Why Voice at William Paterson University?

For a young singer, the undergraduate years are highly influential in a student’s career. Whether you intend to pursue a career on Broadway or at The Metropolitan Opera, in New York or Nashville, in performance or music education, we believe that our multifaceted approach to voice in all styles will prepare you for the 21st-century career in music. At William Paterson University, we will prepare you for the career of your choice. No matter which program you enroll in – classical performance, jazz, pop, music education, music and entertainment industries, or sound engineering – you will receive 60-minute lessons focusing on excellence in technique and interpretation.

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Excellent and healthy voice training is the foundation of our program, combined with a team-oriented faculty environment. Our program is selective, so students receive individual attention and mentorship in all ensembles, private lessons, and master classes. William Paterson University provides all voice students a comprehensive education by a world class faculty that is committed to building your voice for the 21st-century career, regardless of your major. Explore our promo video for performance opportunities and what our students say about their WP Voice experience

The Voice Program has a distinguished history of success in preparing singers for the professional world in performance, education, and the music industry. 

WP Voice Faculty members perform with major opera companies and Grammy-nominated ensembles including:

  • New York Polyphony
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • Lincoln Center
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Boston Pops
  • Santa Fe Desert Chorale
  • International Contemporary Ensemble

Graduate schools attended by our voice students include top-ranked programs, such as:

  • Jacobs School of Music–Indiana University Bloomington
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • The New School–Mannes School of Music
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • University of Michigan–School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Butler School of Music–The University of Texas at Austin
  • Rutgers–Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • John J. Cali School of Music–Montclair State University

Graduates and Current Students have performed around the world with major artists as vocalists including:

  • Finalist in “The Voice”
  • U.S. Army Jazz Knights
  • Meatloaf
  • The Sea Within
  • Renaissance

Recent alumni have been selected for prestigious awards, such as:

  • Downbeat Jazz Award Winner: Best Jazz Vocalist
  • Jazz Mobile Vocal Competition
  • The MacArthur Grant

    Our music education graduates have a 100% placement record, influencing countless aspiring young musicians all over the country as well as internationally.