Information for prospective voice students applying to Manhattan School of Music.
The first step in the audition process is a video prescreen. You are required to submit a video recording with very good sound quality to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. You must include the repertoire below and upload the recording directly to your application. Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the overall video and especially audio quality need to be high. Please make sure to introduce yourself at the beginning of the video, saying your name clearly so that we can know who you are!
Three songs are required:
Seven songs/arias* are required:
*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.
A full-length recital consisting of at least four (4) contrasting style periods, including compositions in English, French, German, and Italian. The program should contain 60 minutes of music and include no more than two operatic arias. In addition, candidates are encouraged to include pieces in their native language or other global languages as well as works by composers from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, genders, and/or cultures.
Applicants who pass prescreening move on to the live audition. Your repertoire must reflect the criteria below. Be prepared to introduce yourself at the beginning of your audition, saying your name clearly so that we can know who you are! Also be prepared to pronounce the composer and librettist’s names correctly.
Seven songs/arias are required:
Be prepared to introduce yourself at the beginning of your audition, saying your name clearly so that we can know who you are! Also be prepared to pronounce the composer and librettist’s names correctly and know something about them and their contributions to the vocal canon.
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