Bachelor of Music in
Performance - Vocal

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

This degree prepares students for careers in concert or opera performance. While classical training is emphasized, the student will be well-prepared to perform in a variety of styles and genres.

Audition requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

An audition is required to be admitted as a music or theatre major or minor, to be considered for a scholarship, or to participate in a performance ensemble as a non-performing arts major.

  • All prospective music majors take a placement test in music theory and are assigned to an appropriate piano course. Performing arts enrollment is limited, so early application is strongly suggested.
  • Audition dates are subject to change. Verify dates on the School of the Arts website:
  • All auditioning students are expected to perform at least two solo works and demonstrate their skills in sight-reading or sight-singing. Auditionees will also interview with faculty
  • Two letters of recommendation

** Academic and SOTA Scholarships are available.



Program Faculty


Cory Schantz

Associate Professor of Music


B.M. Oklahoma Baptist University
M.M. Austin Peay State University
D.M.A. University of Oklahoma


Anne Schantz

Assistant Professor of Music


B.S. Southern Nazarene University
M.M. University of Oklahoma
D.M.A. University of North Texas

Dr. Cory Schantz has sung principal roles with Atlanta Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Baltimore Opera, among others. Most recently, he made his company debut with Opera Birmingham, singing the role of Capulet in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.

An active interpreter of oratorio and concert singer, Dr. Schantz made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2018, singing the baritone solos in Handel’s Messiah. He has also appeared as soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johns Creek Symphony, Rome Symphony, Billings Messiah Festival, and Brazos Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, Dr. Schantz appeared as baritone soloist on the recording Canciones del Corazon, by the Reinhardt University Chamber Singers.

As a recitalist, Dr. Schantz has performed recitals and presented masterclasses at Austin Peay State University, University of Connecticut, University of South Alabama, and the University of Tennessee. Upcoming recitals include performances at University of Toledo and Florida State University.

Dr. Schantz studied with Marilyn Horne at The University of Oklahoma (where he earned his D.M.A.) and the Académie Musicale de Villecroze (France). He has served on the voice faculty at Ouachita Baptist University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University and is currently on faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he teaches voice and coordinates the opera program.


Rebecca Salter

Associate Professor of Music


B.M. Oklahoma City University
M.M. Oklahoma City University
D.M.A University of Oklahoma

Dr. Rebecca Ann Salter is an Associate Professor of Voice at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where she serves at the Voice Area Coordinator.  Dr. Salter earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance at the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Salvatore Champagne. Prior to that, she studied with Larry Wade Keller at Oklahoma City University, where she earned her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance. Former students have performed on television and film, on Broadway, in national and international Broadway tours, and with various regional theatres. Many of Dr. Salter’s students have been winners and finalists at GANATS, SERNATS, and National NATS auditions. As a performer, Dr. Salter has received numerous awards, including the Benton-Schmidt Scholarship and Metropolitan Opera National Council District First Alternate (the year that Kelli O’Hara won), and was a Finalist in the 2010 TEXOMA-NATS Artist Awards Competition. Dr. Salter is a 2016 participant in the Naked Voice Institute at Northwestern University with W. Stephen Smith, and is certified from The Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music in Vocal Pedagogy (The LoVetri Method - Level I). She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (current Vice President of the Georgia Chapter, and former Registrar for the Southeastern Region) and Pi Kappa Lambda. She resides in the Lake Arrowhead community with her husband, Joseph.