Recent graduates include Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner Madison Leonard (MM16), Met Grand Finals Winner Paul Corona (BM06), Tucker Foundation Grant Winner Amanda Majeski (BM06), and Met Finalist and San Francisco Opera Merola participant Matt Hanscom (BM05, MM07).
The voice and opera faculty collaborates to offer students a variety of course offerings that promote a strong technical and pedagogical foundation. Students receive weekly vocal instruction and, in addition, upperclassmen participate in weekly musical preparation sessions with the coaching staff.
Students have access to a number of performing opportunities including opera, recital, vocal solo class, master classes, and studio classes. All students are welcome to audition for the operas, two of which are fully staged, subtitled, and accompanied by full orchestra. The thriving music scene in downtown Chicago, only twelve miles from campus, offers many other performance possibilities.
The Bienen School of Music offers a number of special programs. Undergraduates may pursue dual degrees or double majors (music plus an outside field) or an ad hoc (self-designed) major. The faculty encourages and supports students interested in these opportunities.
All DMA students receive a full-tuition scholarship, stipend, and fully subsidized health insurance.