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Syllabus for Vocal Literature
Vocal Literature I, II, and III (MUS 261.1 and 361.1-2)
Suzanne Kompass
Artist lecturer in Voice
Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Literature
CELL: 484-350-2989
[email protected]
[email protected]
Music Office (Rose Panik): 610-861-1650
Hello and welcome to the world of vocal literature where you will be exposed to great
singers and interpreters of songs throughout the ages. How it all began and where we are
The course description outlines the focus of this class.
Repertoire for the voice seems endless. If we were to spend every waking minute of the
rest of our lives reading through scores, we would never complete the task.
A sense of curiosity throughout our time together is important and we will explore all styles
with an open mind. This curiosity will serve you well throughout your musical life and
lifelong learning.
Course Description – Vocal Literature:
Examination of solo vocal literature, from genres including opera, Lieder, oratorio,
mass (and other large choral-orchestral works), cantata, art song, orchestral song,
and chamber music.
Literature is divided chronologically from the Middle Ages to the present and we will
study representative works of each era. The time spent examining eras will be
weighted accordingly to the prolific nature of each representative composer.
Detailed analysis of representative works, including text-music relationships and
comparison of styles.
Weekly assignments to develop interpretive understanding of each genre through discussion,
analysis, and listening.
A working knowledge of appropriate vocal repertoire for students and various voice types
will be explored.
Learning materials will be provided through the music library or from my personal
collection on reserve.
Areas of Evaluation
Attendance 10%
Preparation/Discourse/Reading 30%
Contrast and Comparison of Periods/Styles 20%
Assignments 20%
Listening Journal 10%
Weekly assessment 10%
Schedule of Lessons
All lessons are scheduled by arrangement. If for some reason I am not available for a
scheduled lesson time, the lesson will be made up at the mutual convenience of the
student and myself. If a student cancels a lesson due to illness, every effort will be made
to make up the lesson time. If in doubt, please call me by 9am and we can discuss the
nature of your absence.
Academic Honesty at Moravian College
Academic integrity is the foundation on which learning at Moravian College, Moravian
Theological Seminary, and the Comenius Centre is built. Students are expected to perform
their academic work honestly and fairly. More information can be found here:
Moravian College is here to help : If you find yourself falling irreparably behind in a
course, please tell me and I will help in order to try and fix the problem. If not, please be in
contact with the Department Chair, who in turn will put you in touch with the Learning
Centre. Students who wish to request accommodations in this class for a disability should
contact Elaine Mara, assistant director of learning services for academic and disability
support at 1307 Main Street, or by calling 610-861-1510. Accommodations cannot be
provided until authorisation is received from the Academic Support Centre.