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Department of Voice
Undergraduate Auditions

Voice Performance

Curriculum A and B

Applicants are required to prepare four memorized selections. Of those four selections, one must be in English and one must be in a foreign language. Operatic literature is not expected; do not choose the most advanced voice literature for your audition. Aural skills may also be assessed at Ann Arbor auditions; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them. An accompanist will be provided when auditioning in Ann Arbor.

Curriculum B Only

Applicants will also be scheduled for a piano audition and an information session with the Department of Music Education. For the piano audition sight-reading, harmonization, and transposition skills will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement.

Voice Principal

 (singers applying to degrees other than performance, e.g. Composition)

Applicants must sing from memory two contrasting pieces. Aural skills may also be assessed at Ann Arbor auditions; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them. If you have had no private voice training, ask your school or religious choir director for assistance in preparing for the audition. An accompanist will be provided when auditioning in Ann Arbor. 

Recorded Auditions

We strongly recommend auditioning or interviewing in Ann Arbor. However, applicants who live more than 300 miles from Ann Arbor may upload a recorded audition.

The Department recommends using an iPhone, smartphone, or similar recording device to create recordings, with a recommended microphone placement of 4'–8' from the singer.

 

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Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Dates

General Undergraduate Audition and Interview Information

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