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Voice Auditions

You'll be great. Trust us.

We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.

Audition Requirements: Voice

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California
  • Graduate voice applicants residing in the United States
  • Postgraduate voice applicants

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California
  • Undergraduate voice applicants

Final audition recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal DecisionDesk Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Acceptance into the voice program at SFCM requires pre-screening as well as a live audition.

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit a pre-screening recording with the repertoire listed below. We strongly recommend that the recording be audiovisual, but we will also accept audio-only recordings.

Undergraduate

  • An Italian aria or song such as those found in the Anthology of Italian Song of the 17th and 18th Centuries
  • One song originally written in English (not a translation)
  • A piece chosen by the applicant

Graduate

  • An opera aria
  • A contrasting art song
  • A piece chosen by the applicant

Postgraduate

  • An opera aria
  • Two contrasting art songs
  • A piece chosen by the applicant

Final Audition Repertoire

Applicants invited to audition in San Francisco may bring their own accompanists or use one provided by the Conservatory for the $30 fee processed when the application is submitted. (Those not invited will be refunded the accompanist fee.)

Undergraduate

  • An Italian aria or song such as those found in the Anthology of Italian Song of the 17th and 18th Centuries
  • One song in English (not a translation)
  • A piece chosen by the applicant
  • A reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. (This reading does not need to be memorized.)

Additionally, at the faculty's discretion, applicants may be asked to sight-read a very short musical passage.

Graduate

  • Two opera arias in contrasting styles
  • Three art songs in contrasting styles in three different languages, one of which must be English. The arias and songs must include pieces in German, French, and Italian.
  • A piece chosen by the applicant
  • A reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. (This reading does not need to be memorized.)

Additionally, at the faculty's discretion, applicants may be asked to sight-read a very short musical passage. 

Postgraduate

  • Three opera arias in contrasting styles
  • Three art songs in contrasting styles in three different languages, one of which must be English. The arias and songs must include pieces in German, French, and Italian.
  • A piece chosen by the applicant
  • A reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. (This reading does not need to be memorized.)

Additionally, at the faculty's discretion, applicants may be asked to sight-read a very short musical passage. 

Live Audition Dates at SFCM:

  • January 29, 2017
  • February 12, 2017
  • February 19-20, 2017

Regional Auditions (North America):

  • Montreal: January 12, 2017 - Schulich School of Music, McGill University
  • Interlochen: January 14, 2017
  • Chicago: January 16, 2017
  • Boston: February 22, 2017 - Boston University
  • New York: February 24, 2017 - NOLA Sound Studio, Manhattan

Regional Auditions (Asia):

  • Seoul: October 16, 2016 - Naeum Art Hall
  • Taipei: October 18, 2016 - The Forum Auditorium
  • Guangzhou: October 21 - 23, 2016 - Xinhai Conservatory
  • Shanghai: October 26-29, 2016 - Tongii University
  • Beijing: October 31 - November 4, 2016 - China Conservatory

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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