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Voice & Opera Resources

Career Paths

  • Performance – solo, chamber music, opera and theatre, various diverse styles, new music
  • Opera soloist or member of chorus
  • Broadway singer/actor
  • University professorships
  • Teaching in secondary schools
  • Private studio teaching
  • Music Festival teaching, administration
  • Diverse musical career that incorporates all facets of musical life, enhanced and made possible by entrepreneurial skills developed at FSU
  • Highlight graduates here (teaching and performing placements, interesting entrepreneurial endeavors, etc)

Engaged Learning & Learning Opportunities

  • Weekly studio classes
  • Masterclasses with a variety of guest artists
  • Chamber music coachings
  • Comprehensive study in diction, pedagogy, performance, and repertoire
  • Teaching experience for graduate students

Knowledge In Practice & How We Serve

  • Tallahassee Community ensembles including the Tallahassee Symphony, Bach Parley early music group.
  • Classical Singer Competitions and Conferences
  • Summer Opera Programs
  • Choral tours in the region and internationally
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions and Conferences
  • Outreach opportunities in solo and chamber music in the Tallahassee region.
  • Church music including paid singing and solo and ensemble work.

Graduate Placements of Recent Voice Students

Singers with degrees in voice and opera from FSU regularly win important competitions, go on to study at other leading universities and conservatories, including The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Eastman School of Music, teach in our nation’s finest music schools and conservatories, and perform in major opera houses throughout the world.


  • Lynn Eustis – University of North Texas, Boston University
  • Karen Coker Merritt – Stetson University
  • Jon Clements – Luther College, Arkansas Tech University
  • Arikka Gregory – Georgia Southern University
  • Alissa Walters Deeter – San Francisco Conservatory, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Sonya Baker – Murray State University, James Madison University
  • Tyler Nelson – Utah Valley University, Vanderbilt University
  • Christopher Mitchell – Murray State University
  • Albert Lee – University of Nevada at Reno
  • Evan Jones – University of North Alabama, University of Memphis, Florida State University
  • Raymond Feener – University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Jamison Walker – Stetson University
  • Matthew Markham – New York University, DePauw University, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
  • Robert Peavler – Eastern Michigan University
  • Daniel Weeks – University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory

Opera Coaching

  • Chris Fecteau – Artistic Director of Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble (NYC)
  • Robert Wood – Executive & Artistic Director at UrbanArias (Washington, DC), San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera
  • Eric David Frei – Oklahoma City University, Tri-Cities Opera, Taos Opera Institute, Seagle Music Colony
  • Timothy Myers – North Carolina Opera, Wexford Opera Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadephia, Central City Opera

Opera Directing

  • Sara Widzer – Glimmerglass Opera, Washington National Opera, Virginia Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre
  • Joshua Borths – Arizona Opera, Opera MemphisCrested Butte Music Festival, Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Current and recent FSU voice and opera students regularly win major competitions and perform in opera houses throughout the world. Click here for a listing of many of their successes and awards.