Graduate Voice Auditions

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Graduate Voice Audition Dates

Professor Katherine Eberle teaches a lesson.Fall 2017: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Application & Prescreen Recording deadline: October 1

Spring 2018: Saturday, January 27, 2018, and Saturday, February 10, 2018
Application & Prescreen Recording deadline: January 1

Audition Requirements

In addition to a completed application to the Graduate College of The University of Iowa, all Graduate Voice candidates (M.A., D.M.A.) are required to submit a recording, along with a Curriculum Vitae/Musical Resume and Repertoire List, for preliminary screening. Application must be complete before recordings will be evaluated. Applicants will be invited to campus for a live audition based on the preliminary recording and application materials.  Evaluation will be done within a week of receipt of materials. Details of the graduate application process can be found at http://graduate-program/graduate-admission.

The preliminary recording must be submitted as either a CD (mailed ATTN: Voice Area Program Coordinator, School of Music, University of Iowa, 93 E Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242) or MP3 format (MP3 files must be limited to 100 megabites TOTAL size for all files, be in MP3 format and end with a <.mp3> extension. Submit MP3 file to  susan-s-jones@uiowa.edu ). The recording should include one aria from an opera or oratorio in the original language, one foreign language art song and one English-language art song. Label the recording clearly with your name, voice type and degree you are seeking. Recordings should be of high quality, produced without any artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverberation. If submitting a CD, please check to see that your recording is playable before sending it.

If you are invited to audition, an accompanist will be provided, or you may choose to bring your own accompanist. Please see information below for required live audition repertoire for your chosen degree. All selections must be memorized. You will also be asked to sight read a musical example.

Recorded Audition Package

Students are strongly encouraged to audition in person. If it is not possible to come to campus for any of the audition dates, the following must be submitted to the Voice Area Program Coordinator, School of Music, University of Iowa, 93 E Burlington, IA 52242, and received before February 1.

In addition to a completed application to the Graduate College of The University of Iowa, please send an excellent “studio quality” DVD with the required repertoire as stated below for M.A., D.M.A. Degree audition requirements, sung from memory with piano accompaniment.  Announce each selection (title, composer) prior to your performance. Label the recording clearly as “final audition,” with your name and the degree you are seeking. 

There should be a combination of close-up and full-body camera angles. Attire should be concert or audition clothing. Include an excerpt of another musician giving the auditionee an unrehearsed 4-bar sight reading excerpt.  Along with the DVD, please include a copy of the music used for sight reading, a Curriculum Vitae/Musical Resume and Repertoire List.

Master of Arts

  • A program consisting of five memorized selections, which demonstrate proficiency in the four major singing languages (English, French, German and Italian).
  • A demonstration of sight-singing proficiency.

The audition should be completed no later than the application deadline prior to each session set by the Graduate College and Registrar. Those wishing to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship should audition no later than February 1. Priority for selection of TAs will be given to applicants auditioning in person.

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 recital of memorized solo song literature from the standard concert repertoire, representative of the various styles and periods, and demonstrating the singer's command of diction in French, German, Italian and English. The recital should be no more than an hour in length, with the understanding that the auditioners may terminate, interrupt, or change the order as they deem necessary. One opera aria and one oratorio aria may be included on the recital program.
  • A demonstration of sight-singing proficiency.

The audition should be completed no later than the application deadline prior to each session set by the Graduate College and Registrar. Those wishing to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship should audition no later than February 1. Priority for selection of TAs will be given to applicants auditioning in person.

A final MA 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.

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

Questions?

For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact Susan Sondrol Jones, Voice/Opera/Choral Program Coordinator, at (319) 335-1654 or e-mail susan-s-jones@uiowa.edu.