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Vocal Preparatory Program

Fall 2023 Schedule 

Lessons begin: January 16, 2024

Tuition due: January 26, 2024

Make-up lessons: Completed by week of April 15

Recital Dress Rehearsal: Monday, April 8

Recital: Saturday, April 20, 1:00 p.m.

(Rehearsal and Recital in Goranson Hall, Fine Arts Building, ISU Campus)



High-school students grades 9-12:  
Preference will be given to those who are participants in their high school choral program. 

Select Middle-school students age 12 and older:  
Preference will be given to those students who are participants in their middle school choral program.

Voice Lessons


Beginning voice lessons are designed for students who have had no previous private voice lessons and fewer than two years of participation in their school choral program. The basics of singing in tune, posture and breath, clear diction, and learning and performing a song from memory are addressed. Literature includes folk music, art song, and some musical theater selections specially curated for this level.


Intermediate voice lessons include those students who have had at least one year of private study, as well as two or more years of participation in their school’s choral program. Vocal technique goals would include aspects of breath control and refinement of tone and phrasing and elements of expressive performance. This level would involve the introduction of more advanced song literature, which might include a beginning Italian, German, or English art song.


Advanced Intermediate voice lessons are reserved for students with two or more years of private voice study, as well as more than two years of participation in their school’s choral program. Other qualifications for this level would involve solo performing experience, including but not limited to: state solo contests; participation in a NATS or MTNA festival or adjudication; and participation in school or community musical theater productions. Literature assigned would increase technical mastery for breath control, resonance, range, and consistency. Appropriately challenging literature could include all forms of art songs in various languages along with selections from operetta and musical theater. 


Tuition Cost for 13 Lessons

$215 per semester for 13 30-minute lessons

$322 per semester for 13 45-minute lessons

$429 per semester for 13 60-minute lessons

Tuition payment is due by Friday, January 26, 2024

Checks, made out to: 
ISU Vocal Preparatory Program

Mail to:
ISU Music Department
921 South 8th Avenue
Stop 8099
Pocatello, ID 83209 

Cash must be delivered to:
Music Department Administrative Assistant
ISU Fine Arts Building, room 204


Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley, Director, Vocal Preparatory Program


Studio: 208-282-2611

Cell: 208-241-6388


All students receive 13 lessons, a dress rehearsal and a recital performance. All lessons take place in the Fine Arts Building at Idaho State University. Lesson times are arranged directly with the assigned instructor. 

A Vocal Preparatory Program accompanist will be provided four times during the semester: during two lessons, the recital dress rehearsal, and at the recital on the afternoon of 12/2.

All instructors are select junior and senior voice majors in the music department at Idaho State University. They are supervised and observed by Dr. Livingston Friedley (Preparatory Program Director, ISU Voice Area Coordinator).

Mission Statement

The ISU Vocal Preparatory Program was founded to serve a dual purpose: To offer quality private voice instruction to students age 12+, and to provide ISU Voice majors the necessary and guided teaching internships that will ensure their professional success.

About the Program

Students will be evaluated by Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley, Director of the Vocal Preparatory Program, and will be matched with qualified ISU upper-division student vocal instructors. Lessons can be considered at a Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, with repertoire provided to match the skill level of the student. Each teacher balances a traditional vocal method with various styles, which include musical theater, folk song, and art song. The type of song repertoire and difficulty level is chosen to match each students experience and skill level by the student instructor from the curated library compiled for  young singers. Vocal preparatory participants receive instruction in vocal technique, skill development, and performance etiquette. All participants will perform as part of a Vocal Preparatory Recital, which serves as the Capstone project and final evaluation.

ISU Vocal Prep instructors will attend a monthly pedagogy seminar.  Discussion questions, techniques, challenges and successes, are among the  topics addressed. Feedback, problem solving and encouragement are provided by student colleagues and Dr. Livingston Friedley.

Program Registration