Undergraduate Voice Auditions

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Students are strongly encouraged to audition in person,  For the on-campus audition, you should prepare two songs of contrasting styles, one of which must be sung in English.  Both selections must be memorized and appropriate repertoire for young singers wishing to train their voices in the classical style. Other aspects of the audition include vocal sight-reading, pitch pattern matching and interview questions (e.g. what are your musical goals?).  You will be expected to show sufficient musical skill for learning of new repertoire.  Appropriate posture and stage deportment, breath management, tonal beauty, accurate diction accurate musicianship and artistic interpretation are also evaluated. An accompanist is provided for these scheduled auditions.

For more information and to register for an audition, please see Undergraduate Auditions.

If it is not possible to audition in person, the following must be submitted to the Voice Area Program Coordinator.  For scholarship consideration, the audition package must be received before February 1.

Recorded Audition Package

  • Excellent (“studio”) quality DVD, MP3 file, or YouTube link showing your performance of the required audition songs (see above), and showing a close-up of your face for the first song, and a full-body (head to toe) camera angle for the second song.  Attire should be concert or audition clothing.
  • Include an excerpt of another musician giving you a never-before-rehearsed 4-bar sight-reading excerpt.  Along with the recording, please include a copy of the music used for sight-reading.
  • At the end of the recording, please include a verbal statement answering the following question: What are your long-term musical goals?
  • If sending a DVD, please check that it is playable before submitting to Professor Susan Sondrol Jones.

Opera Auditions

Please see Ensemble Auditions for information on auditioning for our opera productions.

For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact Prof. Bill Theisen, Director of Opera, at 319-335-1670 or bill-theisen@uiowa.edu.