Voice Audition

Prescreening Procedures

All voice applicants are required to submit a video recording for prescreening purposes, in order to receive an invitation to a live audition in New York City. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below. Prescreening recordings must be uploaded via www.musiccas.com. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality must be as good as possible. Please find information on how to upload prescreening materials here

Prescreening Requirements

Undergraduate

  • A song in Italian from the 17th or 18th century
  • An English song (not a translation)
  • A song in French OR in German

Graduate

  • A song in English
  • A song in German
  • A song in French
  • A song in Italian
  • An opera aria *
  • An oratorio aria *

* Please note that six separate selections are required for the graduate level, i.e. an aria in Italian should count as either your aria selection OR your song in Italian, but not both. Due to time constraints, no more than two operatic arias.

Doctoral and Professional Studies

A full-length recital from four contrasting style periods, which includes compositions in English, French, German, and Italian. The program should contain 60 minutes of music, and include no more than two operatic arias.

Audition Procedures

Live auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length (doctoral auditions are approx. 15 minutes in length). Applicants must perform all works from memory. Each applicant chooses the first selection and the faculty will choose a second piece from the audition repertoire list provided by the applicant. The Chairman of the Voice Department asks that your first piece be no longer than three minutes. An accompanist is provided free of charge for all auditions. If applicants wish to rehearse with Manhattan School of Music's accompanist BEFORE their audition, rehearsal time and cost should be arranged between the two parties.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

  • A song in Italian from the 17th or 18th century
  • An English song (not a translation)
  • A song in French OR in German

Graduate

  • A song in English
  • A song in German
  • A song in French
  • A song in Italian
  • An opera aria *
  • An oratorio aria *
  • Graduate applicants must take a short diction test (approximately 15-20 minutes), covering general IPA. Applicants may take the test either before or after their scheduled audition time.

* Please note that six separate selections are required for the graduate level, i.e. an aria in Italian should count as either your aria selection OR your song in Italian, but not both. Due to time constraints, no more than two operatic arias.

Doctoral and Professional Studies

A full-length recital from four contrasting style periods, which includes compositions in English, French, German, and Italian. The program should contain60 minutes of music, and include no more than two operatic arias. Please come prepared with 15 copies of your recital program for the faculty present at your audition. Doctoral and Professional Studies applicants must take a short diction test (approximately 15-20 minutes), covering general IPA. Applicants may take the diction test either before or after their scheduled audition time.