Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in music education; major in voice area
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in composition; secondary in voice area
  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in performance
  • Note: BM students may opt to double-concentrate in two of the programs listed above (performance and music education, performance and composition, or composition and music education).

See also the MM in Voice with a concentration in opera and the AD in Opera.


The voice program aims to foster a genuine understanding of efficient, healthy vocalism that features free vocal production with beauty of tone, optimum resonance, and the ability to effectively communicate thoughts and passion through the delivery of word and music on the concert and operatic stages. Students are trained to become disciplined, compelling artists who are performers of vocal repertoire from all genres with a secure knowledge of musical aesthetics, style, performance practice, and accurate diction.


Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher for 12 weeks of the semester. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. At the undergraduate level, courses in music theory emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of Western art music, principles of ethnomusicology, and a variety of special study courses. In the MM and DMA degree programs, students supplement their professional-level training in performance with courses in musicology, music theory, and music literature. The AD program is more narrowly focused on professional-level training in performance.


The members of the voice faculty include pedagogues who are also distinguished artists with careers that feature numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, and La Scala; concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Musikverein in Vienna; and many other major national and international venues.

Head of Voice: Eduardo Chama
Studio Voice Faculty:

Eduardo Chama (bass-baritone), Nancy Gustafson (soprano), Taina Kataja (soprano), Dawn Kotoski-Shicoff (soprano), Judith Nicosia (soprano), Susan Quittmeyer (mezzo-soprano)

Other Voice Area Faculty:

Faith Esham (graduate diction), John Giampetro (Opera Workshop), Patrick Gardner (Head of Choral Activities), Lachlan Glen (opera coach), Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer (collaborative piano, vocal coach), Dietlinde Turban Maazel (acting), Brandon Williams (music education).

Performance Opportunities

Ensemble participation is a fundamental part of students’ education at Mason Gross. With over 300 performances each year, students have ample opportunity to perform. Vocal ensembles include Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, University Choir, Glee Club, Voorhees Choir, and Opera Theater Rutgers. Additionally, the voice program offers master classes and recital opportunities, and the Opera Theater Rutgers intensive Operatic training program for Master of Music candidates. Opera Theater Rutgers produces fully staged operas along with various opera workshop and scene programs each year with open auditions for both undergraduate and graduate students.


  • Graduates in tenured collegiate positions:

    Christopher Arneson, Westminster College of the Arts, NJ

    Judith Burbank, Lenoir-Rhyne University, NC

    Donna Connolly, New Jersey City University, NJ

    Linda Cowan, West Liberty University, WV

    Brad Hougham, Ithaca College, NY

    Rachel Joselson, University of Iowa, IA

    Raejin Lee, La Sierra University, CA

    Karen Leigh Post, Lawrence University, WI

    Diana Livingston Friedley, Idaho State University, ID

    Jerrold Pope, Boston University, MA

  • Graduates in tenure-track, clinical or full-time collegiate positions:

    Cristina Castaldi, Witchita State University, KS

    Hui Cheng, Sanya University, China

    Alexander Lee, Marshall University, WV

    Elizabeth Murphy, Arcadia University, PA

    Sahoko Sato Timpone, Florida State University, FL

    Christopher Sierra, Washington State University, WA

    Curtis Streetman, Eastern Kentucky State University, KY

    Andrew Stuckey, University of Arizona, AZ

  • Graduates in adjunct collegiate positions:

    Marissa Arzillo, Rollins College, FL

    Kelly Birgfeld, Wagner College, NY

    Nicholas Connolly, New York University, NY

    Rochelle Ellis, Westminster College of the Arts, NJ

    Geoffrey Friedley, Idaho State University, ID

    Chia Tien Lin, National Taitung University, R.O.C.

