Voice Performance: Graduate Audition Information and Requirements

The NDSU Voice Program is holding live auditions as well as accepting video auditions for applicants wishing to audition for the 2022-2023 academic year.

For those traveling to Fargo, ND for a live audition: A member of the voice faculty will be in touch with you about scheduling your audition date. Refer to the audition requirements in the yellow box below for the MM and DMA programs.

For those submitting a video audition: Please contact our voice faculty to discuss submission of your audition videos as well as to arrange an interview by Zoom or similar platform. Refer to the audition requirements in the yellow box below for the MM and DMA programs.

NOTE: We cannot schedule your audition (or review your audition videos) until you have successfully completed your application to the NDSU Graduate School. We recommend applying to the Graduate School as soon as possible.

Master of Music in Voice Repertoire Requirements

  1. Prepare four classical vocal selections:
    1. At least 1 aria from an opera or an oratorio, mass, cantata, etc.*** sung in the original language and key.
    2. At least 1 art song in English.
    3. At least 1 art song in French or German.
    4. A fourth selection of your choosing.
  2. All repertoire must be sung from memory.
  3. Your selections must be contrasting in a variety of keys and moods and must represent a variety of major musical eras chosen from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or Modern periods.
  4. Your selections must cover English plus at least two languages chosen from French, German, and Italian. Additional languages such as Russian, Czech, Spanish, and Latin are welcome in the audition, but are not required.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Repertoire Requirements

  1. Prepare six classical vocal selections:
    1. At least 1 opera aria in the original key and language.
    2. At least 1 aria from a standard oratorio, mass, cantata, etc.*** in the original key and language.
    3. At least 1 art song in English.
    4. At least 1 art song in French.
    5. At least 1 art song in German.
    6. A sixth selection of your choosing.
  2. All repertoire must be sung from memory.
  3. Your selections must be contrasting in a variety of keys and moods and must represent at least three major musical eras chosen from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or Modern periods.
  4. Your selections must demonstrate proficiency in English, French, German, and Italian lyric diction. Additional languages such as Russian, Czech, Spanish, and Latin are welcome in the audition, but are not required.

***Exception: Arias from oratorio, mass, cantata, etc. may be sung in English translation if doing so is considered standard performance practice, for example: arias from Mendelssohn's Elijah or Haydn's Creation.

All Applicants: On the day of your audition, you will start with the selection of your choosing, and the voice faculty will select pieces to be heard from the remaining titles on your audition list. A pianist is provided to you, free of charge. You will have an opportunity to rehearse with your pianist prior to your audition. After your sung audition, you will complete a brief interview with the voice faculty.

If you have any questions regarding the audition requirements or process, please email our voice faculty at voice.faculty@ad.ndus.edu.