Classical voice instruction is offered for students interested in classical studies. Jazz voice instruction in available for students interested in jazz studies.
The classical voice program provides each singer with the tools needed for a lifetime of expressive singing. Technical study is balanced with intense work on language and interpretation; solo performance is balanced with ensemble performance; academic courses are balanced with performance-based courses. Working in a collaborative environment led by our outstanding vocal faculty, students are encouraged to become the well-rounded singers and teachers needed in today’s changing world.
Along with core academic courses in theory, history and basic skills, we offer coursework that builds student skill in diction, song interpretation, role studies, advanced opera studies, and many more skills.
Learn more about advanced opera studies
Lessons, coaching and masterclasses
Students receive 26 lessons each year (one hour per week). Those in third-year performance, fourth-year performance, post-baccalaureate and master’s programs have 1.5 hours of lessons each week. Vocal coaching is scheduled for all voice students on a bi-weekly basis. Interpretation coachings, focusing on text and physicality, are also a feature of our program.
Each singer sings once per term in a vocal masterclass. Clinicians for the masterclass include our own faculty along with guest instructors. Guest instructors have included Rachel Andrist, Judith Forst, Darryll Edwards, Christiane Riel, Mark Wilson, Nikki Einfeld, John Tessier, Deen Larsen, Robert Tweten and Theodore Baerg.
Singers at the Desautels Faculty of Music have countless solo-performing opportunities through their ensembles, performance classes, masterclasses, and recitals. Also available are numerous performing opportunities with the larger arts organizations found in Winnipeg’s robust arts community. These organizations include the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Opera, Little Opera Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Canzona, Winnipeg Singers, Camerata Nova and the Musical Offering.
Meet our classical voice faculty
Our program is truly innovative, allowing students to take advantage of dedicated study at the undergraduate level leading to the Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree, and giving students opportunities to learn the language of jazz through ongoing collaborations with the leading musicians of the jazz world.
Lessons and masterclasses
Students receive 26 lessons each year (one hour per week). Those in third-year, fourth-year, post-baccalaureate and master’s programs have 1.5 hours of lessons each week. In addition, students attend weekly masterclasses where they perform for and alongside our own faculty and visiting artists such as trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, violinist Regina Carter, trumpet legends Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, and drummer Herlin Reily.
Meet our jazz voice faculty