To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Voice), a student must pass an entrance audition before a faculty jury of three, to be appointed by the chairperson. The audition will occur near the end of the second semester of college and must demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well challenging repertoire representing several historical periods and styles. A student wishing to perform an entrance audition must notify the chairperson in writing at least three weeks prior to the audition. Only after passing the entrance audition may the student declare as a major the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Voice). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Voice) may declare a major in Music prior to the semesters stated above but will be listed as a candidate for the B.A. Music until he or she passes the audition. A student who does not pass the entrance audition in the second semester may have a second opportunity in the third semester.
The student who wishes to qualify for the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Voice) is to sing four pieces chosen from the following two lists. (With the teacher's permission, repertory may be chosen from the Post-Qualifying-Jury List.)
1.) Easier songs and arias in Italian from collections by 17th- and 18th-Century composers, such as
2.) Songs in English by American and British composers, such as
Because significant vocal development does not take place until the later teens or even early twenties, first-years singers typically have less formal pre-college training than do instrumentalists. Therefore, as may be apparent from the above listing, a student seeking to qualify for the degree program B.Mus. in Music Performance (Voice) need not demonstrate advanced vocal technique and musicianship in the execution of demanding repertory. What should be demonstrated to the jury, however, is the solidity of the aspiring singer's technical foundation-namely:
What should also be apparent to the qualifying panel is the young singer's innate musicianship and response to linguistic demands as evidenced by:
Repertory each semester eight* songs/arias from memory
* If in the teacher's opinion a single piece is equivalent in length to two pieces, that work may count as two. Likewise, if the teacher deems very short pieces not equivalent in length to an average single piece, the teacher may require two or more of them to count as one.
End-of-Semester Jury six songs/arias from memory *****
The B. Mus. in Music Performance (Voice) major must demonstrate on the Senior I.S. Recital the ability to sing in two languages in addition to English. The repertory studied will be determined by the student's language background and training. A sampling of repertory studied and performed by voice majors in recent years (and thus characteristic) follows.
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