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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

Please note: Minor changes have been made to expand access for our audition requirements. Applicants should not feel the need to change their preparations for the 2021-22 season if they have already prepared repertoire based upon the prior listings.

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

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

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

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)

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

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

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

Program Page: Music Minor

Please be prepared to share with us your personal artistry and love of singing in three complete selections, contrasting in style, language, time period, and tempo, performed from memory. We hope you’ll showcase works that reflect your individual point of view.

You are welcome to use a piece or pieces from your prescreen as part of your audition materials.

Voice Audition Requirements - Graduate

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):

Please see this page for more details. 

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

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

Faculty

Specific classical repertoire questions should be directed to the Voice Area Coordinator:
Marc Webster
Professor of Voice
E-mail: mwebster@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Webster's Website

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

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