Audition & Program Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts: Voice and Opera Performance

Fall 2022 audition format update: Auditions will be entirely virtual. Voice applicants will audition live on Zoom. Accompaniment is required and can be live or recorded. Posted 1/10/22

Prescreening required; must be video recording with accompaniment*. Submitted videos should be a full-length shot of the performer.

The requirement of video prescreening will be adhered to strictly.

*If applicants do not feel comfortable, or if it is not feasible to submit prescreening videos with a pianist accompanying due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty recommend:  
1.      Using the iPhone/iPad app Appcompanist, which provides a customizable back-up track for singers.
2.      Other backing-track applications and options, such as tracks available on YouTube.
3.      Recording your pieces live over Zoom or another video chat application with your pianist in another space.
4.      Having your pianist record accompaniment via a Voice Memo phone function, then making your recording using that recorded accompaniment. 

For Prescreening:

The applicant must submit their prescreening online, and it must contain 45 to 60 minutes of music representing different styles and historical periods. If reviewed favorably, the applicant will be invited to a final virtual audition round.

For Final Audition:

If invited to the final audition round, the applicant will perform for and interview with a music faculty jury. Candidates are expected to prepare 30 minutes of music appropriate for the doctoral level. Selections should represent various styles and historical periods from the standard repertoire. The audition will last approximately 15 minutes. The applicant should perform selections used in the prescreening, but can also bring additional repertoire. Candidates will be required to submit their audition repertoire in advance.  All DMA voice auditions will require accompaniment.