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Graduate Voice Auditions

voice student sings with orchestra

Audition Requirements

Refer to the required repertoire as stated below for M.A. and D.M.A. audition requirements.  All pieces must be sung from memory with piano accompaniment.  Announce each selection (title, composer) prior to your performance. 

Attire should be concert or audition clothing. Please prepare and bring a Curriculum Vitae/Musical Resume and Repertoire List.

Pre-screening will be due by January 15th, 2022. Pre-screening requirements will be available at the end of August.

Students must submit a voice audition information sheet via email to Professor Rachel Joselson.

There will be additional virtual informal interviews for the those who are considered for Teaching Assistantships in February 2022.  The interviews will be scheduled individually. 

The D.M.A. audition committee is comprised of all members of the UI voice faculty. A majority vote by the committee constitutes its decision. If disapproved, the audition may be repeated once at the discretion of the voice faculty.

Master of Arts

  • A program consisting of five memorized selections, including one aria, which demonstrate proficiency in the four major singing languages (English, French, German and Italian)

A senior recital by an undergraduate currently enrolled in the University of Iowa School of Music Voice Area may serve as an MA audition with pre-approval of the voice faculty.

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • A program consisting of 8 memorized pieces from the standard concert repertoire, including 2 operatic and/or oratorio arias.  The program should be representative of various styles and periods, and demonstrate the singer's command of diction in French, German, Italian and English. Repertoire in other languages (Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, the Scandinavian languages, etc.) of course, are welcome as well

A final M.A. thesis recital by a graduate student already enrolled in the University of Iowa may be accepted as a D.M.A. audition with the pre-approval of the voice faculty.


For further information, contact the voice area head co-chairs, Professors Stephen Swanson or Rachel Joselson.