Requirements for Vocal Arts
Vocal Arts applicants must submit a prescreen video in order to be considered for an invitation to an in-person or recorded audition.
Carefully review the specific repertoire requirements for your degree level in the dropdown menu below. Please upload your videos to your application.
The repertoire requirements below are the same for both the prescreen and audition rounds.
Three songs are required:
Seven songs/arias* are required:
For the Audition: Be prepared to introduce yourself at the beginning of your audition, saying your name clearly. Also be prepared to pronounce the composer and librettist’s names correctly and know something about them and their contributions to the vocal canon.
*Note: Your repertoire list must contain no more than two (2) arias. Of the seven required pieces, an aria in English, French, German or Italian can count as either your aria selection OR your art song selection in that language, but not both. Your selections should be no more than four minutes in length. Any work that exceeds four minutes may be stopped due to time constraints.
The term underrepresented refers to persons who have not been traditionally included in the study, teaching, and performance of western European classical music. Each academic division at MSM has developed a list of what this means in their area. In the Vocal Arts Division, this includes:
Underrepresented does not include white/Caucasian creators who, as part of the traditional western European classical music canon, were not recognized during their lifetime and may now be viewed as lesser-known or under-recognized. It also does not include gay creators whose works are already a well-recognized part of the canon – for example: Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, George Frideric Handel, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie and many others.
There are a growing number of resources and databases you can resource to explore repertoire by underrepresented creators.
Here is a partial list to help you in your search.
https://msmnyc.libguides.com/culturalinclusion – MSM Library’s Database
Songhelix.com – Searchable database from University of Utah
Africandiasporamusicproject.com – Searchable database compiled by Dr. Louise Toppin
Music by Asian & Asian American Composers – music for purchase from Theadore Front
Kassiadatabase – Database of Art Songs by Women Composers by Logan Contreras
Latinamericanartsong.com – a resource created by Devonna B. Rowe
Composerdiversity.com – a database created by SUNY Fredonia
Vocal Works by BIPOC Composers – database created by Alexandra Smither
Theartsongproject.com –Living and Deceased Composer art song repertoire
Songofamerica.net – a database of songs by American composers from over 250 years
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