Shenandoah Conservatory is one of only six institutions in the country offering a Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy with a Vocal emphasis.
This degree prepares students for professional careers in higher education as researchers and teachers. Students gain advanced knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach in areas of anatomy, physiology, technology and applied voice. Classical and CCM vocal techniques are incorporated in the curriculum.
The Pedagogy program is a thriving community of researchers, faculty and students who are committed to merging scientific research with intuitive knowledge. Shenandoah Conservatory is the first institution to offer the Master of Music in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM).
Student experiences are enriched by close interaction with our faculty and guest clinicians which include Grammy Award winners, Broadway stars and coaches, jazz artists, and potential employers from all over the world. Jeannette LoVetri, Artist-in-Residence and creator of Somatic Voicework™, leads our Summer CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, supported by our team of dynamic, vibrant, and expert faculty.
Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory
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Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center (JOVRC)
The internationally recognized Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center serves as a central hub for our vocal pedagogy students. Our students and faculty collaborate in research projects that are published in the Journal of Voice and the Journal of Singing. Many have authored books produced by Nova Science Publishers, and other print media. They regularly present research at international conferences including the Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, the Pan-European Vocology Conference, Pacific Voice & Speech Foundation, the UCSF Voice Conference, and Johan Sundberg’s Function of the Singing Voice in Sweden.
Research tools available in the JOVRC:
- VoceVistaPro with glottal enterprises PC-2 EGG – we also have a modified version of VoceVista that allows longer LTAS measurements, and a portable EGG with boom microphone, headphones, and a USB computer connection.
- Glottal enterprises Aeroview software, Rothenberg dual chamber CV mask and a custom-built NEH handle with dual microphones and dual pressure sensors. We also have on loan an MS-110 data interface with the associated transducers and mask and a NEH 2.5 handle.
- Multispeech 3700 from KayPentax
- Madde and Apex from KTH (Decap, RTSect, and Director Musices are also available)
- Dr. Speech Real Analysis
- Speechstation 2 from Sensimetrics
- Student versions of Waveview, Aeroview, and Nasality, with training exercises from glottal enterprises.
We actively network with medical professionals in the region and collaborate with other university programs within the School of Health Professions.
Performance Opportunities and Ensembles
Shenandoah Conservatory produces more than 400 performances each year. Enroll in a dynamic curriculum and start preparing for a meaningful career in the arts. You will practice your craft in front of audiences and develop a plan for your professional launch into the industry that focuses on your personal desires and aspirations.
Embrace extensive performance opportunities with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. Unite with fellow artists and join an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to more than 20 instrumental, vocal, and dance ensembles that present numerous performances every year. These performances take place throughout Shenandoah University’s vibrant campus on its various stages, including a concert hall, recital hall, proscenium stage, black box studio, outdoor amphitheater and more, to venues and performance spaces in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and around the world. Ensembles constantly engage with Shenandoah’s dynamic faculty and an array of distinguished guest artists through residencies, workshops and unique performance opportunities.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s prestigious faculty is dynamic, creative, and passionately committed to the highest levels of artistic excellence. A deeply caring community, they mentor students with a wealth of professional expertise, balancing rigorous expectations with compassion and wisdom. At Shenandoah, you will study with, and perform for, award-winning composers, Metropolitan Opera singers, Grammy Award winning conductors and international competition winners. You will learn from leading scholars in music and premiere works created by accomplished dance artists and cutting-edge directors. Shenandoah Conservatory’s faculty embodies the highest levels of professional accomplishment and the deepest commitment to furthering the artistic growth and creative aspirations of students in every discipline.
Associate Professor of Voice and Voice PedagogyFull Biography
Professor of Voice and Vocal PedagogyFull Biography
Assistant Professor of VoiceFull Biography
Edrie Means Weekly
Adjunct Associate ProfessorFull Biography
Application and Audition Information
Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory graduate programs is highly competitive and the audition schedule fills rapidly. Early application and audition registration is recommended. All audition correspondence will be sent to the applicant via email.
Acceptance into Shenandoah’s doctoral programs is based equally upon the student’s abilities as an artist and scholar.
All applicants for doctoral study must submit:
- Transcripts from all baccalaureate and master’s degree study, documenting successful degree completions with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
- Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
- Essay of 500 - 750 words addressing your interest in the program, the experiences that have contributed to your preparation for further study in your intended field, your research interests (if any), and professional goals.
- Scholarly writing sample that includes citations and a bibliography - standard style format.
- Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s strengths in the desired area of study
Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy—Voice
Submit prescreening materials using the Shenandoah Conservatory online Audition Form
- Two contrasting selections performed from memory with live accompaniment
- NOTE: Scholarly writing sample and letters of recommendation MUST be submitted with the prescreening vocal selections.
- Based on successful completion of the prescreening, the applicant will be invited to register for an on-campus audition.
- A 30-minute (minimum) recital, with formal program, to include stylistically and historically balanced content is required. The audition committee will make a selection from the materials presented.
- A minimum of three languages must be represented.
- Both operatic and art song repertoire should be presented at the audition.
- Memorization is required.
- Invited singers must audition with live accompaniment and are encouraged to provide their own accompanist. A limited number of accompanists are available at the applicant’s expense. • Interview with the pedagogy faculty