Our Program Concentrations

We are united in our commitment to you, the student, as we nurture and train the whole singer, not just the voice

The Vocal Program at the University of New Mexico is one of the most outstanding and dynamic voice programs in the Southwestern United States. We are equally committed to our singers, undergraduate, graduate, music education majors and performance majors alike. Our students, who are frequently recognized for their excellence at local, regional, and national competitions, regularly continue their education at some of the country’s top-ranking music schools and conservatories. Our Alumni have appeared in performances around the world as well as serve on music faculties throughout the country.

The UNM voice faculty is committed to producing outstanding singers and training capable voice teachers. Our faculty teaches diction, pedagogy, opera and vocal repertory, and provides knowledge and insight to the interpretation of vocal music from all time periods.

World Voice Day April 16th, 2020

Introduction to the website and invitation to join the UNM Voice and Speech & Hearing Sciences faculty for our World Voice Day celebration.

Vocal Hygiene
Lori Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP offers tips for keeping your voice healthy

Total Singing Range Measurement
Get ready to amaze yourself! Let’s measure your total singing range. This video will help you to track your highest and lowest comfortable notes

Straw Phonation
Straw Phonation is a great way to warm up and cool down your voice. Here is a quick instructional video to get you started

Laryngeal Massage
A little massage goes a long way to help the throat relax before and after singing. Lori Nelson shares her expert instructions in laryngeal massage

Label My Larynx
Help Mrs. Swalin label important parts of her larynx, and learn a bit about your larynx too! Use this video to fill in the blanks on the “Characteristics of My Voice” worksheet

Cough Reduction Strategies
Can’t resist the urge to cough? Lauril Sachet of UNM Speech & Hearing Sciences has several helpful techniques for reducing that persistent urge to cough

Average Speaking Pitch
Now let’s talk about talking with Paula Swalin. This video discusses the importance of finding your best average speaking pitch

Dr. Hix Discusses Breathing
Dr. Michael Hix (University of New Mexico) presents a brief chat regarding efficient breathing for singing

Watch: Elisha and The Bears

Elisha and the Bears from Kristin Ditlow on Vimeo.

“UNM prepared me with the foundation of knowledge and skills I needed to advance as a musician while deepening my appreciation for the wonderful music being made in my home state.”
Dr. Sharon O'Connell

Associate Professor of Voice, University of Nebraska Kearney

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