Theatre and Voice

The Division of Voice offers 2 programs (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music) for singers interested in art song, opera, oratorio, concert, other classical pieces or vocal teaching. Students receive training in vocal technique, languages and diction, vocal repertoire, acting and the theatrical arts. Performance opportunities range from workshops to fully staged productions, allowing students to develop their talents at the most beneficial pace.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre and Voice degree requires 124 credits.  Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.  Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the in-depth exploration of music as well as performing a junior recital and a senior recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for theatre/musical productions, or create their own path in music or music-related endeavors.

The School of Music

The School of Music at the University of Kansas ranks among the finest in America, offering comprehensive programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

The school nurtures and advances the art of music through creation, performance, scholarly inquiry, entrepreneurship, and enhancement of the artistic skills and experiences of the university and regional cultural communities.

The school is a major contributor to the arts community through the student, faculty, and professional performances in Swarthout Recital Hall, Bales Organ Recital Hall, the Robert Baustian Theatre, and the Lied Center of Kansas.

The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The entrance and graduation requirements in this catalog conform to the published guidelines of that organization.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Music

First-year students should enter the school directly. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended in addition to completing a successful audition. Other students can be admitted only with the permission of the dean. Send applications to the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions for information about international admissions.

Students who wish to major in music must audition. All music students academically approved for admission to the School of Music are admitted contingent upon demonstration by audition of satisfactory level proficiency in their areas of applied music. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), are eligible to return to the college or university last attended, and complete a successful audition. Only grades of C or higher are accepted in transfer credit toward degrees offered by the School of Music. Students who wish to transfer performance credit from another institution toward any music degree at KU must validate this credit by audition. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Music Theory Placement

The music theory placement examination is required of all undergraduate transfer students who have not completed a 4-semester theory sequence with an accredited NASM school. It is administered as announced on the School of Music website each semester.

B.F.A. Degree Requirements for the Theatre and Voice Major

A total of 124 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (16)
MTHC 105Theory I4
MTHC 115Theory II4
MTHC 205Theory III4
MTHC 315Theory IV4
Musicology (12)
MUSC 320Music History I3
MUSC 340Music History II3
MUSC 440Music History III3
MUSC 480Music History IV3
Theatre and Voice Major Courses (63)
VOIC 120Vocal Performance in English1
Applied music lessons: 8 semesters each for 3 credits, plus junior and senior recitals25
VOIC 270Lyric Diction for Singers: _____1
VOIC 470Lyric Diction for Singers: _____1
VOIC 405Vocal Literature I2
or VOIC 406 Vocal Literature II
THR 106Acting I3
THR 206Acting II3
THR 210Musical Performance for the Actor I3
THR 212Beginning Voice and Speech for Actors3
THR 213Movement I: The Acting Instrument3
THR 310Musical Performance for the Actor II3
THR 313Movement II: Physical Characterization3
Theatre elective from the following:3
Acting III
Popular Culture: _____
Audition Techniques
Musical Performance for the Actor III
Fundamentals of Directing
A Vocal Approach to the Classics
Ensembles: 4 semesters each for credit4
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 284)3
COND 245Conducting I2
REC 100Laboratory in Music Performance ((4 semesters))0
Basic Courses (33)
Foreign language: 2 semesters of same language10
ENGL 101Composition (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing (or any course that fulfills GE22)3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication (or any course that fulfills GE22)3
MATH 101College Algebra (or any course that fulfills GE12)3
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Social/Ethics: any course that Fulfills AE51 or AE523
Electives (music or non-music)2
Total Hours124

View the requirements for the Bachelor of Music program in voice.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
PIAN 1441PIAN 1481
REC 1000REC 1000
VOIC 1213VOIC 1213
VOIC 1201GERM 108 or ITAL 120: continue same language5
GERM 104 or ITAL 110: Two semesters required in same language5Ensemble1
Ensemble1 
 18 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS 1303MTHC 3154
MTHC 2054MUSC 3403
MUSC 3203REC 1000
PIAN 2842VOIC 2213
REC 1000VOIC 4701
VOIC 2213
FREN, GERM or ITAL, 2 of 3 req'd
 
Ensemble1Ensemble1
 THR 1063
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MUSC 4403MUSC 4803
VOIC 6223VOIC 6223
VOIC 4701COND 2452
FREN, GERM or ITAL 2 of 3 req'd
 THR 2103
THR 2063THR 3133
THR 2123MATH 1013
THR 2133 
 16 17
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
VOIC 6223VOIC 6223
VOIC 4052VOIC 6231
If not offered, then VOIC 406 next semester
 VOIC 4062
THR 3103
If did not take VOIC 405 last fall
 
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3THR elective: See list on degree sheet3
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
 Elective (music or non-music)2
 14 14
Total Hours: 127