Dramatic Vocal Arts

Dramatic Vocal Arts — Marc Blitzstein’s "The Cradle Will Rock"

  • Willamette students in a theatre production
  • Willamette students in a theatre production

Fall Auditions for Spring Show

Sign up for Opening Days DVA Auditions for the Spring Show

  • Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1-5 p.m. – DVA and Voice Studio Auditions
  • Monday, August 24, 2020 at 1-5 p.m. – DVA Callbacks
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 4:10-6:10 p.m. – First day of class

DVA invites participation in all facets of the production and auditions may differ; for traditional singing roles, a student can expect to sing one to two selections, either operatic or musical theatre, or from the art song repertoire; performers may be asked to read a short monologue.

Email Dr. Skovira with any questions: kskovira@willamette.edu

Performance Dates/Times

  • Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2 p.m.

The Dramatic Vocal Arts program offers students a rich experience in fully staged opera performance and production, along with an in-depth integration of singing, stage movement, and character development. Dramatic Vocal Arts presents one fully staged production each year with costumes, set, and orchestral accompaniment, as well as additional performance opportunities, engaging off-campus events, and community projects. DVA offers students a rich experience with staged vocal performance of operatic and musical productions across the entire trajectory of Baroque through contemporary repertoire. Students may participate in DVA in all facets of the theatrical experience, through performing – acting and singing – and production.

DVA is open by audition or instructor consent to all Willamette University students, regardless of major.

Directed by

Dr. Katherine Skovira, Zeller Chair in Opera Studies and Director of Voice Studies


Recent productions include:

  • Carmen
  • Così Fan Tutte
  • Dido and Aeneas
  • Die Fledermaus
  • Der Schauspieldirektor
  • Gianni Schicchi
  • Hansel und Gretel
  • Hotel Casablanca
  • Our Town
  • Prima la musica e poi le parole
  • The Secret Garden
  • Suor Angelica
  • Town Hall

Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming contemporary commissions/workshops!

The Dramatic Vocal Arts program is made possible by the generous contribution of Norman and Marie Zeller.



Willamette University

Music Department

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6260 FAX

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