soprano soloist with chamber orchestra
Soprano and Concerto Competition winner Amber Monroe ’17 performs with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in Ricky Gordon’s "and flowers pick themselves." Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Artist Diploma (ADip)

We develop young singers through vocal coaching and diction, language and pedagogy classes, and song and chamber music study. Students will gain confidence, performance acumen, auditioning skills, and artistry across a broad repertoire. Voice students have many performance opportunities including fully staged opera productions presented in original languages, choral ensembles, and solo appearances with instrumental ensembles. We prepare students for exceptional careers in opera, oratorio, recital, early music, and the music of today. Qualified advanced students may earn the Artist Diploma in vocal studies.

Program Director

Salvatore Champagne

Robert W. Wheeler Professor of Singing
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198
opera theater show hansel and gretel with hansel and witch
Oberlin Conservatory students perform in Opera Theater’s Hänsel und Gretel in Hall Auditorium. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Performance Opportunity

Oberlin Opera Theater presents two major productions with orchestra each year. Small-scale operas are presented in nontraditional venues during winter term. Recent mainstage productions have included Le Nozze di Figaro, Albert Herring, Street Scene, and the Rape of Lucretia. Students enrolled in opera classes also present performances of opera scenes each semester.

Upcoming Voice Events

Sample Courses

  • LANG 101 - Italian Diction 2 credits
  • APST 204 - Interpretation of Art Song 4 credits
  • APST 230 - The Teaching of Song 4 credits
  • APST 701 - Oberlin College Choir 2 credits

Voice Faculty

Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.

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“The core of singing is to express emotionally with great authenticity both who that performer is, that particular singer on the stage, but also the character that he or she is embodying.”

Lorraine Manz , Professor of Singing
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Voice News

Baritone singer-professor Timothy LeFebvre

Sing a New Song. And an Old One. And Repeat.

October 26, 2017
Associate Professor of Singing Timothy LeFebvre never strays far from the stage. Seven years into his life at the conservatory, he remains one of the most versatile and active faculty performers.