Vocal Arts Audition Requirements

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO BOTH PRESCREENED AUDITIONS AND THOSE INVITED TO IN-PERSON AUDITIONS IN JANUARY. 

 

For All Students

Basic musicianship skills, including sight-singing and rhythmic skills, basic piano skills, an understanding of music theory and history, and a healthy vocal instrument are expected of all incoming students.

All music must be sung from memory. A pianist will be provided for your audition, but you will need to bring your own sheet music. Taped accompaniment is not appropriate.

ALL Voice applicants must bring a completed Voice Questionnaire to their in-person audition.

For Incoming Freshmen only

You should be prepared to sing three contrasting songs or arias, as follows:

  • Three of the four following style periods should be represented: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st century.
  • At least one piece, but no more than two pieces, should be sung in English.
  • At least one piece should be sung in one of the following foreign languages: Italian, French, German, or Spanish.

Note: Incoming freshmen receive a maximum of 12 quarters of private vocal instruction.

For Transfer Students only

You should be prepared to sing four contrasting songs or arias, as follows:

  • Each of the following style periods should be represented: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st century.
  • At least one of piece should be sung in English.
  • At least one of piece should be sung in Italian.
  • At least one of piece should be sung in German or French.

Note: Transfer students receive a maximum of 6 quarters of private vocal instruction.

A transfer student wishing to begin work as in the B.Mus.-Performance program with Junior-level status shall have the following:

  1. One year of coursework in diction (English, Italian, German, French) and demonstrable skill with the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
  2. Repertoire representative of the previous year’s study, including (minimally) 6 arie antiche and 6 German Lieder.
  3. Sufficiently reliable technique, musicianship and vocal health to ensure the ability to perform successful degree recital(s) within 2 years.

 

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