Voice Audition Requirements


An Audition is required; a video recording may be submitted

If submitting a video, it should be a full-length shot of the performer and the selected songs must be sung with piano accompaniment. 

Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here: recorded audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.

Repertoire Requirements

–Two songs with piano accompaniment in contrasting styles.
​–One song must be from the classical song recital repertoire.*
–The second song may be chosen from opera, operetta, folk song, spiritual, classical musical theater, or classical song recital repertoire.
–Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English.
–Memorization of audition repertoire is required.
–Singing in a foreign language is not required.

Should you have questions concerning these requirements, please contact Professor Sylvia Stone, Chair of the Voice Area sstone1@illinois.edu

* Among the composers whose songs belong to the classical art song recital repertoire are Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Fauré, Chausson, Massenet, Bellini, Respighi, Tosti, Stefano Donaudy, as well as any of the Baroque Italian composers such as Caccini, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, and Giordani. It also includes British and American classical songs by Henry Purcell, Roger Quilter, Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, John Alden Carpenter, Amy Beach, John Duke, Richard Hundley, and Ricky Ian Gordon, and Spanish songs by Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, and Joaquin Rodrigo.


Audition Requirements:

Applicants for the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees must complete an audition, including the following:

1. A selection in English.
2. An Italian art song.
3. A German lied.
4. A French mélodie.
5. An oratorio selection or an opera aria.

*Applicants for the A.D. degree should be prepared to sing selections from a full-length recital for the faculty. The faculty will choose the selections, which will include at least the required audition repertoire listed above.

All selections must be memorized. 

Graduate voice applicants should upload a recorded audition directly to their application by December 1st. After December 1st, a select number of applicants will be invited for a follow-up interview with the faculty.

EDIT: Prescreening results will be released in early January. 12/23/2020