Artist Diploma

A 2-year voice performance program (graduate)

Artist Diploma in Voice


For those who want to master the art of performance

What is the Artist Diploma?

This highly selective program is designed to build on the undergraduate academic/conservatory experience or compliment previous graduate work to refine and train you for young artist programs and beyond. The diploma requires 24 credit hours in seminar-based instruction, private and group lessons and acting classes. It is designed to be completed in two years, allowing  some attendance flexibility for off campus performance opportunities. Upon completion, after you have demonstrated an expert level of performance skills and outstanding music achievement, you will earn an Artist Diploma. Jewell's Artist Diploma in Voice (Graduate) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music as a non-degree granting music program.

What's unique about Jewell's program?

Our small, intensive and highly personalized program is modeled after professional young artist programs, yet within an academic setting. Our campus setting fosters a “home” company during and after the program with on- and off-campus performance opportunities. Training includes seminar-based coursework, intensive lessons,coaching and acting classes and an ongoing commitment to help you advance into young artist programs as you begin your career.

If, while enrolled in the program, you receive  an opportunity to perform off campus, you will not only be encouraged to do so, but also be released by faculty to seize the experience and count it toward your performance requirements. Our goal is to always develop in you practical, immediately applicable skills, that you can extend to real-world performance opportunities as they arise. We seek to blend seamlessly the best aspects of an academic setting with the best hands-on performance opportunities in the local area and beyond. 

Once you graduate you are not forgotten. We extend to our students a commitment to ongoing vocal coaching, role development and career mentoring. You become a part of the extended Jewell vocal family, and we work with you to see you succeed in the industry as a whole.

The Faculty

  • Daniel Belcher, Program Director

    We are fortunate and proud to have internationally renowned and GRAMMY® Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher lead this outstanding program. His career has taken him around the world, performing standard repertoire and specializing in the premiers of new works. His roles and voice have been praised as being "vocally and physically agile, bright voiced and moving," and he has forged a reputation as the kind of artist you want to work alongside. He is keen to mentor and grow the next generation of singer actors and is passionate about building an elite and focused graduate program that will impact the world of opera for generations to come.

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  • Support Faculty

    Our full-time on campus faculty will be augmented by some of the nation’s leading opera creators. Specifically, the Department of Music has developed an ongoing connection with Stage Director Kathleen Smith Belcher, who will teach many of our stagecraft courses. Kathleen brings over 19 years of experience working with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, alongside many other prestigious opera organizations. Her insight into the inner workings of the industry, form an invaluable foundation for graduate students in this program. Read more about Kathleen Belcher's work and career.

    Dan will be joined by an outstanding group of supporting faculty. Some will teach regularly in the program and others will visit campus on a rotating basis creating opportunity for enrolled students to build working relationships with many of the industry’s leading influencers. Ten leading industry professionals (general directors, directors of young artist programs, conductors, composers, artist managers) have been secured for 2020-2021:

    • Greg Carpenter, General and Artistic Director, Opera Colorado
    • Garnett Bruce, Artistic Advisor, Opera San Antonio
    • Eric Einhorn, General and Artistic Director, OnSite Opera
    • Brad Trexell, Director of Artistic Administration, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
    • Carol Anderson, Principal Coach, Utah Opera
    • Laurie Rogers, Director of Young Artist Programs, Opera Saratoga
    • Gabriel Preisser, Executive and Artistic Director, Opera Orlando
    • Ana De Archuleta, President and CEO, ADA Artist Management
    • Cherity Koepke, Director of Education, Opera Colorado
    • Justin John Moniz, Executive Director, Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival
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Application and Admission

  • The Application and Cost

    The program is limited to six students per year, so apply now to begin the review process and receive full consideration. Classes begin in August. Cost is $18,500 per year, and campus housing is available at an additional cost.

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  • Admission Requirements

    • A completed application.
    • An official transcript from a nationally-accredited college or university showing the awarding of a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field.
    • Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student and regardless if credit was awarded.
    • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in music.
    • One letter of recommendation from most recent voice teacher.
    • Optional: One letter of recommendation from another professional with whom you have recently worked.
    •  A résumé/curriculum vitae.
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The Curriculum

  • Required Courses

    The Artist Diploma is highly personalized, designed to be flexible around candidates' opportunities to perform. However, there are 24 hours of required courses to graduate:

    • MUS 500: Applied Voice and Lyric Diction (2 credit hours) (must be taken four times)
    • MUS 510: Performance Application (1 credit hours) (must be taken four times)
    • MUS 520: Performance Coaching (1 credit hours) (must be taken four times)
    • MUS 610: The Singer-Actor I (1)
    • MUS 615: Professional Engagement Seminar I (1)
    • MUS 620: The Singer-Actor II (1)
    • MUS 625: Professional Engagement Seminar II (1)
    • MUS 630: The Singer-Actor III (1)
    • MUS 635: Professional Engagement Seminar III (1)
    • MUS 640: The Singer-Actor IV (1)
    • MUS 645: Professional Engagement Seminar IV (1)

    For more information about any aspect of the curriculum, contact the Department of Music or Daniel Belcher

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The Best of Kansas City

  • Premier Venues

    Kansas City is enjoying a resurgence of the arts. You'll find many benefits of being in an arts program in the Kansas City metropolitan area, including our proximity to premier venues. Kansas City is a Midwest mecca for the arts: You can enjoy The Lyric Opera of KC, Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas City Symphony performing in the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The newly-remodeled Folly Theatre and local, historic churches also host performances of world-class artists along with numerous, local performing arts organizations.

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  • Free tickets to the Harriman-Jewell Series

    Through the internationally acclaimed Harriman-Jewell Series, you can get free tickets to see the world’s greatest artists in concert. Each year the Department of Music and the Harriman-Jewell series team up to bring some of this outstanding talent to campus to give free master classes. You can perform for and interact with leading performers from around the world and receive direct feedback and instruction. Recently we hosted mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, soprano Danielle de Niese, violinists Robert McDuffie and Jeremy Denk, vocalists The King's Singers and Stephanie Blythe. The 2020-2021 lineup includes Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, The King's Singers and more. Visit the Harriman-Jewell Series website. And while you are at Jewell, you’ll get to perform in Gano Chapel, and stand on the very boards on which Pavarotti gave his world recital debut in 1973.

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