opera Birmingham/Samford Opera educational programs. Studio Artists will have numerous performance opportunities at Samford, including opera scenes programs and mainstage productions.  

Weekly voice lessons, masterclasses from visiting guest artists, seminars and classes in performance, literature, and history are included as part of the master’s degree program.  For over a century, Samford University has been a leading Vocal Performance program in the Southeast. Alumni perform on the world’s most acclaimed opera, music theatre, and concert stages. Faculty are distinguished scholars and performers.

Benefits include:

  • Up to full tuition covered by Samford University (scholarships and graduate assistantships)
  • Stipends covered by Opera Birmingham

Audition Expectations

To be considered for the Master in Music in Vocal Performance program and the Opera Birmingham Studio at Samford, singers must either audition in person on November 19, February 4, or February 25, OR submit audition videos by the application deadlines. 

Audition requirements: Five memorized, contrasting selections, with representation of English, German, Italian and French literature. Prospective students wishing to be considered for the Opera Birmingham Studio should present at least two arias at the audition, with an additional three selections of either art songs or arias. 

Prospective students who are not interested in the Opera Birmingham Studio should present at least one aria or oratorio piece at the audition, with an additional four selections of either art songs or arias.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in Music
  • History and Application of Performance Practices
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Seminar in Vocal Literature
  • Topics in Music History
  • Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2 Pieces: 

    One English art song, One art song in a foreign language, preferably Italian
  • At Auditions
  • Audition pieces must be performed from memory and with piano accompaniment.
  • Be prepared for a vocal and musical assessment with tonal memory exercises, sight-reading, and vocal range check.
  • Be prepared to discuss your musical background and future goals.
  • Apply for admission to the university and declare a major housed within the Division of Music on your application. Your university application will give you access to a Samford-specific “Application Status Page.”
  • Submit the Music Application through your Samford-specific “Application Status Page.” Please answer all required fields including a preferred audition and interview date. Once you submit a completed application you will be contacted via email confirming your audition date.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 924 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    13860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 924 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Homewood

850 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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