Degrees and Programs

As a student in Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, you’ll be led by an exceptional faculty committed to your educational and artistic development. Our comprehensive curriculum is tailored to the needs of the 21st-century singer, who must not only sing but act, dance, analyze text, take on roles with significant physical demands, and interact with colleagues, designers, directors, and conductors from around the world. Your individual educational priorities are key, and we encourage you to progress at your own pace, through weekly coaching sessions with different faculty members, specialized residencies with industry leaders, and numerous opportunities to perform at the school, our Lincoln Center neighbors, and around New York City, the performing arts capital of the nation.


  • Bachelor of Music (BM)


  • Master of Music (MM)

  • Graduate Diploma (GD)


  • Artist Diploma in Opera Studies (ADOS)

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

For more information about the program and requirements, visit

Juilliard Vocal Arts overview video image
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"Yes, we are looking for beautiful voices, but more than that we are looking for vivid, curious, distinctive artists with beautiful voices. A Juilliard education can be so much more than technical training — it should be a conversation about art and life and the larger purpose of making music and performing. We are looking for singers who approach that big conversation eagerly and with courage, who want to expand their worlds and ours." 
Stephen Wadsworth Director of Artist Diploma in Opera Studies
"Over the last few years, the Juilliard School has become a hotbed for inventive opera productions."
Anthony Tommasini New York Times
“The whole cast [of Cendrillon] was excellent, particularly the mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau as the stepmother. [Emmanuel] Villaume drew glowing and nuanced playing from the orchestra. Juilliard could probably have run this show for two weeks.” 
Anthony Tommasini New York Times
“The result is a viscerally overwhelming performance of an intimate work, written for eight singers and a 13-piece orchestra. That these college-age singers throw themselves into it with such uninhibited emotion and physicality makes this spare, modern-dress production unsettlingly immediate.”
Anthony Tommasini New York Times


Marcus Institute alumni have gone on to perform with some of the world's most prestigious companies, including:

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra

  • Canadian Opera Company

  • Dresden Semperoper

  • English National Opera

  • Glimmerglass Opera

  • Glyndebourne Festival

  • Houston Grand Opera

  • Komische Oper Berlin

  • Los Angeles Opera

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Metropolitan Opera

  • New York Philharmonic

  • Oper Frankfurt

  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis

  • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Pittsburgh Opera

  • San Francisco Opera

  • Santa Fe Opera

  • Seattle Opera

  • Washington National Opera

  • Wiener Staatsoper

Recent alumna Julia Bullock talks with the Marcus Institute's Artistic Director Brian Zeger about her lead role as Cinderella in Juilliard Opera's 2014 production of Massenet's Cendrillon.

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“Julia Bullock, as Sharp-Ears, the titular vixen, led the way in terms of clarity of delivery and beauty of sound. Her broad range of expression allowed her to be impetuous and demonstrative in her early scenes, then appealingly self-dramatizing later when relating the story of her life to the Fox. In this beautiful courtship scene, Bullock's sound was especially opulent and glorious in her upper register.” 
Joshua Rosenblum Opera News