The Crucible performance, Spring 2022

Studying voice at SMU Meadows gives you access to a small individualized voice department with distinguished teaching in all areas of vocal study. You will receive personal attention and a multitude of opportunities for performance.

Voice Faculty

Clifton Forbis Clifton Forbis

Clifton Forbis

Professor and Chair of Voice

Barbara Hill Moore Barbara Hill Moore

Barbara Hill Moore

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Voice

Jason Smith Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Senior Lecturer and Vocal Coach

Leon P. Turner Leon Turner

Leon P. Turner

Visiting Professor of Practice


Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance

Complete the undergraduate application online 


Master of Music in Voice Performance
Artist Diploma
Performer's Diploma

Complete the graduate application online

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

If undergraduate need-based financial aid is desired, the FAFSA and CSS Profile must be completed. All applicants are considered for academic and music scholarships. We will do our best to provide a financial aid package that makes an education in the Meadows School of the Arts affordable.

Graduate financial assistance is available through merit scholarships, graduate assistantships, and work-study positions. The FAFSA is required for work-study and graduate assistantships.


Applicants will interview with faculty via Zoom and will receive information on how to register for the interview. Applicants will submit an audition video without meeting faculty or participating in music audition days. Music Education, Music Therapy, or Music Composition applicants submitting a recorded audition will be emailed information about registering for an interview with faculty.

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Alumni Spotlight

Spring and summer 2022 Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artis and Iowa Opera Outreach.
Currently a member of Houston Grand Opera Outreach called HGO Community Learning Program.
Adjunct Voice Instructor at San Jacinto College Houston, Texas.

Alyssa Barnes M.M. ’17, P.D. ’19

Roles with Dallas Opera 2021-2022 season and contracts for the 2023-2024 Season

Prosper Makhanya ’22

2022-2023 Utah Opera Young Artist Program
2nd Place Winner National Opera Association

Tshilidzi Ndou ’22

2021 and 2022 Santa Fe Opera Young Artist Program (2nd Year)
2021-2022 Florentine Opera Young Artist

Ardeen Pierre ’21

University of Oklahoma DMA program
(TDO artist 2020, 2021)

Amanda Kosi ’21

Tenor with Chanticleer 2022
Disney Hong Kong 2021

Vineel Mahal ’17

Simba in Lion King National Tour
Founder of Vox Fortuna

Elias Hendricks ’20

Opera Montreal young Artist
Santa Fe Opera apprentice
Des Moines opera leading role

Sydney Frodsham ’18
John Holiday wearing gold coat

John Holiday ’07 Performed at the Metropolitan Opera (2nd consecutive year) in The Hours with Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Joyce DiDonato and Denyce Graves.

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