The College of Arts and Architecture

Voice and Opera

The voice area at Penn State is vibrant, supportive, and comprehensive. Performance opportunities abound, and voice students in all degree programs are encouraged to perform as much as possible. Regular performance opportunities include:
  • Voice Forum (a weekly combined–studios master class)
  • Bach’s Lunch (a weekly Voice Area concert series)
  • Common Hour (a weekly performance showcasing School of Music students)
  • Solo Recitals (recitals are required in many degrees, and encouraged for students in all voice programs)
  • Opera Theatre (the repertoire varies from year to year and is tailored to the needs and strengths of our current singers, freshman through graduate students)
  • Acting for Singers (a performance techniques class that culminates in a showcase of excerpts from the lyric theatre)
  • Choral Ensembles 
  • Vocal Dimensions Jazz Ensemble
  • Sing Out! (Voice Area scholarship competition for performance across theatrical genres)
  • Scholarship Competition (an opportunity to win endowed School of Music scholarships)
  • Concerto Competition (School of Music competition for singers and instrumentalists to be featured in a Philharmonic Orchestra concert)
  • Guest Master Classes and Guest Coaching 
  • School of Theatre (auditions for musicals and plays are open to all students)
  • Penn State Thespians, No Refund Theatre (student-run theatrical organizations) 
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (chapter or regional student audition each semester)
The voice faculty are widely recognized for their teaching, performance and scholarship, and work together to provide each student with the best experience and mentoring. Singers have the opportunity to work with each of our faculty through lessons, Voice Forum, Opera Theatre, coursework (in lyric diction, vocal literature, voice pedagogy, and Acting for Singers), independent study, or other interactions.

Each year the School of Music sponsors more than 200 student and faculty recitals and concerts, while the University's Center for the Performing Arts brings internationally known soloists, ensembles, orchestras, and theatrical companies to Penn State.

Prospective students who would like to visit for a day of classes and rehearsals please contact Professor Ted Christopher at

Voice, Opera Theatre
Rachel E. Copeland
Voice, Lyric Diction
Norman Spivey
Voice, Voice Pedagogy
Jennifer Trost
Voice, Vocal Literature
Voice for Musical Theatre
Gwendolyn Walker
Voice for Musical Theatre