Tuesdays with Tulsa: Spotlight: Vocal Performance majors

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa post is a spotlight on Vocal Performance Majors at The University of Tulsa and is brought to us by Kim Childs, Associate Professor of Vocal Studies and Voice.

Because TU is a smaller university, many people do not realize that we have a successful regional vocal program.

Welcome, prospective voice majors (and anyone else who wants to sing while at TU)! My name is Kim Childs, and I’m the Associate Professor of Vocal Studies and Voice at the University of Tulsa.

TU has a small but strong vocal program that includes two choirs (a competitive chamber singers by audition only [Cappella Chamber Singers] and a larger SATB chorus [TU Chorale], an opera workshop, voice lessons and numerous venues for performance, including conducting, vocal jazz and film studies.

TU vocalists have many opportunities for advancement and success. Each year, at least one of our vocal students wins or places in the prestigious Oklahoma National Association of Teachers of Singer Competition, and vocalists at our university have historically won competitions locally and regionally. Nationally known conductors, clinicians and performers come to TU each year, and our voice majors are fortunate to be a part of this.

In addition to solo opportunities, our vocalists are regularly featured in Oklahoma All-Collegiate Choir festivals, Tulsa PAC “Brown-Bag It” performances, the prestigious Bernsen Series, Tuesday at Trinity performances, and local and regional choir tours, including a recent performance at Carnegie Hall.

TU’s vocal faculty performs regularly. I am a tenor and a Baroque music specialist and perform regularly in early music performances and professional choral societies. Baritone-Bass and pianist Brady McElligott, head of the opera program at TU, performs regularly both local and regional.

TU’s scholarships are generous, and we look for fine vocalists each year. This year, we have substantial scholarship awards for tenor vocal performance or music majors. These top awards will be granted from our top selections during the audition process at TU for the 2013/14 year. Auditions are January 19, 26 and February 2, 2013 (all Saturdays) and you can find more information regarding the audition process at  http://www.utulsa.edu/academics/colleges/henry-kendall-college-of-arts-and-sciences/Departments-and-Schools/School-of-Music/Auditions.  Specific questions can also be obtained by calling our Vocal Departments Coordinator, Susan Goldman-Moore at 918-631-2768 or emailing her at:  susan-goldman-moore@utulsa.edu

The University of Tulsa is known for small teacher/student ratios and for a high rating of student satisfaction. As you can see, we have a tight-knit and fun-loving vocal family at TU! Come join the fun!