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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. Consider visiting Baylor before your scheduled audition to give you an opportunity to meet with a voice professor to discuss voice-related academic programs, to meet students in residence at Baylor, and to determine whether Baylor would be a good fit for you.

If you plan to attend Baylor as a non-music major and simply wish to participate in a choral ensemble, please do not request an audition for the Vocal Studies Division. Please see How to Join an Ensemble for more information regarding our choral ensemble audition process.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, graduate applicants must submit applications to both 1) the Graduate School and 2) the School of Music. Audition dates are selected on the School of Music application.

  • The audition committee consists of Vocal Studies Division members.
  • A pianist will be provided for your audition, though you may bring one with you if you desire. 
  • There is no pre-screening requirement to audition for the Vocal Studies Division.

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

Domestic applicants for the Master of Music in Vocal Performance must complete an on-campus audition in order to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. International applicants may be considered for a Graduate Assistantship by completing a live audition or auditioning via a recorded audition (see below). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the Master of Music in Vocal Performance.

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 requesting an audition date on the School of Music application, any such request 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.

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) will be asked to upload the following supporting materials the their School of Music application:

  • 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

An applicant may be asked to send a scanned copy, or copies, of repertoire to the Recruiting Coordinator upon request. Any scanned copy should be as clean as possible with the tempo marking of each selection indicated on the music. Please also include the applicant’s name and contact information on the first page of all scanned copies. Each applicant must bring copies of all repertoire for the audition pianist (even scanned music that may have been sent previously).

Master of Music in Vocal Performance Audition 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 of which must be operatic, and one of the two arias must contain a recitative. The second aria 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.
  • The audition may include the singing of vocalises at the audition committee’s discretion.
Master of Music of Church Music - Vocal Performance Emphasis Audition 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.
Recorded Audition Requirements:

We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule an audition on one of our on-campus audition dates. However, if an applicant is unable to appear in person and resides farther than 300 miles from the Baylor campus, a video-recorded audition may be submitted for admission.  Domestic applicants will only be considered for a Teaching Assistantship by completing an on-campus audition. International applicants will be considered for a Teaching Assistantship by an on-campus audition or video submission. The repertoire requirements for a video-recorded audition are the same as those for an on-campus audition. All selections on an applicant’s Audition Repertoire List (see above) must be unedited video and uploaded to the School of Music application before February 1 for those wanting to begin school in the Fall (no exceptions).

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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