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Undergraduate Auditions

How Do I Audition?

STEP 1.  Read through the degree programs on this site to determine the program that interests you.

STEP 2.  Follow the Admissions Checklist - please refer to this list often throughout your application and audition process. 

STEP 3.  Click here to access the Slideroom online Audition Application Form.  

Entering Freshman

If granted a live audition following your pre-screening submission in Slideroom, your live audition will consist of the following:

TWO MEMORIZED SELECTIONS. These songs should represent contrasting styles chosen from early Italian, 19th and 20th century art songs, and folk songs. All selections may be sung in English; foreign language selections are welcome. An accompanist will be provided. Students must provide the accompanist with the music for all pieces in the proper keys.

You will also be vocalized to establish your range and aural retention skills.

Although it is good for the singer to have had some foreign language experience, it is not required that freshman applicants sing in a foreign language in the audition.

Because the vocal instrument of students auditioning at the freshman level is usually in the elementary stages of growth and development, the particular selections presented in this audition are only important in how well they show evidence of the following: freedom, pleasantness and naturalness of quality, and production technique; range, extensity, and intensity potential; and musical, expressive-communicative possibilities. Previous musical experiences, such as school musicals, choral singing, community theater etc. are essential, and previous study on an instrument, especially piano, is desirable.

Entering Transfers (Sophomores and Juniors)

If granted a live audition following your pre-screening submission in Slideroom, your live audition will consist of the following:

FOUR MEMORIZED SELECTIONS. These songs must represent contrasting styles chosen from early Italian, 19th and 20th century art songs, and folk songs and include at least one foreign language as well as English. One selection may be an operatic or oratorio aria. An accompanist will be provided. Students must provide the accompanist with the music for all pieces in the proper keys.

You will also be vocalized to establish your range and aural retention skills.


Note:

The distinction between the BM in Performance (Vocal) degree track and a non-performance degree track (BM Music Studies [Choral], BA in Music, or BS in Sound Recording Technology, etc.) is based not on the difficulty of the repertory presented, but in the potential of success in the chosen degree program as perceived by the faculty.  It is recommended that the singer perform art songs such as those found in the G. Schirmer anthology of Twenty-Four Italian Songs of the 17th and 18th Centuries; Witmark's Pathways of Song; Boosey and Hawke's Échos du temps passé (edited by J.B. Weckerlin); and Presser's German Art Songs (edited by Taylor). Folk songs, especially those arranged for piano and voice by composers such as Britten, Copland, and Quilter, are acceptable.