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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

About Vocal Studies

Looking for exposure and experience in the vocal studies field? By studying voice at CWU you will receive directed, intensive training for careers in teaching, performance, and research.

With numerous performance opportunities in solo, chamber, opera, and large choral ensemble settings, you will have the opportunity to learn by doing as you participate in private lessons, studio classes, and recitals. You will benefit from course material spanning theory and history to highly specialized courses in literature and pedagogy.

Why Study Voice at CWU?

Our program is committed to delivering both challenging and supportive instruction for the development of healthy and reliable technical skills.

three people singing on stageThere are many ensembles to join as well as numerous student clubs, such as:

  • Student Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS)
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • Jazz Educators Network (JEN)
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Auditions and Jury Information


Visit Voice Audition Requirements for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for important transfer student considerations.

Jury Information

For additional information regarding forms and procedures, please reference the information listed below.

Degrees Offered

We serve upward from 60 students per quarter with private studio voice lessons to meet the requirements for the degree programs below as well as all other programs, where voice is the major instrument or voice study is recommended as a secondary instrument. We also serve the Music Minor when enrollment numbers permit.

Questions? Contact us.

Dr. Melissa Schiel
Associate Professor Music Voice
Phone: 509-963-1216