Due to the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19 precautions, all vocal auditions for the 2021-22 academic year will be by video recording only. All applicants for degrees in voice (BM, BME, Minor and MM) must audition in order to be admitted to the program.
Audition Repertoire: Two contrasting selections from the standard art song repertoire in varying styles or tempi:
- One art song (or aria) in English
- A second art song or aria in a foreign language such as Italian, French, German, Latin or Spanish.
Solo selections must be comparable to those prepared and memorized for high school All-State Choir auditions or Solo and Ensemble competitions.
- Selections must be memorized and sung without score. The audition must be accompanied with piano, either live or a pre-recorded track. (See below for Instructions)
If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Dr. Randi Bolding. If you have questions about the types of selections that are acceptable for the audition or would like suggestions for books which contain suitable repertoire, please contact Dr. Sarah Daughtrey, Voice Area Coordinator.
Vocal Performance Applicants must either perform an audition or submit an audition recording, which must include at least five selections, with music representative of the following styles and languages:
- Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary
- English, Italian, French, German
- Art song, opera, oratorio
Pieces should be memorized and sung without score. The audition must be accompanied with piano.
Letters of Recommendation: You are required to have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. The letters should be submitted by instructors in your discipline related to your proposed field of study who are in a position to analyze your abilities and academic promise. Letters may be submitted online or on paper via regular mail to Dr. James Shearer, Coordinator of Graduate Studies.
Instructions for Submission of Recorded Auditions:
Preparation (using the NATS national auditions guidelines https://www.nats.org/NSA_-_You_Tube_Round_Video_Submissions.html ):
Recording Location: You should record your video just as you would for a live audition. You may record in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, rehearsal room, or voice studio with good natural acoustics with or without an audience. You should dress professionally, as you would for a recital or live audition.
- Your camera should record from a fixed position as if three adjudicators were seated in front of you.
- You should face straight forward to the camera as you would appear to adjudicators in a live audition.
- Your video recordings must clearly show your face and most of your body from the knees upward.**
- **Singers, pianists, and teachers should follow the health guidelines/regulations issued by their institution/venue wherever they are recording.
- To view a short video of best practices for recording a quality audition video click HERE.
Preparing the YouTube Video
- Please note that you must select "unlisted" in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube.
- If you select "private," we will not be able to access your submission(s). If you select “Public”, you may encounter copyright issues with YouTube.
- In your application, provide the web link/address for each video that you submit.
- Please double check the links you provide for each video before submitting your audition.
If you need help with uploading your video to YouTube, instructions can be found HERE.