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Advanced Vocal Studies (MA)

The Advanced Vocal Studies MA at the Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts is a specialist classical and opera programme focussing on the voice. Devised by Tenor, Dennis O’Neill, with the needs of the vocalist in the contemporary performing industry at its core, our students learn from renowned vocal technicians, performers and conductors to prepare them for a sustainable career.

The Academy provides a highly specialised and unique environment for a small number of singers and accompanists at the early stage of their training, recruiting young artists globally. Students work with the best vocal technicians, coaches, eminent conductors and international stars from the operatic world in order to develop their art to the highest professional standards.

An exciting Vocal Performance Education Centre, proud of its mixture of International, Academic and Industry based Staff and Coaches. The Academy’s work ethic is based on respect and co-operation. Having networks with industry professionals and continuing relationships with students who now work in the industry, both who return as coaches, we feel we can offer an ever current training and education to our joining students.

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Contact Name: David Bebbington

Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course

  1. A unique programme focussed on the voice.
  2. 1-to-1 tuition in Vocal Technique and 1-to-1 Vocal Coaching.
  3. Regular masterclasses and coaching sessions from international opera artists and renowned conductors.
  4. Based in Cardiff; the capital city of Wales, known as the land of song.
  5. Preparation for a career in the fast-paced world of vocal performance.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The MA Advanced Vocal Studies programme is an intensive programme designed to prepare you for the demands of the modern vocal performance world. Vocal Technique and repertoire development is central to the programme with support through regular sessions by visiting practitioners (masterclasses and coaching sessions) who are currently active in the industry and renowned in their field.

The key to success as a performer is 1-to-1 learning, which is offered at WAVDA in vocal technique and repertoire coaching with our Principal Vocal Tutor, Ryland Davies, and Vocal Coach, Jane Samuel along with a team of world-class singers, repetiteurs, coaches and conductors.

The programmes at WAVDA are deliberately small in number and enable your learning to be shaped around your interests and developmental needs in order to realise your full artistic potential.


Module Topics
  • Vocal Technique
  • Operatic Repertoire & Performance
  • Art Song Repertoire & Performance
  • Professional Practice Portfolio



Assessment is practical on the whole, and designed to offer you various different opportunities to present your learning across the modules. Assessment may take the form of performances, presentations, essays, and portfolios. There will be opportunities for feedback throughout the programme as well as mock assessments in order to prepare for final module assessments.

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Key Information

  • Ryland Davies
  • Jane Samuel
  • Dennis O'Neill
  • Jacqueline Pischorn
  • Pierre-Maurice Barlier
  • Jolanda Pupillo
  • Simon Rees
  • Tanya Harrison
  • David Bebbington


Entry Criteria

All applicants are invited to an audition that will involve a performance and a short interview.

Career Opportunities

You will be prepared for potential careers in vocal performance, Opera, theatre, education and music related areas. Completion of the programme would also enable you to progress to further postgraduate study and research.

Additional Costs

Approximately £400: text books, scores and travel to/from performances.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.