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Vocal Music Audition

To audition for Vocal Music, you’ll be asked to upload a Solo Video before the application deadline. We highly suggest students attend the Audition Workshop in November to help prepare for their audition submission. More information on the workshop can be found HERE.

Audition Video Requirements

We ask that you watch this Vocal Music Audition Tutorial Video prior to recording your Audition Video HERE.

You are required to sing ONE of the following three selections:

  • “America, the Beautiful” (Simple Version | Ray Charles and Alicia Keys Version)

  • “Amazing Grace” (Simple Version | Celine Dion Version)

  • “America—My Country, ‘tis of Thee” (Simple Version | Kelly Clarkson Version)

Students may prepare an optional second piece if they would like to. We suggest Gospel, musical theater, folk songs, R&B, and some pop songs.

All songs must be performed a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment. Pre-recorded instrumental tracks must not include any background vocals.

Here are some examples of second-choice selections:

  • Spiritual/Folk Song: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Danny Boy”

  • Gospel/Hymn: “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

  • R&B: “Falling” by Alicia Keys

  • Pop/Rock: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

  • Pop: “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith, “Rock with You” by Michael Jackson

  • Musical Theater: “Reflection” from Mulan, “Seasons of Love” from Rent

  • Jazz: “My Funny Valentine,” “All of Me,” “Summertime”

Judging Criteria

Vocal Music Auditions are evaluated on the following:

  • Pitch recognition (ability to remember and sing back pitches played from the piano with accuracy)

  • Vocal technique

  • Voice range, voice development, control across ranges (Head and Chest Voice)

  • Quality of tone production

  • Ability to sing in tune and with some level of musicality

  • Aptitude and attitude toward learning a wide range of music, including classical

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other students and take risks

Click here to view the full rubric used during Vocal Music Auditions. (Linked to rubric | Get from Arts Deans when ready)


After submitting your Solo Video, you may be invited to attend a live callback either on Zoom or in person. Receiving a callback does not mean that a decision on admission has been made, it simply means the panel wants to see you one more time before coming to a final decision.

Vocal music callbacks include vocal technique and aural assessments that consist of short pitch memory and technical ability exercises.

If you’re unable to submit a video or have questions about the audition process, please contact

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