Voice

Audition Information

Masterclass with Lynn Helding

Undergraduate Audition

Auditions are required of all students who wish to study voice at The University of Alabama. Please review our specific audition requirements below; you may also wish to consult the University’s guidelines on undergraduate admissions and scholarship information.

Potential undergraduate students in voice should prepare three selections which will be performed for memory at the audition. One of the three must be in a foreign language.  One may be a musical theater selection, as long at the other two selections are classical. Folk song arrangements are acceptable. Potential Music Therapy students may sing one selection with guitar, and may also include an appropriate pop music selection in addition to their classical and musical theater offering.

Potential students should apply to the University first, and then complete a School of Music Audition Request Form.

Please email Dr. Paul Houghtaling, Voice Area Coordinator, at phoughtaling@ua.edu with any questions on the audition or application process.

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Voice Auditions for Fall 2021 admission:

  • Watch this page for possible live audition dates in the spring.  Recorded auditions may replace live auditions this year, or we may hold auditions by appointment over Zoom – TBD.  We will update our audition information regularly. Thank you for your patience.

Graduate Audition

Pre-screening recordings are required in order to obtain an audition for the graduate programs in voice.  Three selections are required in a video format.  Students interested in being considered for assistantships in opera should include at least one opera aria in their pre-screening selections. All potential graduate students must apply to the UA Graduate School and submit an audition request to the School of Music (see links below) before recordings can be screened.  Application must be made and recordings received at least 6 weeks prior to the preferred audition date. ** See below for live audition information.

Pre-screening recordings, along with any questions about the voice program and the audition process, should be sent to Dr. Paul Houghtaling, Voice Area Coordinator, at phoughtaling@ua.edu.

In addition to admission to the University’s Graduate School, the School of Music requires an audition (upon acceptance from the pre-screening round) for entry into all MM and DMA programs. The audition program in voice should include five or six varied selections for the MM audition, and a 20-25 minute recital program for the DMA audition.  All graduate auditions should demonstrate an understanding of a variety of vocal styles such as lieder, mélodie, 20th and 21st century techniques and styles, as well as opera and/or oratorio arias. Students should also be able to show facility in diction and basic comprehension of the foreign languages commonly used in classical singing.  Potential graduate students interested in being considered for assistantships in opera should include at least two contrasting opera arias in their audition repertoire.

Spring 2021 Graduate Voice Auditions for Fall 2021 admission:

  • Watch this page for possible live audition dates in the spring. Recorded auditions (meaning additional recording beyond the prescreening) may replace live auditions this year – TBD.  We may also use a virtual ZOOM format by appointment for graduate voice auditions/interviews for those candidates moved forward from the prescreening.  We will update our audition information regularly. Thank you for your patience.

Please email Dr. Paul Houghtaling, Voice Area Coordinator, at phoughtaling@ua.edu with any questions on the audition or application process.