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Our Vocal Program includes opportunities to perform in full-scale Operas and Musicals, as well as in the Chamber Singer and Pop Singer Ensembles.  The Vocal Program is led by Alex Qian (281.290.5985 | alex.qian@lonestar.edu), an internationally invited guest singer, lecturer and conductor. Some of the region’s best singers and voice teachers also teach for the program. (Faculty List)

Private Vocal Lessons (MUAP)

Private weekly vocal lessons are also available exclusively to students enrolled in music courses or performing in music ensembles.  To register, speak to Mr. Qian about enrolling in MUAP 1181 (for a half-hour lesson each week) or MUAP 1281 (for a one-hour lesson each week).

Phantom of the Opera

Vocal Music Ensembles (MUEN)

All courses are 1 credit each.  Not all courses are offered each semester.

Perform in operas, musicals, choral performances, and pop singing shows (in collaboration with the Glee Club). Past performances include Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Evita, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carmina Burana, and many more.

Concert Choir

  • Register for Course # MUEN 1141
  • A large vocal ensemble performing large-scale sacred and secular works.
  • Recommended for all vocalists

Chamber Singers

  • Register for Course # MUEN 1151
  • A small vocal ensemble performing sacred and secular choral literature of various eras including madrigals.
  • Recommended for all vocalists

Pop Singers

  • Register for Course # MUEN 1154
  • The Pop Singers specialize in performing contemporary popular music, including music of radio, TV, motion picture, and Broadway. Some choreography and staging may be involved.
  • Recommended for all vocalists interested in popular (non-Classical, non-operatic) idioms

Musical Theatre I & II

  • Register for Course #MUSI 1159 (Musical Theatre I) or MUSI 2159 (Musical Theatre II)
  • Practical experience in auditioning, rehearsing, and performing in a major musical
  • Recommended for all vocalists interested in musical theatre


Music (MUSI) Courses Recommended for Vocalists

Not all classes are offered every semester.

Class Piano I-IV (1 credit)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1181 (Class Piano I), MUSI 1182 (Class Piano II), MUSI 1281 (Class Piano III), or MUSI 1282 (Class Piano IV)
  • Beginning keyboard instruction for the general music major as well as the nonmusic major who wishes to learn piano
  • Recommended for all singers; required of all music majors

Theory I-IV (2 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1211 (Theory I), MUSI 1212 (Theory II), MUSI 1211 (Theory III), or MUSI 2212 (Theory IV)
  • Study of harmony and analysis of diatonic and chromatic music, as well as an exploration of compositional techniques of Twentieth Century composers
  • Recommended for composers and serious musicians; required of all music majors

Ear Training & Sight Singing I-IV (2 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1216 (Ear Training & Sight Singing I), MUSI 1217 (II), MUSI 2216 (III), and MUSI 2217 (IV)
  • An aural study of rhythm, melody, and harmony, and experience in singing at sight in multiple clefs, all beginning with simple music and progressing into more challenging tonal and modal music
  • Recommended for all singers; required of all music majors

Music Fundamentals (3 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1301
  • A course for developing basic music skills with emphasis on music reading and elementary music theory
  • Recommended for non-majors who wish to learn to read music and students preparing to teach elementary school

Popular Songwriting I & II (3 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1386 (Songwriting I)
  • A course in writing lyrics and music for songs in all popular (non-Classical, non-operatic) styles
  • Recommended for vocalists who also like to write original songs

Professional Development for Musicians (1 credit)

  • Register for Course # MUSC 1191 (Audition required; email mailto:aaron.alon@lonestar.edu?subject=Professional%20Development%20for%20Musicians%20course)
  • A pre-professional course designed to help prepare students for the professional music world and/or to be the most competitive applicants for four-year music degrees. The course covers professional writing (résumés, bios, cover letters); effective audition, rehearsal, and performance technique/etiquette; and the basics of music law and business.
  • Recommended for all who plan to pursue careers in music and/or to pursue music degrees at four-year colleges. Note that this is a workforce course and will not transfer as an academic course.