Audition Information

Voice Requirements

(prescreen and audition required)

Undergraduate

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.)

Graduate

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

Undergraduate Requirements

Prescreen

All voice applicants must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Note: If you are a non-native English language speaker, you must submit a passing TOEFL score by December 1, 2019. Your recording will not be screened unless you have a passing TOEFL score. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for each degree program.

Prescreen Repertoire:
  • One art song in English; and
  • One additional selection of your choice. 

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

Audition repertoire requirements are listed below by degree program. For the on-campus audition, you may offer different repertoire from the screening recording, provided that you observe the requirements for your chosen degree.

All selections should be memorized, even if the piece is something that might be performed holding the score in performance.

An accompanist will be provided.

Audition Repertoire Requirements:
  • One song in a language other than English
  • One art song in English; and
  • One selection of your choice.

*BSOF applicants who wish to audition for an Outside Field in Musical Theatre must select the February audition weekend. Please find information regarding Musical Theatre auditions here.

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Graduate Requirements - M.M. or P.D.S.P.

Prescreen

All voice applicants must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Note: If you are a non-native English language speaker, you must submit a passing TOEFL score by December 1, 2019. Your recording will not be screened unless you have a passing TOEFL score. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for each degree program.

M.M. Prescreen Repertoire:
  • Introduction: state your name and the degree you are seeking
  • One German Lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.
P.D.S.P. Prescreen Repertoire:
  • Introduction: state your name and the degree you are seeking
  • One German Lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

Audition repertoire requirements are listed below by degree program. For the on-campus audition, you may offer different repertoire from the screening recording, provided that you observe the requirements for your chosen degree.

All selections should be memorized, even if the piece is something that might be performed holding the score in performance.

An accompanist will be provided.

M.M. Prescreen/ Audition Repertoire:
  • Introduction: state your name and the degree you are seeking
  • One German Lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.
P.D.S.P. Prescreen/ Audition Repertoire:

The voice department considers the PDSP to be at the post-masters level. Applicants must perform at a technical and artistic level equal to that of individuals who have completed an M.M. in vocal performance.

  • One German Lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.
  • Plus two more selections of your choice, both of which may be (but are not require to be) arias.

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Graduate - D.M.

Prescreen

All voice applicants must submit a prescreen recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Note: If you are a non-native English language speaker, you must submit a passing TOEFL score by December 1, 2019. Your recording will not be screened unless you have a passing TOEFL score. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for each degree program.

For DM Prescreen, applicants should prepare:
  • Introduction: state your name and the degree you are seeking
  • One German Lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

Audition repertoire requirements are listed below by degree program. For the on-campus audition, you may offer different repertoire from the screening recording, provided that you observe the requirements for your chosen degree.

All selections should be memorized, even if the piece is something that might be performed holding the score in performance.

An accompanist will be provided.

In addition to the audition, DM applicants must also conduct a live interview and writing sample on FRIDAY afternoon. Those auditioning must plan to be in Bloomington by noon on the Friday before your Saturday audition.

For the DM Audition, applicants should prepare:
  • Eight selections in contrasting musical styles, two in each of the following languages: English, French, German, and Italian. You will begin with a piece of your choice.
    • 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.

DM Interview and Writing Sample

Note: In addition to the audition, DM applicants must also conduct a live interview and writing sample on FRIDAY afternoon. Those auditioning must plan to be in Bloomington by noon on the Friday before your Saturday audition.

Audition Weekend Requirements:
  • Perform a voice audition on Saturday. Repertoire requirements listed above.
  • A 30-minute exercise designed to assess how you express yourself in writing. This is scheduled on Friday and will begin at 2 pm (or earlier if there are many candidates).
  • 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, opera arias, art songs, vocal chamber music, oratorio solos, musical theater roles, musical theater songs, etc. Please divide each section into different languages, if applicable.

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


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