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Voice and Opera Studies

Purchase College SUNY

24 months
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Voice and Opera Studies programme of Purchase College SUNY is a highly selective and unique program in the Conservatory of Music, designed especially to train and mentor serious young singers in their pursuit of a career in professional classical singing and opera.


Voice and Opera Studies programme of Purchase College SUNY offers a highly disciplined and completely integrated curriculum taught by a talented, passionate, committed, and caring faculty, all of whom were or are active, first-class performing artists.

Key facts:

The department’s working mantra is “learn to perform by performing,” and every class has a performance component. The program is widely acclaimed for its instruction of vocal technique and musical styles with a strong emphasis in languages studies, stage technique, and movement.

The operas, which are performed primarily by undergraduates, are routinely praised for their inventiveness and high level of professional quality, and are only one of the performing opportunities provided for students to combine these disciplines.

Others include outreach programs, public performances of opera scenes, chamber opera, art song evenings, solo recitals, and choral concerts. Our students have the opportunity to perform in the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, which houses four of the most outstanding and acclaimed theatres in the country, recognized for the high level of their acoustical properties and often used by professional artists and recording companies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Private Study: Voice
  • Teaching Techniques for Voice
  • Research and Writing for the Modern Musician
  • Opera Coaching
  • Operatic Styles
  • Teaching Techniques for the Stage

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Generally, successful freshman applicants have earned a GPA of 3.0 (or 85 on a 100 point scale).

Purchase does not require scores from the SAT or ACT exam (with exceptions), though applicants are given the option to submit them. It is recommended that test scores be submitted only if it is believed to benefit the application. For applicants who are considering submitting scores, we typically prefer the following:

  • SAT: 1170 total score; minimum Reading score of 24 
  • ACT: 24 Composite

Students who are required to submit test scores include:

  • Applicants who are homeschooled
  • International students, who will need to provide a TOEFL score
  • Applicants who attended secondary schools that provide only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11310 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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