Audition Information

Voice Requirements

Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in voice must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. This recording must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2015. Recordings will be reviewed by a committee from the Voice Department during the week after the deadline.

If your recording arrives after the December 1 deadline, we cannot guarantee that it can be heard by committee or considered for advancement in the admission process. We encourage you to produce and upload your recording well in advance of the deadline, because illness or emergency at the last moment could result in a late submission.

 The recording should be high quality, produced without any artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb. 

At the beginning of the recording, please state your name, degree you are seeking, and if you are an undergraduate, state whether you are a freshman or transfer from another school.

All recordings MUST BE submitted online, please click here for detailed instructions.

Repertoire Requirements for Screening Recordings and On-Campus Auditions

For the on-campus audition, you may offer different repertoire from the screening recording, provided that you observe the requirements for your chosen degree. All selections should be memorized. An accompanist will be provided.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

For the screening recording, all undergraduate applicants should prepare:

  • One art song in English; and
  • One selection of the applicant's choice. 

For the audition all selections must be sung by memory, even if the piece is someting that might be done holding the score in performance.:

  • One song in a language other than English
  • One art song in English; and
  • One selection of the applicant's choice.

 

Master of Music (M.M.)

For both screening and live audition applicants should prepare:

  • One German lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.

For the audition all selections must be sung by memory, even if the piece is something that might be done holding the score in performance.


Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

The voice department considers the PDSP to be at the post-masters level. Applicants must perform at a technical and artistic level equal to that of individuals who have completed an M.M. in vocal performance.

For screening, applicants should prepare:

  • One German lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.

For the live audition:

Add two more selections, both of which may be arias.

For the audition all selections must be sung by memory, even if the piece is something that might be done holding the score in performance.


 

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

For screening, applicants should prepare:

  • One German lied;
  • One French mélodie;
  • Two arias, at least one of which is from an opera; and
  • One art song in English.

For the live audition:

All selections must be sung by memory, even if the piece is something that might be done holding the score in a performance.

Eight selections in contrasting musical styles.

Two in each of the following languages: French, German, Italian, and English.

Selections must include at least one, but no more than two operatic arias. One selection in each language will be heard.

One German piece may be replaced by Slavic or Scandinavian repertoire.

One Italian piece may be replaced by Spanish or Latin-American repertoire or by a piece sung in the Latin language.

The applicant will begin with a piece of his/her choice which should be in English, Italian, French or German.

Live Interview and Writing Sample FRIDAY AFTERNOON:

If you are invited for an on-campus audition, plan to be in Bloomington by noon on the Friday before your Saturday audition. Remember that you need to allow 2 hours to get from the airport to campus if you are flying in.

On Friday, you will be scheduled for a 30-minute exercise designed to assess how you express yourself in writing. This will begin at 2 pm (or earlier if there are many candidates). After this, each doctoral applicant will have a 20-minute interview with a panel from the voice faculty.

Please bring 3 copies of your repertoire list to this interview. List all the repertoire you have performed: Opera roles, opera scenes, songs, vocal chamber music, oratoria solos, and musical theater roles.


International Students

International Students must achieve a passing TOEFL score before they can be admitted to the Jacobs School of Music and considered for possible scholarship. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for the degree you are seeking. It is a great advantage to arrive at your audition with a passing TOEFL score.

In addition, because of the intensity and difficulty of the doctoral classwork, International Students must document a passing TOEFL score by the December 1, 2015 application deadline. Your recording will not be screened unless you have a passing TOEFL score. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for the DM degree.