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Applied Vocal Performance Major

Bachelor of Music

With a degree in vocal performance, you’ll become equipped with the technical vocal knowledge and skills to prepare for a thriving career as a professional musician or educator.

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Become who you’re meant to be. While earning a B.Mus Applied Performance: Vocal, you’ll learn and practice various vocal styles and gain rich knowledge of advanced music theory and vocal repertoire. You’ll be prepared to pursue graduate studies in music, and you’ll be ready you for a successful career in teaching or performing.

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Why should I study vocal performance at Bethel?

Here, you’ll find a Christ-centered learning community where you belong. Your learning will center in the Department of Music and Performing Arts, where you’ll learn from professors who get to know you personally and invest in your success.

  • Faith-fueled learning. You’ll learn to use your God-given musical talents to go into the world and serve with purpose, whether in performance, teaching, or composing.
  • Rich musical education. You'll become equipped with a well-rounded musical education in advanced vocal performance, conducting, pedagogy, and more.
  • A vibrant community. Youll learn in a dynamic music department where youll develop close relationships with your professors and classmates through lessons, practices, performances, informal gatherings, music trips, and more.

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Courses and skills

What skills will I develop?

By majoring in applied performance: vocal, you’ll develop the skills for a successful musical career. You’ll work with other amazing musicians as you refine your musical skills to prepare for your career.

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Advanced vocal performance skills.

You’ll develop mastery across diverse vocal styles, honing techniques for classical, contemporary, and experimental genres.

Vocal pedagogy.

Acquire skills in vocal instruction, conducting, and teaching methods, preparing you to mentor and guide aspiring vocalists.

Foundational knowledge.

Develop a deep understanding of music history and literature, grounding your compositions in a strong historical context.

Strong collaboration.

You’ll collaborate with others in vocal performances including opera scenes and musical theater productions.

Creative problem-solving.

Exercise creative problem-solving to overcome challenges in musical composition and performance settings.

Conducting skills.

Learn the art of conducting, mastering techniques to lead various ensembles with confidence and precision.

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Academic Plans

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Learning opportunities

What experiences will I have?

Hands-on learning is at the core of all Bethel majors. That means you’ll find numerous opportunities to get involved, study abroad, apply what you’ve learned, and gain. And Bethel’s size and vibrant community will allow you to pursue ways to get involved right away.

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Performance and competition opportunities.

Regularly perform in several home events like Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, and Jazz in the Great Hall. You’ll perform regularly in our Benson Great Hall, a premier venue in the Twin Cities metro. And our annual Concerto-Aria performance competition recital gives you the spotlight to perform your gift for others and win monetary prizes.

Collaboration and mentorship.

In private lessons, you’ll benefit from one-on-one mentorship and guidance from accomplished faculty members who are invested in your musical development.

Participation in music tours.

Participate in music ensembles that travel across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

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Real-world impact

What can I do with this degree?

With a degree in vocal applied performance from Bethel, you’ll be equipped for a variety of rewarding career paths, including:

Professional vocalist.

Pursue roles as a solo artist, ensemble member, or accompanist across diverse musical environments.

Music education.

Guide aspiring musicians through private voice instruction, leadership in school music programs, or teaching roles at colleges/universities.

Studio Instruction.

Establish a thriving voice studio, offering personalized lessons and coaching services.

Collaborative musician.

Collaborate with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, and actors in live performances and studio recordings.

Music direction.

Lead musical ensembles in various settings such as churches, theaters, and community organizations.

Composition/arrangement.

Craft original compositions, arrangements, and musical scores for a variety of projects and purposes.

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Catherine Victorsen

Private Lesson Instructor in Harp | csv65746@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Victorsen teaches private harp lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

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