Our Voice and Vocal Studies faculty is comprised of highly educated teachers with significant professional artistic experience, varied backgrounds, and a broad range of voice and vocal coaching at the highest level. Seven teachers and professors teach voice-related courses, and today there are about 35 students with a voice concentration, within the various programmes. Multiple teachers collaborate on the students’ vocal development. Graduate students and students in the 2nd module have two Voice instructors, and there are weekly master classes for undergraduate students held by both in-house and guest lecturers.
Voice and Vocal Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music is founded on a long and rich tradition, while encompassing innovations in voice research and artistic development. Voice students at the Academy meet a collegiate with great knowledge of repertoire, and profound skills in Nordic, German, French, English and American song and Lied repertoire, as well as opera, baroque, contemporary music, church music, musical theatre and cabaret singing. There are also opportunities for students who wish to explore improvisation based on classical voice technique.
The Voice Section at the Academy offers student and teacher exchange programmes, in collaboration with leading music academies, in Berlin, The Hague, Tallinn, Leipzig, Karlsruhe, London, Stuttgart, Glasgow, Riga, and Helsinki, amongst others.
There are four Bachelor study programmes offered for students with Voice as principal instrument:
The Academy also offers Master Studies, Artist Diploma and Ph. D programmes. You can also have Voice as your principal instrument in our Music Therapy programmes and our Master in Music Education.
The Norwegian Academy of Music collaborates within a broad network of international music academies and conservatoires through teacher and student exchange programmes. The Academy's Voice instructors are regularly invited to give masterclasses at institutions abroad.
Research and Artistic Development
Several instructors are active professional performers at an international level, and our faculty members are involved in on-going projects within the fields of artistic development, dissemination, and research.
The Inner Singer. Development and use of the Feldenkreis Method and mental training in vocal teaching.
The Vocal Style of the Romantic Era. Artistic research on the vocal style and interpretation as documented in audio recordings from the early 20th Century.
Opera Repertoire for Young Voices (in Norwegian)
Barbro Marklund Petersoné
Improvisation Founded on Classic Voice Technique
Alone, together. The Vocal Ensemble: Practice and Identity
Voice Signature. Development of a method and textbook for vocal training.
The Norwegian Academy of Music endeavours to prepare singers for work in a changing industry. Courses in dance, writing, declamation, drama and theatre give the students a sound foundation for future development. Regular workshops and smaller productions in operatic and musical theatre give the students with practical experience. The Academy also offers Voice students accompaniment and coaching by internationally renowned accompanists.
Many former Voice students at the Norwegian Academy of Music have made careers as international singers. Graduates from the last 20 years include:
Tora Augestad, Mari Eriksmoen, Ingeborg S. Gillebo, Audun Iversen, Marianne Beate Kielland, Ina Kringlebotn, Vibeke Kristensen, Trine Wilsberg Lund, Silvia Moi, Berit Opheim, Kari Postma, Berit N. Solset, Magnus Staveland, Yngve Søberg, and Marita K. Sølberg.