Classical Voice Audition Requirements

Classical Voice Requirements

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding in-person auditions. Please upload your video audition to your application through the Education Community. For more detailed information on the Interlochen Arts Academy application process, please visit our How to Apply page.

Please prepare two contrasting pieces that demonstrate your singing ability and tone. Appropriate works include art songs, arias, and other classical selections. Live accompaniment is preferred, but not required. If you are using a recorded accompaniment, please adjust volume so that your performance is clearly discernible.

Suggested Composers for Vocal Repertoire:

  • Baroque composers such as Handel, Cesti, Scarlatti, Stradella, Bononcini, etc.
  • Classical composers such as Mozart and Haydn
  • Romantic and 20th Century composers such as Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Hahn, Faure, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Rorem, Barber, etc.
  • Opera arias are accepted if the voice is able to sing these pieces in a healthy manner

Suggested Editions:

  • Twenty-six Italian Songs & Arias published by Alfred Publishing
  • Joan Boytim/Hal Leonard series
  • Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Edition series
  • Oxford series

Video Introduction: Tell us about who you are as an artist. Record a short (2-5 minutes) video introduction, including information about your artistic journey, such as the kinds of classes or lessons you have taken, your artistic accomplishments, any awards you have won, groups you have participated in, artistic experiences that have been particularly meaningful, and anything else you would like for us to know about you as an artist.

Additional recording guidelines

If you are uploading a video audition, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submissions must not have been edited or enhanced for sound
  • One microphone should be used to record both the singer and keyboard
  • The camera should be placed in a fixed position in front of the singer, at a distance that shows both facial expression and physical posture/presentation

If you are unable to present the suggested audition materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential.

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