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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 video links are due by February 1, and must be emailed to Professor Rachel Joselson

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.  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

Prescreening Requirements

  • Pre-screening video links are due by February 1, and must be emailed to Professor Rachel Joselson
  • Present two contrasting selections. One must be an aria (opera or oratoria). One video from the waist up. One video full body.

Audition Requirements

  • 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 M.A. audition with pre-approval of the voice faculty.

Doctor of Musical Arts

Prescreening Requirements

  • Pre-screening video links are due by February 1, and must be emailed to Professor Rachel Joselson
  • Present four contrasting selections. One must be an aria (opera or oratoria). Demonstrate proficiency in singing three languages plus English. Two videos from the waist up. Two videos full body.
  • Statement of future goals and aspirations.

Audition Requirements

  • 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.

Questions?

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