If taking your voice training to the highest level possible within a four year degree is your goal, Biola is a fantastic place to cultivate your talent. Whether your goal is to go on to attend graduate school, perform, teach, conduct or lead worship, as a singer at Biola University, you will have the opportunity to develop strong, healthy vocal technique and musical interpretation skills through private instruction and coaching by dedicated faculty and visiting artists. Biola University Chorale, Opera Theatre, Vocal Jazz and The King’s Men are just a few of the ensembles that offer students invaluable solo and ensemble performance experience. Recent voice alumni are currently in some of the finest graduate schools in the country, including Eastman, Manhattan, Peabody, and the Fletcher Opera Program. Alumnus Earle Patriarco (1989) sings regularly with the Metropolitan Opera, and Katie Van Kooten (2001) made her international debut at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London and has gone on to a highly acclaimed international singing career. Other alumni head major high school music programs, and still others are teaching on the university level.
The most special aspect about being a faculty member here, is using one’s gifts to serve the students. I am honored that God called me to be a part of the training of the exceptionally talented students that have come to major in voice here over the last 22 years.”
Biola not only helped me progress musically, but also helped me keep the importance of love and family in perspective. All of the professors truly cared about our spiritual growth as well as growth in our particular fields. Dr. Lock was my teacher and mentor and I will never forget the things he did for me at Biola. As I emerge as a professional artist I will always be mindful and thankful of the spiritual growth and love that I received in my time at Biola. ”
My time at Biola prepared me musically and professionally for a teaching and performing career. I am so thankful for the unique learning and performance opportunities. In particular, I am grateful for the wisdom, mentorship, and inspired teaching of Dr. Jeanne Robinson, Dr. William Lock, and Marlin Owen. ”
Biola gave me incredible opportunities to perform lead solo roles while I was a student, something that became a huge advantage to me when I went on to study in London. I also had close working relationships with all the members of the staff and production team and first-hand (sometimes hands-on!) knowledge of all the elements of being a part of a wonderful show. Biola helped me begin to build a strong foundation of teamwork, respect, professionalism and the sheer joy of bringing music alive on-stage.”
Many thanks to God, all my teachers, and the devoted secretaries that have made it possible to have gone this far. I look forward to carrying Biola's name forward as long as I can. ”