VOICE MAJOR or MINOR - AUDITION GUIDELINES
Students wishing to be admitted as a music major or minor with voice as their primary instrument are required to audition for the voice faculty.
I. Applicants should prepare two songs (memorized) in contrasting styles, which display their musical and technical abilities; both selections may be sung in English. Audition pieces should be selected from the standard classical vocal repertoire. Songs from Broadway musicals dated pre-1965, may also be considered.
II. Applicants must provide music (originals, no photocopies) for the accompanist.
III. Once the applicant has secured music for the audition, they may contact the voice department at Armstrong to schedule an audition.
The following list provides titles of songbooks that contain solos appropriate for a standard, university level voice audition:
(Applicants may use this list as a guide, but not be limited to)
|24 Italian Songs and Arias||G. Schirmer|
|26 Italian Songs and Arias||Hal Leonard|
|Basics of Singing||G. Schirmer||Jan Schmidt|
The First Book of:Soprano Solos Mezzo-Soprano Solos Tenor Solos Baritone/Bass Solos
|G. Schirmer||Joan Frey Boytim|
|The Art Song Anthology||Hal Leonard||Richard Walters|
|American Art Song||G. Schirmer|
Arias from operas and oratorios are also acceptable.
The following styles are not acceptable audition material: pop, rock, gospel, jazz, contemporary Christian or country songs.
Songbooks can be borrowed from libraries and/or purchased at music stores or online. Websites selling songbooks include, but are not limited to amazon.com, beethovenandcompany.com, classicalvocalrep.com, halleonard.com, jwpepper.com. Sheetmusicplus.com sells songs individually.
Applicants should consider preparing for their audition with a current or former chorus teacher, choir director or voice teacher.
Please check the website below for more information regarding auditions as well as faculty contact information in regards to scheduling an audition:
A brief sight singing test will follow the audition. Additionally, applicants are required to take a theory diagnostic assessment to determine basic music reading skills.