Audition Information

Historical Performance - Vocal Emphasis

(prescreen and audition required)

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music in Historical Performance (B.M.)

Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field in Historical Performance (B.S.O.F.)

Graduate

Master of Music in Historical Performance (M.M.)

Doctor of Music in Historical Performance (D.M.)

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


Prescreen

All HPI applicants must submit a prescreen recording & repertoire list via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

All Degree Prescreen Requirements:

  • Prepare four songs or arias, with one selection in English and at least one in another major European language (except Latin).
  • Note: Recordings must be live, and may not be enhanced or edited; the sound quality should be excellent, with no added equalization or reverberation.
  • DM Applicants must also submit a sample piece of writing on any musical topic, not to exceed 2500 words. The submitted work may be a free-standing essay, or an excerpt from previous graduate work, such as a thesis or other extended piece of writing.

Audition

Auditions are invitation only based on prescreen review. If invited to an audition, you must send your audition repertoire list to the HPI Office (hpi@indiana.edu)

All Degree Audition Repertoire:

  • Prepare four songs or arias, with one selection in English and at least one in another major European language (except Latin).

Audition Information:

  • If you wish to have an accompanist provide from the JSoM, you must send your music to the HPI office (hpi@indiana.edu) at least two weeks in advance. No exceptions will be made.
  • Some editions of music (e.g. arias accompanied by orchestra in vocal score with piano reduction) may not be suitable for harpsichord accompaniment. Therefore, students should submit copies of their repertory well in advance of the chosen audition date, in case an alternative edition is required.
  • Harpsichords at both A=415 and A=440 will be available, as well as a continuo organ at the aforementioned pitch-standards as well as A=465. If necessary, a fortepiano at A=430 will be available.
  • Not everyone has had equal opportunity to study an early instrument or historical performance before entering graduate school. Therefore, we look chiefly for a demonstration of musical talent and potential for development.
If you have any questions about repertoire, contact the HPI office at (812) 855-4088 or at hpi@indiana.edu.