Graduate Vocal Coaching and Accompanying Audition Requirements

Audition Video Recording - Please upload to your Graduate College application no later than January 15, 2021

1. A solo movement of the applicant’s choice (memorization not required).

Recorded with a collaborative partner:

2. One movement from any string sonata or chamber work by Beethoven or Brahms.

3a. One art song of applicant's choosing, recorded with any voice type.  (Selection does not need to be in original key.)

Sung and played by the applicant:

4. One of the following, in the key of the applicant’s choice:

- “C’est l’extase langoureuse” from Ariettes Oubliées by Claude Debussy and Paul Verlaine
- “Jesus bettelt (Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm)” Op. 2 no. 2 by Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Dehmel

5. Third Act quartet “Dunque proprio finita!...”  from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (sing one of the roles)

6. "Big News!" from Parade by Jason Robert Brown (sing and play)

Video Recordings should be unedited or live complete takes.


In the event that collaborative partners cannot be found to complete new recordings; repertoire recorded since Jan 1, 2019 may be considered as a substitution for #2, #3a. Contact the Vocal Accompanying Faculty for permission to submit alternate repertoire, specifying which repertoire you wish to replace.

All audition recordings will automatically be considered for assistantships. To complete the audition for an Accompanying or Lyric Theatre Assistantship, applicants will participate in an online interview with the Accompanying Faculty that will be scheduled on one of the live-virtual Audition Dates. Applicants will select the interview date after submitting the Graduate College application.


For the interview, the applicant must be able to receive a pdf via email (or view the pdf on a shared screen via zoom), and have access to a piano or 88-note digital keyboard in order to play a sight-reading excerpt. Applicants should provide two references who can speak to the applicant's musical conduct.

In addition, each applicant should submit at their interview a repertory list of vocal and instrumental (winds and strings) accompanying s/he/they have done. Include ensemble, chamber music, choral accompanying, and any experience with opera or music theatre. The vocal repertory need not be detailed and specific by titles, but should be represented in terms of composers covered. This will aid in determining divisional and studio assignments should an assistantship be awarded. 

Audition requirements for Non-Accompanying majors interested in applying for the assistantship can be found here.