Aug 17, 2022  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
Course Catalog 2022-2023

Performance Major: Piano and Vocal Accompanying Concentration

Course Requirements

For course requirements for the Performance Major: Piano and Vocal Accompanying Concentration, please see the grid .

Admission to the Double Major

Students wishing to pursue the double major should normally declare their intention to do so by the end of the sophomore year. Admission is by audition for a panel including the coach/accompanist, the student’s applied piano teacher, and one other member of the piano faculty. The voice faculty will also be consulted for its evaluation of the student’s aptitude for vocal accompanying. At the discretion of the above-mentioned faculty, a committee examination may be scheduled for the end of the junior year to determine whether the student should continue in the double major.

Non-Course Requirements

Degree in Piano Performance

Requirements remain as for the single degree:

i. three committee examinations;

ii. two appearances on a divisional, studio, or honors recital prior to the Junior Recital;

iii. Junior Recital;

iv. Senior Recital.

Degree in Vocal Accompanying

i. At least two public appearances as vocal accompanist before the end of the sophomore year (for example, on voice departmental recitals).  This requirement would be fulfilled as a matter of course through timely enrollment in Keyboard Accompanying.

ii. The accompaniment of one junior voice recital. This requirement would also be fulfilled through one of the stipulated Keyboard Accompanying credits.

iii. The accompaniment of two senior or Artist Diploma voice recitals (in conjunction with Interpretation of Art Song).

iv. Preparation and performance of a portion of an opera scenes program and/or assistance in the preparation of a major opera production (helping singers learn roles, playing musical and staging rehearsals, accompanying chorus, etc.). This project would be devised jointly by the opera director, the coach/accompanist, and (in the case of a full opera) the musical director as part of the require course,  Introduction to Opera, or as an individually tailored Production Project.

v. At least one Winter Term credit must be earned in a project directly related to vocal accompanying.

Recommended Elective Courses

Liberal Arts

ART        103                              Approaches to Western Art History

CLAS      210                              Greek and Roman Mythology

GERM    413                              The Age of Goethe

FREN      415                             Invitation à la Poésie


APST      700 or 701                  Musical Union or Oberlin College Choir

APST      800                             Chamber Music

APST      710 or 711                  Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra

Free Electives

APST      260                              Elementary Conducting

APST      240                              Continuo Realization at the Keyboard

MHST     316                             Studies in Opera

LANG     100, 101, 200, 201     English, Italian, German, and/or French Diction

Additional languages or other liberal arts