Live Auditions and Repertoire

The auditions will take place in early March in both New York City and on the Bard campus. Auditions are by invitation only.  Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation to audition no later than January 15.

International students may send a video audition if they are not able to travel to the United States for the final auditions. Applicants should use the live audition repertoire requirements for their video. Special arrangements for submission of this video should be made with the director of admissions at However international applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person if at all possible.


  • Two arias
  • Three art songs
The repertoire presented should be in a variety of time periods and styles, tempos, mood, character, etc., sung in at least four different languages. One piece must be written in a contemporary idiom, one must be in English and one should be in the singer's native language (if the singer is not a native English speaker).

Aria and Song Examples

Example audition offering by singer whose native language is Russian.

  • Stravinsky - Ann Trulove's Aria, from The Rake's Progress
  • Mozart - "Dove sono", from Le Nozze di Figaro
Art Songs:
  • Schubert - Du liebst mich nicht
  • Faure - Puisque l'aube grandit, from La bonne chanson
  • Prokofiev - The Grey-Eyed King, from Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, Op. 27
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