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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.


Music Performance : Voice

What is Music Performance : Voice?

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice at the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers excellent training with the faculty of one of the premiere voice/opera programs in the country. Emphasis is on the development of skills: technical, linguistic, musical, and academic. Fundamentals of good vocal technique are instilled through both art song and operatic repertoire. With increased maturity, more demanding repertoire will be introduced.  

Singers must learn to perform in a variety of languages; at minimum, English, Italian, German, and French. Grammar study in each of the three foreign languages is a prerequisite for the degree program. Music skills and understanding are developed through participation in operatic productions, choral ensembles, music theory, and music history classes.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the CCM voice program may find professional performance opportunities with opera companies, orchestras and other organizations that present classical music concerts. With an advanced degree, teaching at the college level is a possible career path.

Professional singing is an extremely competitive field, and sufficient vocal and musical maturity are essential. CCM has an excellent record of graduates who have joined the music faculties of such institutions as; Indiana University, University of Michigan, Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, Temple University, Baylor University, University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory, Lawrence University, Oklahoma City University, University of South Carolina, among many others across the United States. Graduates of CCM's graduate voice program are engaged by American and European opera companies and symphony orchestras such as: The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco, Glyndebourne, Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Washington Opera, Concert Gebouw, and Wiener Staadsoper, among others.


All DMA programs consist of performance requirements (lessons, studio class, two solo recitals, and one lecture recital), and coursework in the following areas: performance preparation, historical perspective, and a cognate field. For details please see the curriculum link on this page.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC College-Conservatory of Music adheres to very high standards in the training of singers. An excellent faculty coupled with a well-earned international reputation allows CCM to be very selective in the admissions process. The facilities are superb and attract a knowledgeable audience to student performances. CCM has an unusually dedicated number of patrons in the community who sponsor students in the form of scholarship and audition assistance.

Performance opportunities abound for the CCM singers through high quality operatic productions, numerous ensembles, workshop performances, and religious institutions in the Cincinnati area.

The artistic atmosphere of Cincinnati, a city long known for its musical life and intense interest in the arts, is one that enhances the student's education. The Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, May Festival, Cincinnati Ballet Company, Matinee Musicale Series, Taft Chamber Concerts, Chamber Music of Cincinnati, as well as numerous theater subscription series, museums, and outstanding public broadcasting stations, WGUC and WCET, are but a few of the opportunities available to CCM students.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Performance : Voice

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9516
Karen Lykes