Bucknell Voice Lab

Students on stage during a performance of Brundibar

Photo by: Gordon R. Wenzel

The Bucknell Voice Lab program offers a variety of training in all performance genres — from musical theatre to opera, from jazz to singer-songwriters. The Bucknell Voice Lab provides a wide range of opportunities for students.

Voice students now and in the future must be vocal chameleons in this ever-changing market. The Bucknell Voice Lab strives to create not only resilient musicians but resilient and flexible individuals.

Performance Opportunities

Undergraduate students present one fully staged and costumed opera/musical with orchestra each year in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Other performance opportunities each year include:

  • student-directed opera scenes programs
  • jazz cabarets
  • soloist opportunities with full orchestra
  • opera education

Entrepreneurship and community engagement are woven into the program as well to increase versatility and marketability.

Successful Outcomes

Our students have been selected as finalists in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition, as Young Artists for programs such as Opera Steamboat and Taos Opera Institute, and have attended Masters Programs in Voice Performance at Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and Westminster Choir College, among others.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals are held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Rooke Recital Hall inside the Siegfried Weis Music Building.

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Bucknell Opera Theatre

In addition to a diverse selection of operas, the Bucknell Voice Lab program provides students with:

  • Individual attention both in rehearsals and classes
  • Opportunities for undergraduate singers to sing lead roles
  • Career guidance (resumes, headshots, websites, marketing)
  • Directing experience, with the opportunity for production experience
  • Aria audition classes
  • Dance/Stage Combat
  • Acting
  • Stage makeup classes
  • Visiting music directors/actors/singers in residence