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Voice Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Pre-Screening Requirements:

All Voice applicants are required to submit prescreening materials before being invited to audition. These requirements are different from the full audition requirements listed below, though the same repertoire may be used for both if applicants would like to do so. Requirements can be found on our Pre-Screening Requirements page. All Pre-Screening materials should be accompanied.

Sample Lessons:

Students visiting campus are able to take a consultation lesson to get to know voice faculty's individual teaching styles. Consultation lessons are available at a rate of $50 for a 1/2 hour lesson. You can contact individual faculty members via email, found on their Faculty Bio page.

Voice Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Jazz Audition

Perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list. Possible examples of 12-bar blues that often work well for singers are Centerpiece (as performed by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross), Fine and Mellow (as performed by Billie Holiday), or Backwater Blues (as performed by Bessie Smith). For the blues, perform the melody, improvise a solo of at least two choruses (using scat syllables), and return to the melody to end. For the jazz standard, sing the melody, improvise once over the form (using scat syllables), and return to the melody.

Scales

Applicants must be prepared to sing major scales in any key, one octave, ascending and descending, and sung with letters, syllables, or on "la." Additionally, a one-octave chromatic scale, both ascending and descending, on "aah," "nah" or similar syllable. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate pitch accuracy and intonation, not to demonstrate tessitura.

Notes: If vocal jazz applicants would prefer to perform a song in a different key than indicated, they must bring three copies of the lead sheet in that key. After applicants' classical and jazz pre-screening materials are approved, they will only be asked to perform their jazz pieces and scales at their on-campus audition.

Degree Page: Music (BA)

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Music Theory (BM)

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

Four memorized songs chosen from classical solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian song or aria;
  2. One 19th- or 20th-century German or French art song;
  3. One 20th-century American or British art song; and
  4. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

Four memorized songs chosen from classical solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian song or aria;
  2. One 19th- or 20th-century German or French art song;
  3. One 20th-century American or British art song; and
  4. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Program Page: Music Minor

Three memorized songs chosen from solo voice literature. These selections must include:

  1. One 16th- to 18th-century Italian art song or aria;
  2. One 20th-century British or American art song; and
  3. One additional song of your choice from traditional vocal literature (musical theater selections, jazz, or original compositions are not acceptable).

Voice Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Performance (MM)

Candidates must exhibit the equivalent preparation to that required for the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Ithaca College and give evidence of being equipped to perform successful recitals during the period of study for the degree program.

  1. Five selections representing a variety of musical styles and periods from the art song literature. Songs should have a mixture of English, Italian, French, and German languages. Audition materials may contain no more than two arias. All selections must be performed from memory.
  2. Provide a complete repertoire list
  3. Provide copies of degree recital programs

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

  1. Four selections representing a variety of musical styles and periods from the art song literature. Songs should have a mixture of English, Italian, French, and German languages. Audition materials may contain no more than one aria. All selections must be performed from memory.
  2. Provide a complete repertoire list
  3. Provide copies of degree recital programs

Note on Accompaniment (all degrees):

Voice applicants are required to perform with an accompanist. Undergraduate applicants who audition at regional sites must provide their own accompanists. For auditions in Ithaca, applicants may provide their own accompanist or use an Ithaca College staff accompanist. The fee for this service is $25 for undergraduate applicants and $35 for graduate applicants. Checks should be made payable to "Ithaca College" and presented to the registration desk on the audition day. Music for the accompanist must be bound, clear, legible, and stay open and flat. Applicants must also provide original, published versions of their repertoire for the voice faculty at the audition.

Musical Theatre (Vocal Emphasis)

For specific information on musical theater auditions, please see the "B.F.A. Musical Theater Additional Requirements" section in the Department of Theatre Arts website:

Department of Theatre Arts: Audition/Interview Requirements

Or contact the department at:

Department of Theatre Arts
Ithaca College
201 Dillingham Center
Ithaca, NY 14850-7293
(607) 274-3345

Faculty

Specific classical repertoire questions should be directed to the Voice Area Coordinator:
Jennifer Kay
Professor of Voice
Phone: (607) 274-1610
E-mail: jkay@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Kay's Website

Specific jazz repertoire questions should be directed to:
Mike Titlebaum
Director of Jazz Studies
Phone: (607) 274-1283
E-mail: mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Titlebaum's Website

A listing of all voice faculty members can be found here.