Vocal Studies Overview
The Voice Department at Millikin University is designed to prepare students for success in the performing arts industry, regardless of their concentration or interests. Our world-class faculty is committed to helping young singers achieve their potential and to guide them in the direction of their desired career. All members of the Millikin voice faculty teach a variety of genres, per the student’s particular major and interests. By combining conservatory-style training with a strong liberal arts education, our students explore, develop, and hone their craft to become well-rounded artists with valuable skill sets that will prepare them for professional success.
Regardless of major, students are eligible to audition for all opera and musical theatre mainstage productions. In addition, our Opera
Workshop curriculum provides regular performance opportunities through a performance learning based curriculum. Our courses cultivate the versatility and flexibility necessary to achieve success in the 21st century’s evolving landscape. In addition, Millikin students have the opportunity to sing in a number of our internationally acclaimed choirs during their four years of study.
Our esteemed and internationally acclaimed alumni have gone onto perform on some of the world’s greatest stages including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House at Convent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scalla, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hamburg State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, Sarasota Opera, and more. In addition, many have appeared on Broadway, National Tours, and regionally. Notable alumni include Alan Held, Catherine Cook, Sierra Boggess, Lavon Fisher-Wilson, Ian Liberto, Jodi Benson, Lorraine Yaros Sullivan and Alexandra Batsios.
Following their studies at Millikin, graduates wishing to continue their education have gone onto attend some of the nation’s top graduate institutions including Rice University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and Westminster Choir College. Many have been accepted into young artist programs including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Sarasota Opera, Opera North, Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and Palm Beach Opera.