DePauw University's vocal area is the largest major within the School of Music. Currently there are 50 - 70 majors enrolled in one of the degree programs.
All voice faculty are active members of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), recitalists, clinicians, and judges for state and regional competitions. Voice majors routinely compete and succeed in annual Regional and State NATS competitions, as well as other regional and national contests and auditions.
The voice professors and choral conductor teach and direct all applied voice lessons, voice classes, workshops, and ensembles.
- Bachelor of Music in Performance (B.M.) - Vocal
- Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) - General
- Bachelor of Arts - Major in Music (B.A.) - College of Liberal Arts Students
- Pamela Coburn, Soprano
- Kerry Jennings, Tenor
- Valentin Lanzrein, Baritone
- Barbara Paré, Soprano
- Gregory Ristow, Director of the DePauw Choirs
- Joachim Schamberger, Director of DePauw Opera
- Caroline B. Smith, Mezzo-soprano; Voice Area Coordinator
There are various advantages for voice majors and minors and College of Liberal Arts students who participate in choral/vocal programs on an elective basis.
Each year, in collaboration with the DePauw University Orchestra, a fully-staged production (double-cast) opera is performed. All casting is comprised of DePauw students. Recent productions include The Marriage of Figaro, L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicci, The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Magic Flute.
Fully-staged productions occurs through the Department of Communicatons and Theatre. Recent productions include The New Yorkers, Cabaret, Children of Eden, Sweeney Todd, and Urinetown: The Musical.
Master teachers are brought to campus to lead master classes and work with DePauw voice majors. Recent clinicians include Nathan Gunn, Elly Ameling, Paulette Herbich, Leonard Hokanson, Stephen Salters, and Benita Valente.
Two choral groups, each designated as a major ensemble, comprise the School of Music choral offerings.
Chamber Singers: Auditioned select, mixed ensemble
University Chorus: Large mixed ensemble, designed to perform larger works
Opera Workshop Scenes
Opera Workshop Scenes, designated as a chamber ensemble, casts students in scenes from operas and culminates in a semester-end performance.
Musical Theatre Workshop Scenes
Musical Theatre Workshop Scenes, designated as a chamber ensemble, casts students in scenes from musicals and culminates in a semester-end performance.
Vocal Chamber Music
Offered each semester as a chamber ensemble, voice majors explore repertoire written for voice and additional instruments. There is a semester-end recital.
There are opportunities for semester study abroad or domestically in the US. Locations recently selected for study include Vienna, Milan, Paris, London, Dresden, New York, Philadelphia, and Florence.
For further information
Caroline B. Smith, Professor
Coordinator, Voice Area
School of Music
Greencastle, IN 46135