Voice

Voice audition requirements

Guidelines for all applicants

  • At the beginning of the prescreen recording, please state your name and the degree you are seeking. If you are an undergraduate, state whether you are a freshman applicant or transfer from another school.
  • All selections must be sung by memory, even if the piece is something that might be done holding the score in performance.
  • If invited for a live audition, you may offer different repertoire from the prescreen, provided that you observe the requirements for your chosen degree. An accompanist will be provided for all live auditions.
  • Non-native English speakers must submit their TOEFL by December 1, 2020. Your prescreen recording will not be reviewed until English Proficiency has been met.

In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Submit a video recording, including:

  • "Star Vicino" by Salvatore Rosa. Please choose the key that best suits your voice, selected from the following: in Ab, in Bb, in F, in G
  • One art song in English
  • One selection of your choice

  • One song in a language other than English
  • One art song in English
  • One selection of your choice

B.S.O.F. applicants who wish to audition for an Outside Field in Musical Theatre must also audition for the Musical Theatre program. Please see information regarding Musical Theatre auditions.

All auditioning applicants will receive an audition profile form via email from the Voice department approximately 7-10 days prior to your scheduled audition. On this form you will indicate your prepared repertoire and will be required to return the form to the voice department prior to your audition day


Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Video recording, including:

  • One German lied
  • One French mélodie
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera
  • One art song in English

M.M. applicant audition repertoire requirements are the same as the prescreen.

P.D.S.P. applicant audition repertoire requirements are the same as the prescreen, plus two more selections of your choice, both of which may be (but aren’t required to be) arias. The voice department considers the P.D.S.P. to be at the post-master’s level. Applicants must perform at a technical and artistic level equal to that of individuals who have completed an M.M. in vocal performance.

All auditioning applicants will receive an audition profile form via email from the Voice department approximately 7-10 days prior to your scheduled audition. On this form you will indicate your prepared repertoire and will be required to return the form to the voice department prior to your audition day.


The following information applies to D.M. applicantsonly:

D.M applicants invited for a live audition must perform eight selections in contrasting musical styles, two in each of the following languages: English, Italian, French, and German.

  • Selections must include at least one, but no more than two, operatic arias. One selection in each language will be heard.
  • One German piece may be replaced by Slavic or Scandinavian repertoire.
  • One Italian piece may be replaced by Spanish or Latin-American repertoire, or by a piece sung in the Latin language.
  • The applicant will begin with a piece of his/her choice which should be in English, Italian, French or German.

You must plan to be in Bloomington by noon on the Friday before your Saturday audition.

On Friday afternoon, you will be scheduled for a 30-minute exercise designed to assess how you express yourself in writing. This will begin at 2 p.m. (or earlier if there are many applicants).

After this, each doctoral applicant will have a 20-minute interview with a panel from the voice faculty.

Please bring three copies of your repertoire list to this interview. List all the repertoire you have performed: opera roles, opera scenes, songs, vocal chamber music, oratorio solos, and musical theater roles. Please divide each section into different languages, if applicable.

Your application will not be considered if you have not completed the audition, writing sample, and interview.

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