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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:

  • Bachelor of Music and Master of Music 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

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. 

Audition Dates at SFCM

  • January 27, 2019
  • February 10, 2019
  • February 17, 2019
  • February 24, 2019

2018-19 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 12, 2019
Chicago January 14, 2019
New York March 1, 2019 (voice only)
New York March 2, 2019 (piano only)
New York March 3, 2019
Boston

March 5, 2019

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 6, 2018
Taipei October 8-9, 2018
Hong Kong October 11-12, 2018
Guangzhou October 15-16, 2018
Shanghai October 18-19, 2018
Beijing October 22-25, 2018

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

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