Voice Audition

Admission to the ETSU Department of Music

as a Vocal Major or Minor

and for all Vocal Scholarships


 

 

Vocal Degree Programs:

Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Music Education
Minor in Music, Vocal Concentration

 

Any student seeking to MAJOR or MINOR in music at ETSU must complete the following steps.

Any student who will not be majoring in music but intends to audition for a music scholarship must follow the SAME process:

 

1. Apply for general admission to the university. Information about applying to ETSU can be found at: 

         Apply to East Tennessee State University

2. Once you have been accepted to the university at large, you must audition for the Department of Music with the vocal faculty. Follow the procedures outlines below:


 

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance:

  • Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:
    • One American or British art song (NO musical theatre selections)
    • One foreign-language art song or aria (Italian, German, or French)

  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations
  • Music Theory diagnostic exam

*See Policies Below

 

Audition Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Music, Vocal Music Education:

 

  • Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:
    • One in English (Musical theatre selection is acceptable)
    • One foreign-language art song or aria (Italian, German, or French); OR an English art song or aria (must not be musical theatre)
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations
  • Music Theory diagnostic exam

*See Policies Below

 

Audition Requirements for Non-Music Major Students Seeking Vocal Scholarships:

  • Two memorized and accompanied selections in contrasting styles:
    • Preferably at least one selection must be an art song or aria in English or a foreign-language (Italian, German, or French)
    • Musical theatre selections are acceptable
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory exercises
  • Range vocalizations

*See Policies Below

 

Audition Policies for ALL Vocal Auditions:

  • All vocal selections must be published for solo voice and piano. (You may NOT use choral music, lead sheets, or recorded accompaniment.) It is recommended that repertoire be chosen from the following, but it is not strictly limited to these collections:

    • 28 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, for high, medium high, medium, medium low, and low voice. G. Schirmer, Inc., distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation

    • 26 Italian Songs and Arias, medium high or medium low voice, John Glenn Paton, editor. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

    • The First Book/The Second Book of Solos series for soprano, mezzo-soprano/alto,
 tenor, and baritone/bass voice, compiled by Joan Frey Boytim.
 G. Schirmer, Inc., distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation

    • Standard Vocal Literature series. Hal Leonard Corporation

    • Pathways of Song vocal series, for medium high or medium low voice,
 compiled and edited by Frank Laforge and Will Earhart. Alfred Publishing Company, Inc.

    • The Young Singer series, compiled and edited by Richard D. Row. Carl Fischer Music

    • Folk Songs for Solo Singers, medium high or medium low voice, compiled and edited by Jay Althouse; Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

    • The Singer's Music Theatre Anthology series. Hal Leonard Corporation.

 

Audition Accompanist:

It is highly recommended that you bring your own accompanist with whom you have rehearsed. If you cannot provide your own accompanist, one will be provided for you. Please bring the original music for the accompanist to use or an approved, legal copy. Depending on the schedule, there may or may not be time for you to rehearse with your accompanist. For this reason, please consider the difficulty of your accompaniment when selecting audition repertoire.

 

Schedule an Audition:

To schedule an audition:

1. Submit Online the Vocal Audition Form

2. Select an audition date and time from the Online Sign-Up (Click on Date Below)

Vocal Audition Dates for Enrollment in Fall 2015 are:

 

Questions?

Contact Dr. Matthew Potterton:

(423) 439-6949

 

Recorded Auditions:

Recorded auditions are STRONGLY discouraged, and acceptable only for students who live 250 miles (or more) from campus. Please contact Dr. Matthew Potterton for further details about submitting a recorded audition.  

 


 

3. Once you have auditioned, you will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance or rejection to the ETSU Department of Music no later than a month after the audition date. Information regarding scholarships which have been awarded may arrive in a separate mailing.

4. If you are accepted as a music major or minor and/or you are awarded a scholarship, you must return the appropriate acceptance forms by the stated due date. Failure to do so may forfeit your admission and/or all scholarship awards. 

5.  Once you have returned your acceptance forms, you will receive further information on how to prepare for the coming year. An academic adviser will be assigned to you, and you may contact him/her with questions. ETSU Admissions will provide information to you about the university at large. A letter explaining the time, date, and location of the required orientation for the Department of Music will be mailed to you over the summer. 

 


 

 

Scholarships:

Students who are seeking admittance to the Bachelor of Music program as a vocal major or minor need only to schedule one audition for the purpose of both admission to the degree program and for scholarship consideration. Students will automatically be considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible.

Students who will not be majoring in vocal music but wish to be considered for scholarship funding through the vocal music program will also need to schedule and follow the same process.

More information about scholarships available through the ETSU Department of Music is available at:

Scholarship Information