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All graduate voice applicants must audition in Ann Arbor to receive merit award consideration.
Applicants to the Master of Music in Voice Performance or the Specialist in Music in Voice Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited audio recording of four vocal selections for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Please include one (and only one) operatic aria, one 20th century work, one (and only one) oratorio aria, and one additional song of the applicant's choosing.
Please do not speak on the recording. No introduction is necessary. Create a separate track for each vocal selection. The Department recommends using an iPhone, smartphone, or similar recording device to create pre-screening recordings, with a recommended microphone placement of 4'–8' from the singer.
Upon a favorable evaluation of this recording, your resumé, repertoire list, and undergraduate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.
The pre-screening recording requirement is waived for current University of Michigan undergraduate voice majors applying to the MM program, or current University of Michigan graduate voice majors applying to the Specialist in Music program.
Prepare four selections in differing styles including a work in English, French, German, and Italian. Of the four selections, only one operatic or one oratorio aria will be permitted. One selection must have been written after 1940.
Additionally, prepare eight measures of secco recitative (i.e., simple, with minimal accompaniment) from an 18th century opera or oratorio in one of the four languages above.
Memorization of all works, including the aria, is required.
You are encouraged to provide your own accompanist, though a School of Music, Theatre & Dance accompanist will be provided in Ann Arbor.
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