    Susan McAdoo, Rutgers University – Newark, NJ

    JungHwa Park, New York University, Lock Haven University, NY

    Bethany Reeves, Manhattan Borough Community College, NY

    Ereni Sevasti, Montclair State University, NJ

  • Recent Performances by Graduates

    Paul An, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Benjamin Berman, Opera Chorus of Philadelphia

    Dennis Blackwell, Wolf Trap Opera

    Kimberly Christie, Baltimore Concert Opera

    Natalie Clyne, Chicago Choral Artists

    Nicholas Connolly, Natchez Festival of Music

    Eileen Cooper Sedek, Light Opera of New Jersey

    Gideon Dabi, Sarasota Opera

    Kaitlynn Davis, The Phantom of the Opera national tour

    Vincent Grana, ConcertOPERA of Philadelphia

    Joseph Hill, La Fiocco

    Sungji Kim, Boheme Opera

    Melissa Kornacki, Opera Delaware

    Richard Lissemore, The Phantom of the Opera national tour

    Clayton Mathews, ConcertOPERA of Philadelphia

    Chris Newcomer, Chicago world tour

    Amanda Pabyan, Metropolitan Opera

    Nick Raynor, West Side Story world tour

    Erin Schwab, Bronx Opera

    Wolodymyr Smishkewych,, the webradio of the European Early Music Network.

    Thomas Roche, Boheme Opera

    Amanda Squitieri, Rome Opera

    Laura Vicari, Coral Gables Opera

    Rachel Zatcoff, The Golden Bride, Off-Broadway

  • Graduates in Public Schools

    Jennifer Alagna, Monroe H.S.

    Adrienne Alexander, Conerly Road School

    Douglas Bender, Elmwood Park Memorial H.S.

    Alaine Bolton, Colonia H.S.

    Spencer Brooks, Ford Avenue School

    Jamie Bunce, Columbia H.S.

    Bernadette Burke, Hannah Caldwell Elementary School

    Melanie Chambers, Highland Park H.S.

    Patrick Connelly, Linden Public Schools

    Malcolm Couden, Saddle Brook Middle/High School

    Matthew Goetke, Holmdel H.S.

    Jessica Harrison, Eisenhower Middle School

    Kason Jackson, Carteret H.S.

    Cori Ann Jensen, Woodrow Wilson Middle School

    Barbara Klemp, Chatham School District Supervisor

    Christine Knitel, Forrest School

    Eric Knitel, Lyndhurst Public Schools

    Renata Koumendouros, Sampson G. Smith Middle School

    Adriana Lee, New York City Department of Education

    Stephen Markowski, Tamaques Elementary School

    Colleen Martin, Glover Elementary School

    Rommel McInnis, Clearview Regional High School

    Luke Ostrow, Somerset Intermediate School

    Wayne Mallette, Summit High School

    Lee Mamolen, Thomas Jefferson School

    Jeron Stephens, Melvin H. Kreps Middle School

    Christina Toulios, McKinley Elementary School

  • Graduates in Private Schools

    Diane Aragona, His & Hers Music (founder/owner)

    June Asai, Hunterdon Academy of the Arts

    Susanna Aslanian, Performer’s Theater Workshop

    Carlensha Grady, Metuchen Christian Academy

    Molly Hampsey, Harriet Tubman Charter School

    Maximilian Holman, Norfolk Collegiate School

    Viraj Lal, Newark Academy

    Sam Levine, Solomon Schechter Day School

    Mikayla Lucarano, Camden Community Charter School

    Jenna Milkewicz, Mastery Charter Schools

    Nicholas Petroski, Vineland Public Charter School

    Melody Stephens, Academy of Music and Dance (founder/owner)

  • Graduates in Director of Church Music positions

    Benjamin Berman, First Reformed Church of New Brunswick

    Joseph Hill, Mountainside Community Presbyterian Church

    Stephanie Mangioglu, New Brunswick Presbyterian Church

    Susan McAdoo, St. David’s Episcopal Church

  • Graduates in Summer Programs

    Diane Aragona and Kimberly Christie, Franco-American Vocal Academy, France

    Benjamin Berman, Amherst Early Music Festival, MA

    Joyce Chang, University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria

    Ariana Ciolino, College Light Opera, MA

    Linda Garcia, Christopher Georgetti, Vincent Grana, and Megan Kalberer, IVAI

    Nicholas Carratura, Christopher Georgetti, Vincent Grana, Sungji Kim, Yuri Park, Steven Saharic, Erin Schwab, and Jessica Sipe, Castleton Festival, VA

    HongKyung Kim, Emerald City Opera Institute

    Sungji Kim, Merola Opera, CA

    Erin Schwab, Chautauqua Festival, NY

    Brittany Stetson, Si parla si canta, Italy

    Eileen Cooper and Rachel Zatcoff, Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, Italy

  • Other

    Kelly Bruce, Office of Development, Philadelphia Orchestra