Singers at the College of Wooster are among the most talented and passionate students in the country. Performance and instruction opportunities for singers are open to all students, regardless of major. Those who qualify by audition for the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education in Teaching or Music Therapy degree programs participate in an intensive program of applied and academic study. In addition to coaching and performance in lessons and studio classes all of our singers have many additional performance opportunities to develop as artists.
Departmental Recitals are held several times throughout the semester and are open to all students studying applied music. Singers are encouraged to perform as often as possible when at least two contrasting pieces have been polished in lessons and studio class.
All students are allowed to audition for the workshop. Performances are held annually and can include scenes programs, chamber operas, student compositions, and full productions. Productions reflect a wide range of programming that is appropriate for the students’ vocal and artistic development. Recent scenes programs and chamber operas include: Opera American Style, The Face on the Barroom Floor, Mozart and the Moderns, A Hand of Bridge, Love and Marriage, Roman Fever and The Marriage of Figaro*Sliced and Diced. The Opera Workshop has also performed entire works, most recently the children’s opera A Gift of Song for over 1,000 elementary students in the tri-county area.
Students participate annually in competitions such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, Tuesday Musical Club and Classical Singer Auditions. Staff accompanists are available to prepare and perform with our singers.
The Ohio Light Opera has been a Resident Professional Company of the College of Wooster for nearly forty years. Each summer it presents several titles from the best of traditional operetta and American musical theatre. The productions are fully staged with orchestra. COW students enjoy a special relationship with the Ohio Light Opera and are frequently cast as ensemble members. Auditions are held on campus each December (COW students pay no application fee!).