Voice Audition Requirements

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.

In addition to the Audition Registration Form described in the general instructions, all voice students should download and bring to their audition a copy of the Voice Questionnaire

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.