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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Voice (Classical)

 

Voice     (For Jazz Voice, see Jazz Instruments/Voice)

Professor William Hite, williamhite@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6049

For Undergraduate Voice applicants: Pre-screening materials are required.
Please include a link to a video/audio of the materials listed below in your Music Application or send in an e-mail to williamhite@music.umass.edu (transfer students, minor applicants, and current UMass student applicants should send the link in an e-mail).
Please note: raw video/audio files are NOT admissible; links to YouTube, SoundCloud, Google Drive or similar files are permissible.  We do not utilize SlideRoom.
Alternatively, you may mail a CD/DVD to the Department, addressed to:
Director of Admissions, 263A Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst, Amherst MA 01003

Please have your pre-screening submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your requested audition date for review. You will then be notified as to whether the faculty would like you to perform a live audition.

Pre-screening materials for Undergraduate Voice: Two songs (both with piano accompaniment), one of which should be sung in a foreign language (i.e. French, German, Italian, etc.)

REGULAR AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

A - Repertoire
Three (3) songs memorized, selected from the art song, Lieder, oratorio, opera or folk ballad literature demonstrating more than one language.
You may use the same pieces from your pre-screening material.
An accompanist will be provided during the audition (not during the warm-up). Please provide music for the accompanist only during the audition; music cannot be submitted in advance and extra copies are not desired by the audition panel.

B - Aural Skills
Students will be asked to perform melodic and rhythmic sight reading as well as tonal memory exercises.