The College of Arts and Architecture

Voice and Opera

Our resident voice faculty members teach approximately 50 School of Music voice majors (graduate and undergraduate) and approximately 50 musical theatre majors (matriculating through the School of Theatre). The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately twelve to one, ensuring that our students receive the individualized attention and mentoring necessary to help them become successful performers and educators.  

The Voice Area is a cohesive unit encouraging an open and positive atmosphere.  During their degree work, our students work closely with each of the faculty members, who, in addition to studio voice, teach Voice Forum and courses in related areas, such as art song, opera, oratorio, musical theater, acting for singers, voice pedagogy and diction.

Performance opportunities for undergraduate and graduate singers include:

  • Voice Forum (a weekly master class for the combined classical/musical theatre studios)

  •  Bach's Lunch (a weekly noontime concert series)

  • Common Hour (a weekly performance showcasing School of Music students)

  • Degree and non-degree recitals

  • Choral ensembles

  • Acting For Singers

  • Opera productions - The repertoire of the Penn State Opera Theatre varies fromyear to year and is tailored to the needs and strengths of the participating students, freshman through graduate students.  Every year, at least one fully-staged work is presented.  Recent operas performed include Le nozze di FigaroHansel and GretelThe Coronation of PoppeaThe ConsulThe Old Maid and the ThiefGianni Schicchi, and Così fan tutte.
Music Theatre Voice and Literature
Bev Patton
Music Theatre Voice, Opera Theatre
Jennifer Trost
Voice and Vocal Literature
Norman Spivey
Voice and Voice Pedagogy
Voice and Opera Theatre
Gwendolyn Walker
Music Theatre Voice
Rachel Copeland
Voice, Lyric Diction