Voice Department

Resources for Current Students

If you have questions about various procedures, click on the topics below.

Performance Proficiency

Performance Proficiency hearings are held during the regular voice faculty meeting time: Wednesdays, beginning at 4:35 pm.  You will need to prepare four selections, all memorized, at least one of which must be in a foreign language.  Arias are not required.  You must provide your own accompanist. You will begin with the piece of your choice, then the committee may choose another selection.

When you wish to schedule a hearing, please email the voice department at voicedep@indiana.edu, and let them know which Wednesday you would prefer.  Here is a form which you should fill in and return with your request.

Request a recital hearing or an ad hoc audition

Recital hearings take place in Recital Hall on Wednesdays, beginning at 4:35 pm.Your recital hearing should take place on the Wednesday approximately 10 days before your recital.  Download this form to request a hearing.  Have your teacher sign it, and return it to the voice department office 105 Merrill.  If no one is there, leave it in the plastic folder on the door. 

Request recital credit for opera roles

You may apply for recital credit only after completing the performance of the roles you wish to count towards the substitution.  Only roles performed in IU Opera Theater productions are eligible for recital credit. 

The following combinations count for credit:

One lead role

Two secondary roles

Three bit parts

Only one recital credit is possible for each degree except the AD, in which opera roles can count for two of the four required recitals .   Only roles sung while you are enrolled in a degree can count for credit toward that degree.

You cannot use Recital Credit for the standard format recital required for the MM and DM.

Download this form and turn it in to the voice department office.  The faculty will vote on your request at their next meeting.

Freshman Juries

Freshman juries happen during the last week of classes in the semester.  The faculty is divided into committees of three or four, and your teacher will notify you of the time and place (a faculty studio) of your jury. 

BM degree students, your jury will be at the end of the fall semester.  Juries for BME and BSOF students are held at the end of the spring semester.  You must have four memorized pieces.  BM students should have one selection in a foreign language, usually Italian.  Foreign language is optional for BME and BSOF juries. You will begin with your choice, and the faculty will ask for a second selection. 

Before your jury, download this repertoire form, and fill it out in consultation with your teacher, listing all the repertoire you have worked on during the semester.  Put two stars beside the pieces prepared for your jury, and one star beside other memorized pieces.  You will need to bring three or four copies to your jury.

Upper Divisional

Your upper divisional usually takes place after your fourth semester of study, on the Wednesday afternoon of the last week of classes.  You will receive information directly from the Undergraduate Office about the exact time and location.  You will perform three selections, chosen in advance by you and your teacher.  BM students should have selections in English, Italian, and one other language (usually German).  BSOF students should offer English and at least one other language. 

Before your jury, download this repertoire form, and fill it out in consultation with your teacher, listing all the repertoire you have worked on during the semester.  Put two stars beside the pieces prepared for your jury, and one star beside other memorized pieces. You will announce your selections at the jury, so practice speaking those foreign language titles!  You will need to bring several copies of your repertoire sheet to your jury (consult with your teacher).

How to schedule a recital

Detailed instructions are found on the Scheduling Office web page.  Visit it early and often.

Recital length, repertoire, and memorization information

Recital length, minimum and maximum in minutes: Junior  30-50; Senior 40-50; MM 40-50; PD 40-60; DM 40-60; AD 40-60.

All repertoire must be memorized with the exception of chamber music with an instrumental ensemble, and extremely difficult contemporary music.   These exceptions should total no more than 20% of the recital length.  

Operatic repertoire should also be limited to no more than 20% of the recital length.

Languages:

BM Junior:  English, Italian, and French or German

BSOF, BME Senior: English and at least one foreign language

BM Senior, MM#1, PD, AD, DM (Standard) : English, Italian, German, and French.

MM#2:  The second MM recital he repertoire is free - you may include any amount of operatic repertoire, as long as you are singing a minimum of 40 minutes. Entire one act operas do not qualify, unless it is a one-character work such as La voix humaine.  Assisting singers are encouraged, but not required to memorize ensemble pieces.

Language Substitution:  Spanish may substitute for Italian.  Nordic or Slavic languages may substitute for German or French.