Department of Music

Voice Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare two songs of the classical music tradition (i.e., Italian, Latin, French, German or English art song, African-American spiritual, American folksong and/or aria). One of these should be in English. A song from the standard musical theater repertoire may be substituted for one of the songs of the classical music tradition. Please note that popular songs (e.g., country, gospel, contemporary christian, praise and worship, rhythm and blues, urban, pop, jazz, etc.) are not acceptable.
  2. The audition may include sight singing in addition to the performance of the prepared songs.
  3. The Music Department will provide an accompanist. Music for the accompanist should be in either original form or two-sided copies in a black binder. Recorded accompaniment is discouraged. The singer may provide his/her own accompanist.
  4. Professional attire is recommended.
  5. The student will be responsible for sending a list of titles, composers, and keys of all repertoire to be performed prior to the audition date. This list should be emailed to music@auburn.edu.

Questions? Contact Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Coordinator, Voice Studies.

 

Commercial Voice Audition Requirements:

  • Prepare two songs. No more than 4 minutes total in length for both songs.
    • 2 contrasting songs: Songs can be any published popular song from the 1920's to current music.  Categories can include musical theater, published folk songs, jazz, blues, rock, pop, rap, country, Christian, R&B, indie, alternative.  Any popular genre with contrasting style, tempo, and/or mood.  (Ex.  If one song is slow in tempo, the other should be up tempo.)
    • One of the two contrasting songs can include an original song submitted with a lyric and lead sheet if there are vocals and chord or drum chart if it is an instrumental performance.
    • All vocal performances must be accompanied.  No a cappella (unaccompanied) vocal performances will be accepted. 
    • The Music Department will not provide a collaborative pianist for auditions. A backing track without the solo vocals, or the solo instrument, may be used. 
    • The audition may include sight singing for singers; sight reading and/or scales for instrumentalists in addition to the performance of the prepared songs.
    • If the audition is conducted via video the full body should be visible.
    • The student should prepare and speak an introduction to each piece. The introduction and performance should demonstrate a strong stage presence and effective communication skills. 
    •  Professional artist attire is recommended.
    • The student will be responsible for sending charts, lyrics, a list of titles, composers, and keys of all repertoire to be performed prior to the audition date. This list should be emailed to music@auburn.edu.

Questions? Contact Professor Jilla Webb, Professor of Practice, Commercial Voice.

 

Last Updated: April 29, 2021