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Audition Repertoire Requirements – Vocal

Students should prepare two memorized selections in contrasting styles.  At least one of the selections must be in English.

Examples of suggested repertoire include selections from the “Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias” collection or The First or Second Book of Solos compiled by Joan Boytim.  Aural and sight singing skills will be assessed during the audition.

If an in-person audition is not possible, students may submit a video recording and set up a Zoom meeting with faculty for their aural and sight singing assessment.  We recommend using the Appcompanist App or a live pianist for recorded auditions.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Seppala

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Tips for preparing a successful audition:

  1. Take voice lessons if there is a qualified voice teacher in your area. Studying voice is often the key to successful college scholarship auditions. If it isn’t possible for you to study privately, ask your high school choral director for help.
  2. Take piano lessons. Singers who can play the vocal line in music they sing have an easier time learning and memorizing music. Basic piano skills help to ensure success in college music programs.
  3. Choose pieces that highlight your vocal strengths and meet the repertoire requirements for the entrance audition. Successful singers will tell you that they started their voice training with pieces from “Twenty-four Italian Songs and Arias”.
  4. Memorize your music so well that you could sing it in your sleep! Then practice performing it in front of your friends, family, and teachers. This will help you know what to expect when you get nervous. Remember that nervousness is a natural part of performing and that thorough preparation is the best way to minimize its effects.
  5. Give lots of time and energy to your school’s vocal music program. Your dedication will contribute to everyone’s success!
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