Vocal Music Audition Instructions

How must I prepare for the vocal music audition?

Applicants interested in voice should sing any song (no matter how simple) that demonstrates the quality of the voice and the clear articulation of the song’s words.  Patriotic songs, church hymns, some show tunes and art songs are appropriate.

Students may choose to sing the first stanza of My Country Tis of Thee (America)This song is recommended for students who cannot decide what song to sing for the voice audition. A student could google search My Country Tis of Thee. There are several websites that play the melody. The first stanza is given below:

My Country Tis of Thee

My Country tis of thee.

Sweet land of liberty.

Of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died!

Land of the pilgrims’ pride!

From every mountain side,

Let Freedom ring!

NOTE: My Country Tis of Thee is not a required song to sing for the audition. It is only a suggestion.

You may bring sheet music and the school will provide an accompanist. You may not bring your own accompanist.

Popular music that imitates the style of a particular singer is not helpful in determining the quality of a young voice and should be avoided.

Singing with an audio file or device is not permitted.

The music jury considers the musical potential of each applicant. Previous training or the lack of training is not necessarily a determining factor in acceptance to the program.