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 offerings.

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

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:

  • Auditions will be by Zoom appointment on the following dates.  You will receive a specific appointment time later, and the Zoom link will be sent a few days before your audition date.  Singers should plan on performing with prerecorded accompaniment tracks.Saturday, February 6, 2021
    Saturday, February 13, 2021
    Saturday, February 20, 2021

Graduate Audition

Pre-screening recordings are required in order to obtain an audition for the graduate programs in voice.  Three (3) selections are required in a video format.  Students interested in being considered for assistantships in opera should include at least one opera aria among 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 to the university should be made well in advance of the Zoom audition date of preference (see below) and recordings received at least two (2) weeks prior to the preferred Zoom audition date.

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 Voice Area requires a Zoom audition (upon acceptance from the pre-screening round) for entry into the MM and DMA programs. The audition program in voice (combining the pre-screening recordings and additional live performances on Zoom) 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 found 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 (one in the pre-screening round, and at least two in total).

Spring 2021 Graduate Voice Auditions for Fall 2021 admission:

  • Auditions will be by Zoom appointment on the following dates. You will receive a specific appointment time later, and the Zoom link will be sent a few days before your audition date.  Singers should plan on performing with prerecorded accompaniment tracks, or a live pianist who is a member of the singer’s household.  The dates below are for those potential students who will have advanced out of the pre-screening round.  In this next live Zoom round, selections from the remainder of the audition package will be requested, in addition to an interview. A live Zoom performance of one of the selections previously submitted in the pre-screening round may also be requested.
    Saturday, February 6, 2021
    Saturday, February 13, 2021
    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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