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VOICE AUDITIONS: For placement in a studio for lessons
 
**Please read all of this carefully.**
 
Students who want to register for an individual voice lesson* must audition for the voice area faculty. (Entering students who have received a voice talent scholarship are excused from this requirement.)

PREPARATION:
You must be ready with the following audition material
  • Prepare two classical songs by memory. At least one must be in a language other than English.
  • We will provide an accompanist, though you may bring your own if you wish.
  • Bring music for the pianist – make sure it’s in the key that you wish to sing in.
  • Please bring a book, or at least have your pages hole-punched and in a notebook (so there aren’t loose pages flying around).
* Students interested in non-major/elective voice lessons do not have to sing in a foreign language.  Songs also do not have to be classical in style.
 
WHO SHOULD AUDITION:
  • Students interested in individual voice lessons
  • Students who plan to major in music (BM, BME, BA, etc.) with voice as the principal instrument who have not already been awarded a scholarship, even if you previously auditioned for the voice area
  • Students who are interested in minoring in music with voice as the principal instrument
  • Students from other majors interested in elective voice lessons (not BME secondary, see below)
  • Students who are prepared with memorized songs
WHO SHOULD NOT AUDITION:
  • Students who have already been awarded a voice scholarship
  • Students who are interested in Singing for Non-Majors (MUSI 111A)
  • BME students interested in Voice (MUSI 102) as a secondary instrument. If you have already taken Vocal Techniques, you do not need to audition to request voice lessons. Simply contact Prof. Basinski and we will place you as studio space allows.
  • Students who are not prepared with memorized songs
If you do not have the required material prepared on the audition day, do not audition. Register for Singing for Non-Majors (MUSI 111A) instead. This will allow you to prepare audition selections by the end of the semester. Please contact Prof. Basinski to inform the voice area that this is your plan.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • All students enrolled in voice lessons are required to audition for and enroll in a choral ensemble.  This is a departmental requirement.  For more information, please see the Choral Placement page.
UM VOICE PROGRAM AUDITION PROCEDURE:
  1. Sign up for an audition time online.
  2. Fill out a UM Voice Audition Form (please submit completed form by Tuesday, August 26th at 9am, put in Prof. Basinski's mailbox in the Main Music Office)
  3. Prepare your audition selections from memory, well in advance of the audition.
  4. Bring a copy of each prepared selection for the pianist, originals please or downloaded copies hole punched and placed in a binder; a pianist is provided for your audition.
  5. Plan to arrive at the audition room 10 minutes early
  6. Following your audition, check for an email from Professor Basinski Wednesday night, August 27, for the results of your audition; schedule an appointment with her if you have questions regarding the results of your audition.
  7. Register for your lessons during the first week of classes.
  8. Contact your voice professor as soon as you receive the information.
AUDITIONS DATES/TIMES:
The auditions will be held on the following dates and times:
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2:10 - 4:00pm (Room 105); sign up online for a  Audition Time.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 3:10pm - 4:00pm (Room 105); sign up online for a Audition Time.
YOUR 10-MINUTE AUDITION WILL CONSIST OF:
  • Meeting the Voice Area faculty members
  • Performing your 2 memorized selections with piano (pianist provided)
  • Basic musicianship questions (identify key and/or time signatures, for instance)
  • You may be asked to work on a vocal exercise with a faculty member
  • You may be asked to perform a quick aural sing-back exercise
  • Feel free to ask questions about the program
Please be punctual, professional and prepared for your auditions.  The Voice Area faculty members look forward to meeting each of you and hearing you sing!
 
Please contact me with any questions.
Professor Anne Basinski
anne.basinski@umontana.edu