Voice Entrance Audition Requirements

VOICE

Students who audition into the Voice program will be placed in either Concert Choir or Conservatory Choir.

Please prepare the following:

  • Repertoire: Select one of the following formats:

 

  1. Two contrasting art songs – one in a foreign language with good diction at performance level.
  2. One art song and one song from the American Songbook or from an opera or musical theatre work. Please see the list below for repertoire examples.
  3. One selection of the above mentioned categories and a piece of your choosing from any genre not mentioned above.

(Note: All selections must be memorized and an accompanist will be provided for the audition. Please bring three copies of your music for the audition panel.)

  • Scales: Major scale in any key. (Scales can be sung on solfege or on a neutral syllable.)
  • Sight-reading

SOLO VOICE

Student who are interested in pursuing the Solo Voice program, designed for advanced solo study, you may choose between Opera and Musical Theater Ensemble or Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Please prepare the following:

Opera and Musical Theater Ensemble:

  • Repertoire: Select one of the following formats:

 

  1. Two contrasting art songs – one in a foreign language with good diction at performance level.
  2. One art song and one song from the American Songbook or from an opera or musical theatre work. Please see the list below for repertoire examples.

(Note: All selections must be memorized and an accompanist will be provided for the audition. Please bring three copies of your music for the audition panel.)

  • Scales: Major scale and one of the three minor scales (natural, harmonic, and melodic) in any key. (Scales can be sung on solfege or on a neutral syllable.)
  • Sight-reading

 

Vocal Jazz Ensemble:

  • Repertoire: One song from the American Songbook and one blues song that has 8, 12, or 16 bar form. Please see the list below for repertoire examples, or feel free to select a piece of your choosing. Songs must be memorized.

(Note: An accompanist will be provided for the audition. Please bring three copies of your music for the audition panel.)

  • Scales: Major scale and one of the three minor scales (natural, harmonic, and melodic) in any key. (Scales can be sung on solfege or on a neutral syllable.)
  • Sight-reading

 

Art song examples

Let Us Dance, Let Us Sing, Purcell
The Mermaid’s Song, Haydn
The Crucifixion, Barber
Vittoria, mio core, Carissimi
Caro mio ben, Giordani
Das Veilchen, Mozart
Rastlose Liebe, Schubert

 

American Songbook examples

Fly Me to the Moon, Bart Howard

Misty, Erroll Garner

All of Me, Marks & Simon

Summertime, George Gershwin

What a Difference a Day Makes, Adams & Grever

Our Love is Here to Stay, Ira and George Gershwin

Blue Skies, Irving Berlin

 

Blues Examples

Route 66, Bobby Troup

Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do, Grainger and Robbins

Stormy Monday, T-bone Walker

Further On Up the Road, Jo Medwick

Blue Monk, Thelonius Monk