Graduate Voice Audition Details

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as a music major.

Graduate applicants must submit applications to both 1) the Graduate School and 2) the School of Music.

We encourage all Master of Music-Vocal Performance (MMVP) applicants to schedule an audition on one of our on-campus audition dates. When awarding graduate teaching assistantships in voice, highest consideration will be given to applicants who give on-campus auditions.  However, a video audition is acceptable for admission into the MMVP degree. Video auditions must be unedited and uploaded to the School of Music application (more details below). 

Video Submission Guidelines:
  • All applicants are required to state their name and the name of each selection prior to performing them.
  • All applicants are required to perform their repertoire with a pianist or an accompaniment track.  Submissions recorded a cappella will not be accepted.
  • All applicants are required to record in such a manner that they are visible from the knee up. Videos recorded too far back or too close to the singer are difficult to assess. 
  • It is requested that applicants perform all repertoire selections as a continuous recording in one unedited video. 

If you have any questions concerning audition procedures or the Vocal Studies Division, please contact the School of Music Admission & Recruiting Coordinator or the Vocal Studies Division’s Recruiting Coordinator.


Graduate Voice Audition Requirements

Please remember that all prospective graduate voice students must apply to both the Graduate School and the School of Music. If an applicant has not applied to the Graduate School prior to submitting audition materials, any evaluation of their audition will be denied until such application has been made. Prospective students can audition for a graduate voice degree only twice. The second audition must take place in a different academic year than the first.

Application Materials

All graduate voice performance applicants (Master of Music in Voice Performance, Master of Music in Church Music with Voice Performance Concentration, and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Church Music with Vocal Performance Concentration) are required to upload the following supporting materials in addition to their School of Music application:

  • audition video (if not auditioning in-person);
  • audition repertoire list;
  • scanned copies of representative recital and public performance programs;
  • a C.V. or résumé;
  • a list of repertoire that the applicant has performed to date to accurately represent accomplishments and course of vocal study thus far.

Master of Music in Vocal Performance Repertoire Requirements

  • A minimum of five vocal selections - additional selections may be offered at the applicant's discretion.
  • At least three of the four major style periods must be represented - Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century/Contemporary.
  • English, French, German, and Italian languages must be represented.
  • Only two arias can be presented: one must be operatic and the other can be operatic or an oratorio/cantata aria. Both arias must represent contrasting style periods.
  • The remaining repertoire must consist of art song repertoire and should also represent a variety of styles.
  • All audition material, other than an oratorio/cantata selection (which may be performed with music), must be performed from memory.

Master of Music of Church Music - Vocal Performance Emphasis Repertoire Requirements

  • A minimum of three vocal selections - additional selections may be offered at the applicant’s discretion.
  • At least two art songs and/or arias in two languages other than English.
  • One aria from a major sacred oratorio or cantata.
  • No repertoire in a popular music style will be accepted for audition purposes.
Questions?

If you have any questions concerning audition procedures or the Vocal Studies Division, please contact the School of Music Admission & Recruiting Coordinator or the Vocal Studies Division’s Recruiting Coordinator.

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