Voice Division Chair: Philip Christiansen
Ohio University's voice division provides comprehensive vocal training through private studio instruction, studio classes, courses in lyric diction, pedagogy, and song literature. Master classes by visiting artists, performance laboratory opportunities, and solo competitions are an integral part of the curriculum. Stage training and experience is offered through Opera Theater, both in workshop classes as well as main-stage productions and scenes programs. The voice and opera theater faculty are uniquely qualified, through national and international experience, to train talented singers in the art and craft or opera performance. The proximity of Athens to urban centers (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Pittsburgh) allows the students to take advantage of the best possibilities those centers offer, yet provide the student with an environment conducive to hard work and learning, free of distractions other than the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Director of Opera & Musical Theater
Assistant Professor of Voice
BM-Voice Performance: Prepare three memorized selections, one of which must be from Italian, German, or French repertory.
All other undergraduate degrees(music therapy, choral music education, composition, BA): Perform two memorized selections.
Advanced solos from State Solo and Ensemble lists are strongly recommended for all three of the above categories.
All applicants will be tested for melodic and rhythmic sight reading during the audition.
Vocal Audition Fee
We strongly believe that the ideal circumstances for a student’s audition is with an accompanist with whom he or she has worked to develop a collaborative result. However, should you choose to use a provided accompanist we can arrange this (including a 15 minute rehearsal) for the fee of $10. Should you choose this option please complete the payment process via this link:
For additional information regarding voice division audition requirement, please contact:
Dr. Philip Christiansen
Voice Division Coordinator
Auditions are required of all new graduate students who wish to declare a major in music performance and music therapy. The audition process also serves to determine admission and assistantship consideration.
You may contact the School of Music by email or telephone (740-593-4244) to set up an audition. If making your request by email, please indicate audition dates in order of preference. If none of the listed audition dates are possible, please call the School of Music to determine whether the division faculty will be able to accommodate a different audition date for you.
After completing graduate school application forms, submitting transcripts of baccalaureate studies, and providing three (3) letters of recommendation, the master of music applicant will contact the chair of the voice division to determine an audition date at the School of Music in Athens. Auditions can be scheduled at any time during the regular academic year (September through May). If a live audition in Athens is not possible, a videotaped performance of the audition repertoire may be submitted for review by the voice division faculty.
Master of Music: Vocal Performance