MA Advanced Vocal Studies

  • Advanced Vocal Studies

The Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) is established to address a perceived change in vocal and musical standards in current-day performance, particularly in opera. WIAV concentrates heavily on issues of vocal technique and style in operatic repertoire from the baroque onwards, as well as in art song repertoire.

Key Facts

Course Length:
1 year full-time / 2 year part-time
Start Date: September

Scholarships and Bursaries

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The course is based on individual, bespoke tuition provided by a team of distinguished coaches, including  Dennis O’Neill, the Academy Director, Nuccia Focile, Jane Samuel, and a number of visiting consultants, such as Dame Kiri te Kanawa (WIAV’s honorary president), Ryland Davies, Anne Murray, Richard Bonynge, Joseph Rouleau, and so on. There are also master classes, group teaching classes and participation in public events and professional placement.

There are four modules in Part 1 – Vocal Technique,  Operatic Repertoire and Performance, Art Song and Performance, History and Understanding of opera  Tradition in relation to the Vocal Performer. Part 2 contains one module: Professional Development in Practice and Application.

The programme provides the highest possible level of tuition for singers, either already in the profession or about to enter it. WIAV targets those students who have normally completed a postgraduate course (or equivalent) at a conservatoire. The programme is inherently vocational, essentially practical and designed to enhance already established abilities.

The admission/ audition process is managed entirely by Dennis O’Neill. The Course Director is Euros Rhys Evans.

Part 1 

80% Recital

20% Academic Interview (Vivas)

One Portfolio Module

Part 2

70% Recital

20% Process portfolio

10% Action Plan

Initial degree, and often postgraduate experience from conservatoires.

Graduates from the programme will have significantly enhanced employment prospects. This is demonstrated by the destinations of graduates from pre-cursor progress and WIAV alumni.

Taught in English with concentrated coaching in Italian, French, German and Russian.