Vocal students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its system of pronunciation. This system is applied to English, Italian, French and German languages. The study of vocal technique is also a component of this study.
All music students are required to take one year of Music Theory and Music History.
Each semester, they are also required to take Individual Applied Music, which provides training in ensemble performance through participation in large ensembles and chamber music. Vocalists participate in Cantus Chamber Choir as a conducted ensemble and in Opera Workshop for experience in theatrical literature and performance. Additionally, all music students sing in the Governor's School Choir each semester they are enrolled. Students also enjoy several performance opportunities in semester performances and student recitals, in addition to ensemble.The ensembles that give credit for Ensemble Applied Music for Vocalists are:
- Governor's School Choir
- Chamber Choir (Cantus)
- Opera Workshop
Each student receives weekly private lessons, group technique classes, master classes and private coaching.