Part I – The Vocal Audition
Students should present two songs from memory. If possible, one song should be in a language other than English. Songs should be in contrasting moods and demonstrate vocal range, tonal color, and vocal dexterity. Literature must be chosen from the Art Song or Folk Song repertoire, or from the current Idaho State Solo list. Musical Theatre repertoire is permitted only if it is identical or similar to its original score.**
The following song anthologies are excellent sources of quality audition repertoire:
- The First Book of [Soprano, Mezzo-soprano/Alto, Tenor or Bass/Baritone] Solos. Published by G. Schirmer, compiled and edited by Joan Frey Boytim.
- Thirty-six Solos for Young Singers. Published by Hal Leonard, compiled and edited by Joan Frey Boytim.
- Twenty-four Italian Songs and Arias. Published by G. Schirmer.
- Twenty-six Italian Songs and Arias. Published by Alfred Publishing, edited by John Glenn Paton.
- **The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology. Published by Hal Leonard, available for all voice types. (The songs in these anthologies are excerpted from original vocal scores.)
PLEASE NOTEThe use of recorded accompaniment at the audition is strongly discouraged. An accompanist will be provided.
Part II – Musicianship Assessment
To assess basic knowledge of all elements of musical notation, students will be given a series of simple melodies to 1) sight-read on the piano and 2) sight-sing. The sight-singing portion may be done on solfegge or any vowel or syllable. Students should be able to first play a melody on the piano and then sing it.
Questions? E-mail Dr. Laura Rushing-Raynes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at (208)-426-1975.
Tips for preparing a successful audition:
- Take voice lessons if there is a qualified voice teacher in your area. Studying voice is often the key to successful college scholarship auditions. If it isn’t possible for you to study privately, ask your high school choral director for help.
- Take piano lessons. Singers who can play the vocal line in music they sing have an easier time learning and memorizing music. Basic piano skills help to ensure success in college music programs.
- Choose pieces that highlight your vocal strengths and meet the repertoire requirements for the entrance audition. Successful singers will tell you that they started their voice training with pieces from “Twenty-four Italian Songs and Arias”.
- Memorize your music so well that you could sing it in your sleep! Then practice performing it in front of your friends, family, and teachers. This will help you know what to expect when you get nervous. Remember that nervousness is a natural part of performing and that thorough preparation is the best way to minimize its effects.
- Give lots of time and energy to your school’s vocal music program. Your dedication will contribute to everyone’s success!