Master of Music and Master of Music in Opera degree programs connect performers, composers, conductors, and historians
Some say that mathematics is the universal language. But music crosses cultural divides just as readily, expressing the emotions and ideas of nations and eras. Binghamton University's Department of Music consists of expert faculty members from various backgrounds who guide students to greater appreciation and skill in all branches of the discipline.
The music program has over 35 faculty members with expertise in all instruments and playing styles, as well as vocal performance, composition, and more. Binghamton boasts a symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, three choral groups, an African dance and drumming ensemble, and more. Collaborative opportunities with the Department of Theatre prove advantageous for students wishing to study performance in operatic or musical styles.
The MM degree program (32 credits) has five areas of emphasis, which are conducting, composition, instrumental performance, vocal performance, or music history and literature. A thesis is required for graduation, which consists of recitals or a written research project depending on the area of concentration.The MM in Opera degree program (36 credits) is fulfilled in partnership with Tri-Cities Opera Company. It culminates in a full recital, alongside either a leading role in performance or a combination of supporting roles. Students receive training in acting, movement, diction (in German, French, Italian, English, Chinese, and more), and history.
Work with distinguished performers and scholars
Some of the diverse faculty members at Binghamton include Bruce Borton, James Burns, and Mary Burgess.Bruce Borton is associate professor and director of graduate studies for the department. He has composed choral works that have been heard around the US and in Europe. In addition, professor Borton has been an active church musician for decades.
James Burns is associate professor of music and Africana studies. As an ethnomusicologist, professor Burns has traveled to several remote areas of West Africa for field research. His findings are represented by publications and original sound recordings, which bring listeners closer to previously unfamiliar traditions.
Mary Burgess, associate professor of music, is an accomplished soprano soloist. She has played opera roles at festivals nationally and internationally, and has given solo concerts with orchestras to showcase an expansive repertoire. Her recording credits include Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy," sacred pieces by Bach and Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn's duets.
Student opportunities and accomplishments
The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra has been honored to accompany the Paul Taylor Dance Company on two occasions. The university chorus performs alongside local ensembles, and graduate students in composition have competed and won awards at national competitions. Opera singers gain professional training at Tri-Cities Opera Company, whose season typically consists of three productions that frequently include Binghamton graduate students.
Degrees & Awards
Entrance Exam GRE (for music history and literature applicants)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required for some
|Master's Degree Exam||GRE (for music history and literature applicants)|
|Master's Degree Requirements||Portfolio, writing sample|
TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||February 15|
|Types of financial support available||
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||11.11%|
|White or Caucasian||44%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||5.56%|