Voice & Opera

Degree Requirements

Master of Music
Opera Coaching


The two-year Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Music Performance trains students as informed artist-performers. In addition to demonstrating technical mastery of their instrument or voice, students are expected to exhibit a thorough understanding of the theoretical, pedagogical, and historical aspects of the major, as well as a knowledge of the literature of their performance area.




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 M.M. in Opera Coaching requires 31 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and two recitals. 

Major Coursework 

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Opera Coaching
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
4 OPR 280  Graduate Opera Performance (2 semesters) 

MUS 698RA and 

Master’s Recital 
2 ENS 188  Butler Opera Productions, Opera Studio, or Opera Scenes (rehearsal accompanying, 2 semesters) 
3 MUS 387L 

Advanced Studies in Music Literature, Opera 

MUS 379K Opera Literature may substitute. 

2 MUS 280D  Topics in Diction and Translation 
7   Semester hours chosen from the following areas: applied voice, applied piano, score reading, orchestration, music literature, or related fields in music. 

A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester. 

A performance of an opera that was prepared and rehearsed may be used for credit for the Master’s Recital. Students using an opera production toward the recital should contact scheduling@mail.music.utexas.edu before the performance takes place. 

Supporting Work 

Supporting Coursework for the M.M. in Opera Coaching
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description

MUS 388T or 
MUS 388M 

Analytical Techniques or 
Topic 3: Contemporary Styles & Techniques 

4   Semester hours chosen from the following areas: Music & Human Learning, music history, music theory, vocal pedagogy, or related fields of music, drama, or foreign languages. 

Students must demonstrate written and conversational proficiency in English, Italian, French, and German prior to graduation. 



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.

Transferring Coursework

A new master’s student may petition to transfer up to six credits of graduate level coursework completed at another institution, subject to approval by both the Butler School of Music Graduate Studies Committee chair and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Detailed transfer regulations and forms for master’s students are maintained by the Graduate School.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Prior to 1st semester

  • All students must take the diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory. Additional diagnostic exams are administered for students in composition, voice, jazz and music theory.

Semester 3

  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RA, 698A.
  • M.M. Piano Performance students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • With the approval of their studio teacher, some performance area students may perform their thesis recital.

Semester 4

  • Students must submit a completed M.M. degree check form to verify their completion of coursework.
  • Students must apply to graduate – check graduate school website for deadline.
  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RB, 698B, 398M.
  • M.M. String students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • All other students take individual comprehensive exams as arranged by their studio teacher (for performance area students) or their supervising professor (for academic area students).
  • Most performance area students perform their thesis recital.
  • M.M. Music & Human Learning – Non-Thesis Track complete their master’s project.
  • M.M. Music Theory, M.M. Music & Human Learning – Thesis Track and M.M. Composition students complete their master’s thesis or master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.
  • M.M. Ethnomusicology and M.M. Musicology students complete their master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.



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