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Students with strong performance skills are prepared for graduate studies in music. They become professional musicians, college and university teachers, or private studio teachers.

Why should I study vocal applied performance?

The vocal emphasis provides you with technical knowledge and skills so that you’re ready to perform professionally. You’ll have the opportunity to work with other amazing musicians in your classmates and faculty through any of the many performance groups offered at Bethel.

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni have gone on to perform professionally as worship directors, musical theatre actors, choir members, and more—all over the Twin Cities and across the world. 

What skills will I develop?

  • Advanced vocal performance skills in a variety of styles
  • Collaboration with others in vocal performance including opera scenes and musical theater productions
  • Rich knowledge of solo vocal repertoire, vocal diction in other languages, and vocal pedagogy
  • Preparation for graduate studies in vocal music
  • How to teach voice
  • Advanced musical theory
  • Rich knowledge of music history and literature
  • Conducting
  • Creative problem-solving

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: You'll perform with one of our highly-regarded musical groups, which travel around the Twin Cities, the country, and even around the world.

Performance Opportunities: Several home events like Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, and Jazz in the Great Hall also mean you'll perform regularly in our Benson Great Hall, a premier venue in the Twin Cities metro.

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music education grads since 2011 are teaching

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