Music Department


Vocal Studies

At MIT singers of all levels of experience can expand their musical and technical skills by participating in both solo and ensemble performance offerings on a for-credit or not-for-credit basis. Options include: the Concert Choir, a large chorus that performs choral/orchestral masterworks; the Chamber Chorus, a small and more select ensemble performing a cappella and works accompanied by small ensembles; and the Chamber Music Society in which small vocal ensembles, jazz combos and a Jazz Choir are coached by a member of the faculty and perform on a concert a concert at the end of the semester. Jazz vocalists and instrumentalists are encourage to audition.

Advanced singers who are interested in private study are strongly encouraged to audition for the Emerson Scholarship Program. Those chosen to participate are offered financial support for private lessons and are offered the opportunity to participate in master classes taught by guest artist-singers. Acceptance into the Emerson Program requires participation in one of the music program's vocal ensembles and in an end of the term solo recital performance.

MIT student singers interested in solo singing may audition for the Vocal Repertoire and Performance subject (21M.410/510) which culminates in a semester-end class performance in Killian Hall.

As a vocalist you may also be interested in sharpening your musicianship skills (especially sight-singing) by taking one of our excellent courses in Harmony and Counterpoint. To broaden your knowledge and understanding of vocal repertoire you might consider taking one of our many fascinating subjects in History and Literature. Opera, Art Song, and Early Music are part of our wide array of vocal subjects offered. To visit the MIT subjects catalogue click here.

William Cutter is our Director of Choral Ensembles and advisor to the Emerson Vocal Scholars. Dr. Cutter, a composer and professional tenor, has performed with many of the premier vocal ensembles in Boston. He is also the Director of Choral Studies at The Boston Conservatory of Music and assistant to John Oliver for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus – the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.




The vocal offerings at MIT really cater to all types of choral singers. There’s definitely something for everyone.”

Tammy Y. Ngai ’10