Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance


The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree which is focused upon historical and contemporary classical vocal music and which may include studies of the music of Jazz and Broadway. As in the case of every major, Vocal Performance has a strong biblical, academic, and theoretical foundation. Performance degrees represent the highest standards of professional studies, including the history, theory, pedagogy and practice of many genres of music.

Why Study Vocal Music Performance at Nyack College, New York City?
  • Students who study Vocal Performance will have access to some of the finest venues and artists in the world, including some who are on our faculty.
  • Students will enjoy a valuable academic program which will give them versatility and opportunity in their future graduate program or career choices.
  • Students will be nurtured in a Christian atmosphere in which they will find encouragement on their way to fulfillment.
  • Students will have an opportunity to explore and perform many types of music and to study with top scholars within the context of a State-accredited private institution.
  • Students will make lifelong friends and important interconnections in the world of music in general and vocal music in particular.
What Will I Study as a Vocal Music Performance Major?

As a Vocal Performance Major, you will study the communication skills and vocal, instrumental, or keyboard skills which will enable you to have a long and fruitful career in your chosen field. Together with your Nyack Core Curriculum, you will also study the history, methods, and practice of vocal performance, including:

  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Private lessons Voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy (how to teach singing)
  • Music Technology

Additionally, you will travel and perform with elite music ensembles and you will be required to do a Junior Recital of approximately one-half hour in length and a Senior Recital of approximately one hour in length.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a BM Degree in Vocal Music Performance may be employed as solo or studio recording artists, studio technicians, church music ministers, graduate students in Performance or other related music areas. Graduates from our college enjoy such varied careers as opera singers, oratorio singers, conductors, composers, and vocal instructors.

Our Graduates

Nyack College, New York City has a high percentage of working musicians among its graduates. A number have gone on to higher education in reputed graduate institutions and conservatories. Several of our graduates have a worldwide touring career. Some are music ministers at respected local churches; some teach in State and private schools. Our graduates have shown the value of a versatile and creative Music program and continue to make us proud.

Key Faculty

Dr. Dana Talley, Director of Vocal Music

A veteran of worldwide touring and a former principal artist at The Metropolitan Opera, Dr. Dana Talley received much of his excellent training in New York at The Juilliard School and in Italy, where he lived and studied with one of the great opera stars, the late Mario del Monaco. More importantly, Dr. Dana is a Christian whose conviction shines through his teaching and performing. He transmits his enthusiasm for bel canto singing to his wonderful colleagues in the vocal department, and together they comprise a very distinguished and dedicated vocal faculty.


Credits: 120
Standard Completion Time: 4 years
Accreditation: New York State Board of Regents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education


"Nyack College School of Music is more than just my Alma Mater; it represents change, growth and a spiritual home. I came to Nyack NYC as an inexperienced young man who didn't really know which career path to choose, but I had an ardent desire to serve God and touch people. During my three years at the school I made life-long friends, experienced God's power through music and service, and became a better man. There are manyconservatories that can teach one to become a musician, but few places will teach you to become a light, a mentor, a servant and messenger, and a man of faith at the same time." (JH, BM Vocal Performance, 2009)

"When I arrived at Nyack College's School of Music in the spring of 2012, I certainly could not anticipate all the love and support that I would receive throughout my college career. As a budding singer in the highly competitive world of classical music, I expected the atmosphere to be cutthroat and volatile to anyone who didn't have their life together, and I surely didn't have my life together. Instead, I was surprised to find comfort and support under the leadership of Drs. Sue and Dana Talley, who went out of their way to ensure that my college career would be as smooth and successful as possible. I found a second mother in my vocal instructor, Willana Mack, as she covered me with her prayers and tough love. And the icing on the cake: I was surrounded by a multitude of peers from all walks of life, all willing to love and pray for one another and learn from each other. I cannot promise that one's college career will be entirely without its obstacles, but I can say that Nyack College's School of Music is a great place to overcome those hurdles and grow academically, spiritually, and musically." (N.V, BM Vocal performance 2016)