The choral ensembles at WSU present more than 30 annual performances on campus and travel throughout the Northwest and around the world. Recently, the WSU Concert Choir has completed international tours of Austria and South Korea. Additionally, the Chamber Singers have toured Italy, including performances in Florence, Venice, and the Vatican. Choral ensembles at WSU have been invited regularly to perform at prestigious conferences.
The WSU Opera Workshop presents performances of opera and musical theatre, providing singers and actors with the opportunity to perform exciting repertoire while developing singing, acting and stage movement skills. Each fall they present a program of scenes and one-acts; a full production is staged in the spring for Family Weekend accompanied by the WSU Symphony Orchestra. See the above link for a complete list of past productions.
Voice lessons are available to majors, minors and non-majors, dependent on a successful audition and availability of space in the studios. Vocalists regularly compete and rank as soloists in regional competitions. WSU graduates have a high rate of placement in music education positions and graduate schools, and have been accepted into prominent programs, including Eastman, Arizona State, and San Francisco Conservatory.
Voice faculty members are in demand as adjudicators and clinicians, presenting at state, regional, and national conferences, guest conducting at festivals nationwide, and appearing as performers in companies such as the Boston Lyric Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and Sacramento Opera.
Students enrolled in the Voice Studies Program have the opportunity to study with renowned faculty and perform in a variety of vocal/choral ensembles, including Concert Choir, Opera Workshop, Chamber Singers, Treble Choir, and University Singers. In addition, classes are offered in vocal pedagogy, diction, jazz improvisation, vocal literature, choral conducting, and choral methods.