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Degree in Music with Vocal Performance Emphasis

SNU's Music Performance Emphasis is, in one word, versatile. A combination of theory and practice provide an emphasis that prepares you for a wide range of work. During your time at SNU you will develop a diverse skill set through a number of unique learning opportunities. Log hours in our state of the art recording studio. Perform a variety of musical genres from classical to sacred to secular. Or join the nationally recognized U Singers, SNU’s jazz group. Whatever your desire in vocal performance, SNU has the opportunities for you to thrive. With individualized attention from exemplary faculty with extensive connections, you will be prepared to perform at any level.

Music Careers

When you graduate with your degree in music performance from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a successful career in many professions such as:

  • Performer
  • Music Teacher
  • Voice Coach

Download the Performance Emphasis, Vocal Brochure
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Degree in Music

The Program

  • Combines theory and practice providing a degree that prepares students for a wide range of work
  • Develops a unique skill set through a variety of learning opportunities
  • Integrates musical genres from classical to sacred to secular
  • Join our nationally recognized vocal jazz group the U Singers
  • Opportunity to join the Best Semester Program where students study music for a semester in Nashville learning the ins and outs of professional performance
  • Enjoy performing in various venues from around OKC to Austin City Limits

The Professors

  • Hold a wide range of musical expertise
  • One owns a recording studio business
  • Desire to see you succeed in the pursuit of your music career
  • Have extensive national and international connections in the music industry

The Preparation

  • SNU graduates hold the knowledge to get great jobs or continue their education
  • Our professors open up their circle of influence and network to help students land their dream jobs
  • Each year more and more of our graduates are accepted into some of the finest graduate and professional schools in the country including Boston Conservatory, Texas Women’s University, University of Oklahoma and more

Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music 
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Alumni Spotlight

Betsy Fischborn
Music Performance, Vocal alumni from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Currently: A studio artist with Tulsa Opera

Responsibilities: She covers main stage roles, performs for outreach events and sings in a couple of studio artist operas.

Achievements: Fischborn has held many roles, allowing her to travel all over the country for auditions, performances and competitions. Recently, she placed in the National Opera Association competition in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her opera career, she worked as an elementary music teacher for four years while her husband completed medical school. Following that, she earned her Master’s degree in vocal performance at OU.

In Her Words: “While at SNU, I discovered a passion for performing, enjoyed studying voice with Professor Cherrie Hampton and singing in my very first role in an opera. I first fell in love with performing on the stage of Cantrell Hall and in the music building practice rooms at SNU and am immensely grateful to the music professors who helped to foster my gifts as a musician.”

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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