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

Majoring in Voice at CWU

In order to study Voice at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Voice Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should be sure to visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for very important transfer student considerations.

Choosing to study Voice at CWU will provide you with well-rounded exposure and experience in many performance settings along with directed, intensive training for careers in teaching, performance, and research. With many solo, chamber, Opera and large Choral Ensemble experiences, the performance opportunities provided by the Music Department combine well with the “learn by doing” approach offered in private lessons and studio classes. Relevant coursework in CWU’s different degree programs range from strong core work in theory and history, to intensive specialized courses in literature and pedagogy.

General Information

The Voice Area of the Department of Music serves upward from 60 students per quarter with private studio voice lessons (applied lessons) to meet the requirements for the degree programs below as well as all other programs, such as Choral Music, 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.

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Vocal Performance Major
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) with Voice as the major instrument
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Choral Emphasis)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis with Choral Music Education Certificate)
  • Master of Music (MM) Vocal Performance
  • Master of Music (MM) Vocal Pedagogy
  • Master of Music (MM) Music Education

The Voice Area is committed to delivering both challenging and supportive instruction for the development of healthy and reliable technical skill. Courses in history, literature, diction and opera are also taught by the voice faculty.

Other performance opportunities include the CWU Theatre Arts Department and the local Valley Musical Theatre.


All students who would like to major, in a degree program with Voice as the major instrument, must audition for the voice faculty in order to be accepted to their degree program. Please visit our Voice Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process.


There are two full-time instructors and two part-time instructors who serve the Voice Area by teaching individual lessons to music students. They are all members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, NATS.

Voice-Related Student Clubs

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