Audition Information

Undergraduate Auditions

Student practicing vocalsAuditions 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 (Vocal Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, and all BA programs) should prepare three solo selections which must be performed for memory at the audition. One of the three must be in a foreign language for all degree programs. One may be a musical theater selection for Vocal Performance and Music Education, as long at the other two selections are classical. Folk song arrangements are acceptable.

Please note that for all degree programs, choral selections (i.e., singing your individual lines of one of your choir pieces) are not acceptable as solo audition repertoire.

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/or musical theater offerings, as appropriate.

Potential BA students may audition with two contrasting musical theatre selections, as long as the third audition selection is a classical solo piece in a foreign language.

NOTE:  In the event of non-acceptance of a potential voice major in any degree program, the candidate may choose to re-audition a second time only at the conclusion of the following academic semester. Immediate re-auditions will not be granted.

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

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

Spring 2022 Undergraduate Voice Auditions for Fall 2022 Admission

Auditions will be by Zoom appointment or live on campus 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 if the audition choice is online.  A pianist will be provided for a live audition.  For Zoom auditions, singers may choose to perform either with prerecorded accompaniment tracks or a live pianist in the same space. The latter is preferable for Zoom auditions, if possible.

  • February 5, 10:00-1:00, Central Time, via Zoom – Undergraduate only
  • February 12, 10:00-1:00, Central Time, via Zoom – Undergraduate only
  • February 20 (Sunday), 1:00-3:00 Central Time, via Zoom – both Undergraduate and Graduate
  • February 20 (Sunday) 3:30-5:30 Central Time, LIVE in Tuscaloosa, AL – both Undergraduate and Graduate
  • February 26, 10:00-1:00 Central Time, via Zoom – both Undergraduate and Graduate
  • February 26, 2:00-5:00 Central Time, LIVE in Tuscaloosa, AL – both Undergraduate and Graduate

Graduate Auditions

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 before recordings can be screened. Application to the university should be made well in advance of the Zoom or live audition date of preference (see below) and recordings received at least two (2) weeks prior to the preferred Zoom audition date, or for (4) weeks prior to the preferred live audition date in order to leave sufficient time for travel arrangements.

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 2022 Graduate Voice Auditions for Fall 2022 Admission

Auditions will be by Zoom appointment or live on campus on the following dates. You will receive a specific appointment time later, and the Zoom link or live appointment time will be sent a few days before your audition date.  A pianist will be provided for live auditions and a pdf containing audition music will be requested in advance.  For Zoom auditions, singers may audition with prerecorded accompaniment tracks or a pianist in the same space.  The latter is preferable, if possible.

The dates below are for those potential students who will have advanced out of the pre-screening round. In this next live Zoom or in-person/on campus 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.

  • February 5, 2:00-5:00, Central Time, via Zoom – Graduate only
  • February 12, 2:00-5:00 Central Time, via Zoom – Graduate only
  • February 20 (Sunday), 1:00-3:00 Central Time, via Zoom – both Undergraduate and Graduate
  • February 20 (Sunday) 3:30-5:30 Central Time, LIVE in Tuscaloosa, AL – both Undergraduate and Graduate
  • February 26, 10:00-1:00 Central Time, via Zoom – both Undergraduate and Graduate
  • February 26, 2:00-5:00 Central Time, LIVE in Tuscaloosa, AL – both Undergraduate and Graduate

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