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Voice - UNI Vocal Studies

Studying voice at UNI opens up a world of performance and educational opportunity. From experienced faculty members who have performed, studied and instructed all over the world, to large ensembles and choirs that suit any style, UNI's vocal division is the place to discover and develop your true voice. Music majors study weekly with these experienced professionals, and combine their studies with practical experience in one or more of UNI's exemplary music ensembles.

Voice Division Faculty

Vocal Program Audition Information

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND AUDITION DATES, go here

Undergraduate vocal audition requirements

  1. Two memorized songs of contrasting style selected from the classical vocal repertoire.

    NOTE: The use of choral excerpts, musical theater selections, unaccompanied works, or pre-recorded accompaniments will not be permitted.

  2. Applicants may bring an accompanist or one will be provided free-of-charge.

    NOTE: If using an accompanist we provide, the applicant must provide the music for each audition selection in either a book or three-ring binder. If using photocopied music, make certain that none of the musical notation is “cut off” during photocopying and that the printing is two-sided.

What to expect during the audition:

  1. The auditionee will be invited to perform from the bend of the piano.

  2. The auditionee will select the first piece. If time permits, a second selection (or portion of) may be heard.

  3. The auditionee will perform a faculty-administered diagnostic to assess general aural, music-reading, and keyboard skills.

  4. The audition will concluded with a brief interview and opportunity for Q & A.

GRADUATE AND ARTIST DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

GRADUATE AND ARTIST DIPLOMA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, go here.

AUDITION SCHEDULING:

Eligible applicants wishing to be considered for scholarship or assistantship must successfully complete their applications to the university and School of Music and have been admitted by audition by the following deadline (see here). To schedule an on-campus Graduate or Artist diploma audition, please contact Dr. Jean McDonald, vocal division chair (jean.mcdonald@uni.edu).

International and U.S. applicants unable to schedule an on-campus audition due to travel constraints may submit a high quality, unedited video recording of an audition program that is in compliance with the vocal repertoire requirements for the Graduate and Artist Diploma admission. For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt, Interim Associate Director for Graduate Studies (rebecca.burkhardt@uni.edu). 

Graduate and Artist Diploma vocal audition requirements

Applicants are expected to prepare a stylistically varied program of approximately 20 minutes in length. All selections are to be from the classical vocal repertoire and should include at least one oratorio or operatic aria. The audition program should consist of works with text in the following languages: English, French, German, and Italian. Additional languages are permitted in addition to the four required languages listed above. With the exception of an oratorio aria (if chosen) each selection is to be sung from memory. Applicants will provide the audition committee with 5-7 printed copies of their program which includes the performance time for each selection.  

After candidates perform their audition program, on-campus auditions will include a brief interview and a faculty-administered diagnostic to assess general aural, music-reading, and keyboard skills.

Audition Accompanist

Applicants may bring an accompanist or one will be provided free-of-charge. If using an accompanist we provide, the applicant must provide the music for each audition selection in either a book or three-ring binder. If using photocopied music, make certain that none of the musical notation is “cut off” during photocopying and that the printing is two-sided.

Vocal Performance Opportunities

UNI OPERA

UNI CHOIRS

Vocal Resources

UNI Voice Area Handbook - PDF file

Printed music downloads free or to purchase

http://imslp.org/

http://www.classicalvocalrep.com/

https://www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/62021

Translation Assistance

https://www.ipasource.com/

http://www.lieder.net/lieder/index.html

Professional Audition Opportunities

https://www.yaptracker.com/

Professional Vocal Organizations

https://www.nats.org

http://www.noa.org

http://www.operaamerica.org

https://www.carnegiehall.org/For_Students_and_Teachers/

https://www.arts.gov

https://www.music.org/