Voice & Opera

Degree Requirements

Artist Diploma
Opera Performance


The two-year Artist Diploma (A.D.) in Music Performance is a highly specialized and performance-oriented non-degree graduate certificate program for exceptional musicians who have great potential for a professional career in music performance at the international level.




Administrative Contacts
Role Contact Person
Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor  James Buhler
Graduate Coordinator Marina Martinez
Graduate Admissions Coordinator Daniel Seriff
Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator Anne Hall
Registrar Stephen Wray
HR Coordinator Aaron Pyle
Operations & Scheduling Page Stephens


Voice & Opera Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head & Area Counselor, Opera Tamara Sanikidze
Area Counselor, Voice & Pedagogy Darlene Wiley
Director & Principal Coach, Butler Opera Center Tamara Sanikidze
Conductor & Coach, Butler Opera Center Douglas Kinney Frost
Stage Director, Butler Opera Center Chía Patiño
Collaborative Piano Rick Rowley
Voice Donnie Ray Albert
Voice Jill Grove
Voice William Lewis
Voice Cynthia Morrow
Voice Mikhail Smigelski
Voice Nikita Storojev
Diction Carlos Capra
Diction Eden Davis



Degree Requirements

The A.D. in Opera Performance requires 27 hours of registered coursework and three public recitals. A chamber music option is available.

Major Coursework

Major Coursework for the A.D. in Opera Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
4 VOI 480  Graduate Performance (in the first semester) 
9 MUS 398D  Artist Recital (in the second, third, and fourth semesters) 
4 ENS 18x  Opera Studio or Butler Opera Center (4 semesters) 
4 MUS 180R  Vocal Repertoire Coaching (4 semesters) 
6   Upper-division or graduate level courses not including those listed above. Students are encouraged to take courses appropriate to their instrument, such as literature, pedagogy, or specialized techniques. 

Opera roles may substitute for two of the three required recitals. Students using an opera role for a recital credit should email scheduling@mail.music.utexas.edu before the performance takes place to properly log the recital. 

Students are required to demonstrate by examination graduate-level proficiency in English, Italian, French, and German diction, and to exhibit language skills in the same languages equivalent to one semester of 506 each. Voice/opera majors are expected to have completed TD 309K (Musical Theatre Stage/Screen) or the equivalent. 



Advising & Registration

For information about course registration, deadlines, adding and dropping courses and other policies, visit the Graduate School Academic & Registration Policies webpage.

Students who wish to take an independent study course need to fill out a Consent Form. Once the faculty member and Graduate Coordinator have approved your request, the bar to register for the course will be lifted.

To be eligible for fellowships, scholarships and assistantships, graduate students are required to be enrolled full-time (at least 9 hours).

All international students are also required to be enrolled full-time during each long semester, regardless of whether they receive funding from the Butler School of Music.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Semester 1

  • Registration for (Instrument/Voice) 480 Graduate Performance course.
  • A qualifying jury must be performed at the end of the first semester of study.

Semester 2-4

  • Registration for MUS 398D, Artist Recital (for second and subsequent semesters)
    • Instrumental Artist Recitals - 3 recitals with a choice between these two options: the Solo recital option (two Solo recitals, one including a complete concerto, and one chamber music recital); or the Chamber recital option (two chamber recitals and one solo recital). Two of the recitals must be presented on the UT Austin campus and one recital must be presented off the UT Austin campus.
    • Voice Artist Recitals - 3 recitals (opera roles may substitute for two of the recitals).
  • In order to certify the diploma, students must submit the Artist Diploma Reporting Form to the graduate coordinator (check with the coordinator for the deadline).




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