Changes to Spring 2021 Audition Process
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all final auditions for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program will be held via recording and virtual interview with faculty. There will be no changes to the pre-screening process.
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Changes to Spring 2021 Audition ProcessQ: Will there be any live auditions as a part of this year’s audition process?
Q: I do not have access to any high quality recording equipment. Is this a problem?
Q: Do I need to record my pre-screening and final audition recordings with accompaniment?
- In-person accompanist with proper social distancing protocols
- A high-quality piano accompaniment app
- Pre-recorded accompaniment tracks, ideally from a pianist you have worked with previously
- Self-accompaniment at the piano
Q: When will I be notified about my pre-screening results?
Q: Should all selections for my final audition be recorded in one take?
Q: When are final audition recordings due?
As part of your online application, you will be asked to submit a recording with the following repertoire. No preference is given to audio or video recordings, however the audio quality must be high in either file type.
Genre requirements: Include at least one art song and one operatic aria.
Language requirements: Three languages; one must be English.
Style requirements: One selection must be written in a more modern idiom. (Many works written after 1950 would fall into this category, although works by Stravinsky or Schoenberg, for example, would also be suitable.)
Although Slate does support media files as large as 2 GB, please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. Uploaded documents may contain no more than 75 pages.
File Sizes and Types
- Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .wmv
- Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma
Final audition recordings and interviews are by invitation only, and shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation to submit new recordings and schedule an interview by December 21, 2020.
All applicants invited to submit a final audition recordings will receive instructions for how to upload your new videos to the applicant portal. Only video recordings will be accepted for the final round, and applicants must include all required final audition repertoire.
In addition to the submission of a final audition recording, all applicants will interview with the Vocal Arts Program faculty via Zoom. Interview dates are:
- Saturday, February 27, 2021
- Sunday, February 28, 2021
- Genre requirements: Include three art songs and two arias (one may be from an oratorio).
- Language requirements: Three languages; one must be English, and one should be in the singer’s native language (if the singer is not a native English speaker).
- Style requirements: The repertoire presented should be in a variety of time periods and styles, tempos, mood, and character. One piece must be written in a contemporary idiom (see prescreening guidelines for clarification).
Example audition offerings by singers whose native language is English.
Package One Arias:
- Cipullo: "My Darling Jim" from Glory Denied
- Mozart: “Deh vieni, non tardar” from Le nozze di Figaro
- Clara Schumann: “Er ist gekommen”
- Florence Price: “Night"
- Prokofiev: “The Grey-Eyed King” from Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, Op. 27
- John Adams: "Batter my heart" from Doctor Atomic
- Felix Mendelssohn: "Gott, sei mir gnädig" from St Paul
- Cécile Chaminade: "N'est-ce pas?"
- Hall Johnson: "Ain't got time to die"
- Jennifer Higdon: "Red"