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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

Acceptance into the voice program at SFCM requires pre-screening.

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

  • All applicants residing in California
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Voice applicants

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate applicants residing outside of California

We strongly recommend that Master of Music applicants residing in the United States audition live.

Final audition recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside of the United States

Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Pre-Screening

Any applicants auditioning live at SFCM or at a regional site must submit a pre-screening recording with the repertoire listed below. The recording must be audiovisual. All Final Audition Recording applicants, including all USA Schools of Music applicants, do not need to submit the pre-screening repertoire, and should only submit videos of the Final Audition repertoire.

Undergraduate

  • One 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)
  • One piece chosen by the applicant

Graduate

  • One opera aria
  • One contrasting art song
  • One piece chosen by the applicant

Postgraduate

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

Final Audition Repertoire

Applicants invited to audition in San Francisco may bring their own collaborative pianists 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

  • One 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)
  • One piece chosen by the applicant
  • One reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. (This reading does not need to be memorized and should not exceed 30 seconds.)

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.
  • One piece chosen by the applicant
  • One reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. (This reading does not need to be memorized and should not exceed 30 seconds.)

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.
  • One piece chosen by the applicant
  • One reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. (This reading does not need to be memorized and should not exceed 30 seconds.)

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

Audition Dates at SFCM

January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23

2019-20 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions - In Spring 2020

 

Interlochen January 18
Chicago January 20
New York February 28
New York February 29
New York March 2

These auditions will include a master class with a featured SFCM faculty member.

 

 

Asian Regional Auditions - in Fall 2019

 

*Seoul October 27
*Taipei October 29-30
Shenzhen October 31
*Hong Kong November 1
Singapore November 3
*Guangzhou November 4-5
*Shanghai November 7-9
*Beijing November 11-14

*These auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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