Robert Ward, area head
At Ohio State, we take singing seriously.
Our voice faculty boasts performing and teaching credentials nationally and globally. We use our expertise to challenge, support and advance our student vocalists toward their individual career paths.
The voice area is a community of singers where our instruction blends individual attention with peer work. Students receive weekly lessons and studio classes, building skills and confidence while creating a network of colleagues who have similar goals and needs. In addition to offering studio classes, the entire department meets several times each semester for recitals and master classes, providing students an opportunity to sing for and learn from their peers at every level of degree program, as well as from the faculty and guest artists.
Our variety of degree programs (BM, BME, BA) allows us to create classes and experiences to fit many different career goals. Performance majors have ample opportunities to shine in recitals, solo appearances with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles, and in various staged productions. Education majors combine their vocal work with choral ensemble, conducting and classroom method classes; they additionally engage in classroom experiences in school districts around the Columbus metropolitan area. Our BA students have time and flexibility built into their degrees, leaving room for additional experiences as double majors, media artists and music business professionals.
Our graduate programs (MM, DMA; MA Pedagogy) are maintained with a small number of elite singers, which provides experiences through individualized attention and specialized opportunities. Graduates of these programs have continued in a variety of career paths, as conductors, performers and educators. The Singing Health Specialization is an additional concentration available to a select few graduates by faculty admittance.
Space permitting, non-music majors may sign up for individual lessons or class voice, pending permission from the area head.
Vocalists of all degree programs are eligible to audition for our many excellent performance opportunities. Explore our Ensembles and Opera & Lyric Theatre program [OLT is on hold for the 2020–2021 academic year, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic]. Additional opportunities are abundant both on campus and in the surrounding community. The Ohio State Department of Theatre offers a Music Theatre minor and presents numerous productions each year. There are also several music and theatre student organizations available through Student Life. Columbus also offers endless opportunities through community, professional and church choirs as well as through local opera and theatre companies. Columbus loves singers!
Graduates of the Ohio State voice area populate many of the opera and music theatre stages of America and Europe and can be found teaching in colleges and universities across the country.
FIND YOUR VOICE AT OHIO STATE!
Want to learn more?
Current High School Musicians
Visit School of Music Outreach to explore the many opportunities to experience music on our beautiful campus. We offer honor bands, instrument specialty days, summer programs, youth concerts and more.
Future Undergraduate and Graduate Students
- Explore the various sections under Future Students to learn about our areas of study, degree programs, Undergraduate Admissions visit days, application procedures, audition details and more.
- Future undergraduate students — contact Undergraduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Future graduate students — contact Graduate Studies at email@example.com.
Also feel free to contact any one of the voice faculty.