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Voice and Opera


The undergraduate voice audition is about 15 minutes in length. Applicants for all vocal programs (Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, and the Bachelor of Arts) are required to:

  • Perform one song in English from memory.
  • Perform one song in Italian, German, or French from memory.
    • Suggested Repertoire for Foreign Language Songs
    • Italian: selections from 28 Italian Songs and Arias or selections by Donaudy or Handel
    • German: songs by Brahms, Schubert, Clara Schumann, or Robert Schumann
    • French: songs by Fauré or Hahn
  • Demonstrate sight-reading proficiency on one short melodic and one rhythmic exercise.
  • Complete a short interview and Q&A with the voice faculty.
  • Provide their own accompanist or pay the Vocal Audition Fee.
    • Vocal Audition Fee
      • The voice faculty strongly feels that applicants give their best auditions when they perform with the pianists with whom they have prepared their audition repertoire. If bringing the applicant's pianist to the audition is not possible, the School of Music can arrange for a pianist for a non-refundable fee of $10. If the applicant chooses this option, he/she should complete the payment process via the following link: This fee must be paid through this website; no payments can be accepted at the audition. Applicants who do not pay this fee are responsible for providing their own pianists. Taped/CD accompaniments are not allowed.
  • Choosing Your Vocal Repertoire
    • Appropriate solo vocal literature can be found in a number of publications and/or online resources.
    • Popular sheet music books include The First Book of Solos series (Edited by Joan Frey Boytim), the Standard Vocal Literature series (Edited by Richard Walters), and the Twenty-Eight Italian Songs and Arias (Edited by Richard Walters). These books are available in a number of school music libraries or for purchase at a local music store or through an online retailer. Additionally, many vocal works are in the public domain and are available for free PDF download at
  • The voice faculty is eager to hear the applicant’s ability to sing healthily and beautifully with great attention to style, diction, interpretation, and stage presence. Please do not bring difficult songs to the audition that are not suitable to your current vocal abilities. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your audition repertoire, please contact Prof. Debra Rentz at


Graduate Voice Auditions (Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy)



Debra Rentz

Chair of Voice Division & Lecturer, Music
(740) 566-6450

Margaret Kennedy-Dygas

Professor of Voice, Music Theory, Music Literature

Andrew Ryker

Assistant Professor of Opera/Voice, Director of Opera
(740) 593-4244

Kelly W. Burns

Assistant Professor of Voice
(740) 593-4235