Students in the vocal program acquire performance skills such as vocal technique, foreign language diction, and program building, and learn about stage deportment and vocal health. They study a broad range of repertoire that encompasses music from the baroque, classic, romantic and contemporary periods. A core of nationally and internationally recognized performers and teachers give dedicated personal attention to help develop the artistry found in each individual singer. Voice professors within the School of Music and invited guests of international reputation give regular masterclasses.
Undergraduate candidates should prepare, from memory:
- one aria / song of the Baroque period;
- one mélodie française (in original language);
- one German lied (in original language);
- one of candidate's own choice.
The audition will include some sight singing, and may include a short aural skills test.
Students applying to the Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.)must demonstrate an advanced level of technical proficiency and performance ability.
Students applying to the combined Bachelor of Music and Science (B. Mus./B.Sc.) must demonstrate a truly exceptional level of technical proficiency and performance ability, as determined by the audition panel.
For graduate candidates, a thirty (30) minute audition program performed from memory is required, which should include:
- *two operatic arias;
- *one oratorio or cantata aria;
- a selection from songs, mélodies, and/or lieder;
- one work composed after 1960.
*at least one of the three requested arias must have a significant recitative
The major musical periods, and the following languages: English, French, Italian and German should be represented in the audition program.
For more information, please contact Professor Christiane Riel, Head of the Vocal Sector.
Note that the School of Music does not provide accompanists for the auditions. Candidates are responsible for securing their own accompanist. You can hire an accompanist from our list or anyone else of your choosing. A cappella auditions are not accepted, nor or pre-recorded back-up tracks.