All applicants for degrees in voice (BM or BME) must audition in person (if you are unable to come to NMSU in person, please contact Dr. Daughtrey – contact information below).
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 the piano. If you do not bring your own accompanist, you must send a copy of your music with your application (scan and email or by mail).
- Students will also be expected to demonstrate pitch recognition (tonal recall).
- Students will be interviewed about their musical background and prospective major.
Day of Audition:
- Perform two prepared vocal solos from memory (see repertoire suggestions above). You may bring your own accompanist or request one to be provided for your audition at no charge. You must have already sent in your music if using provided accompanist.
- Demonstrate pitch recognition and range.
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 a live audition or submit an audition recording (video preferred). The audition is to 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. You may bring your own accompanist or request one to be provided for your audition at no charge.
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 musical abilities and academic promise. Letters may be submitted online or on paper via regular mail to Dr. Sarah Daughtrey, Voice Area Coordinator. Any other questions regarding graduate vocal study should be directed to Dr. Daughtrey.
For more information about the graduate admission process, please contact Dr. James Shearer, Graduate Coordinator.