Voice Area

Coordinator: Dr. Kristin Dauphinais - kdauphin@email.arizona.edu

Area Faculty

Undergraduate Auditions

Undergraduate Degrees with Vocal Emphasis

At the University of Arizona we have several different tracks to specifically align with the goals and talents of our various students.  Each student should consider which path will help them to obtain the skillset required to reach their personal aspirations and audition accordingly.

BA – Vocal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in vocal studies offers diverse liberal arts approach to musical study.  It is best suited to the student who would like to incorporate knowledge of vocal arts into their career, but perhaps not work as a full-time performer.  Students following the track in a BA in vocal studies have gone on to become lawyers, physicians, song leaders in houses of worship, arts administrators, sound technicians, and business professionals.

BM – Music Education – Vocal

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education with emphasis in vocal training prepares students to become certified choral educators in elementary through high school levels in the state of Arizona and many other states as well. 

BM – Vocal Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance prepares students for continued graduate studies in voice and for a competitive career as a classical singer on stage in opera, oratorio, song, and other related performance genres.  Most students in this track have had prior private vocal training and some stage experience.  It is highly recommended that any student wishing to audition for placement in the vocal performance degree path come to the U of A for a live audition.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (vocal emphasis)

            -2 classical selections with contrasting styles or tempi

Bachelor of Music Education

            -2 classical selections with contrasting styles or tempi

            - Interview with the Music Education Faculty

Bachelor of Music (vocal performance)*

- 3 classical selections with contrasting styles or tempi.  One selection should be in a foreign language.

* a minimum of one year of private study prior to your audition is highly recommended

Audition Accompanist

All auditions should be performed with piano accompaniment which will be provided at no charge. Singers should submit the titles of their selections directly to Dr. Kristin Dauphinais kdauphin@email.arizona.edu a minimum of one week prior their scheduled audition date for all undergraduate auditions and a minimum of two weeks prior for all graduate auditions.

**All audition selections should be performed from memory**

Graduate Degrees at the University of Arizona

MM – Vocal Performance

The Master of Music in vocal performance expands upon the knowledge of an individual with a BM in vocal performance.  The degree offers training in opera history, art song, vocal pedagogy as well provides the singer an opportunity to hone their craft as a performing artist in terms of vocal technique, stage deportment, and the refinement of foreign languages.  This degree further prepares students for a career as a professional classical singer, a teacher of singing in a community college or home studio, or continuation into a doctorate of musical arts. The MM student at the U of A has multiple opportunities for gaining stage time, experience in competitions, recital performances, and ensemble experiences.

DMA – Vocal Performance

The Doctorate of Musical Arts is the terminal degree for the field of vocal performance and requires the completion of both a bachelor and masters degree.  It is intended to cultivate the highest level of scholarship and performance in vocal arts and prepare students to become teachers, performers and scholars at the university/ professional level. Students in the DMA program at the U of A also select a secondary track of emphasis to best prepare them for the current job market.  This secondary emphasis is known as the doctoral minor.  Common doctoral minors for vocal performance majors include: opera direction, conducting, musicology, and music theory.  However, students also have the opportunity to create an individualized minor in coordination with the graduate committee.

Audition Requirements

Master of Music Vocal Performance

            - 5 Selections of contrasting tempi, style periods and languages.  Both art song and arias should be represented and a student may also choose to include one selection from the oratorio repertoire.  The singer will be evaluated for musicality, dramatic interpretation, diction, and professional potential.

Doctor of Musical Arts – Vocal Performance

            - 30 minute program of contrasting selections.  It should include 1 oratorio, 2 arias and variety of song repertoire.  Audition Repertoire will be selected from this program.  However, it is likely that not all selections will be heard.

            - One example of scholarly writing

Audition Accompanist

All auditions should be performed with piano accompaniment, which will be provided at no charge. Singers should submit the titles of their selections directly to Dr. Kristin Dauphinais kdauphin@email.arizona.edu a minimum of two weeks prior to their scheduled audition dates for all graduate auditions.

**All audition selections should be performed from memory**

Graduate Audition Dates - Voice

No audition can be scheduled before you have applied to both The University of Arizona (UA Admissions) and the Fred Fox School of Music (Acceptd). To schedule an audition please contact David McGuiggan.  Scholarship priority for undergraduate students applying for Fall 2017 will be given to those students who audition by March 11, 2017.

  • Friday, October 28, 2016 - VOICE ONLY
    (in conjunction with UA High School Honor Choir)
    UA Campus Fred Fox School of Music Building
    Tucson, AZ
    Deadline to schedule the audition: Wednesday, October 26, 5:00pm AST
  • Thursday, January 5, 2017 - WOODWINDS/BRASS/PERCUSSION ONLY
    (in conjunction with UA High School Honor Band)
    UA Campus Fred Fox School of Music Building
    Tucson, AZ
    Deadline to schedule the audition: Monday, January 2, 5:00pm AST
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 ALL INSTRUMENTS AND VOICE
    UA Campus Fred Fox School of Music Building
    Tucson, AZ
    Deadline to schedule the audition: Wednesday, February 1, 5:00pm AST
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 ALL INSTRUMENTS AND VOICE
    UA Campus Fred Fox School of Music Building
    Tucson, AZ
    Deadline to schedule the audition: Wednesday, February 22, 5:00pm AST
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 - ALL INSTRUMENTS AND VOICE (EXCEPT PERCUSSION)
    Camelback Bible Church
    3900 East Stanford Drive
    Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
    Deadline to schedule the audition: Wednesday, March 8, 5:00pm AST

If you missed the scheduled audition dates above but would still like the opportunity to audition for admission, please email David McGuiggan.