The voice faculty at UGA embraces a variety of singing styles, from Western classical to musical theater, jazz to singer-songwriter and beyond. In the recent past, our auditions have not adequately reflected this diversity although we encourage a broad worldview within the voice program itself.
The voice area wants to get to know you as a singer and individual, your past experiences and aspirations for your career in music, during the audition process. We require two pieces for incoming undergraduate auditions, one song or aria from the traditional Western classical genre, and a “freestyle” selection representing any singing style in which you are comfortable. This piece can be self-composed and/or accompanied by yourself on piano, guitar, or other instruments.
We are no longer requiring pre-screening videos, but submitted videos will still be accepted for long distance auditions. However, to be considered for scholarship, students must attend a live audition.
Present two memorized selections to include:
1. One song in any language in any singing style in which you are comfortable.
- This selection may be self-composed if you are a composer or songwriter.
2. One song or aria from the Western classical tradition. Suggested anthologies:
- 30 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Edition Peters)
- 26 Italian Songs and Arias (Alfred Music Publishing)
- 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- Standard Vocal Literature (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- Singer’s Library of Song (Alfred Music Publishing)
- Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh (Alfred Music Publishing)
- Pathways of Song (Alfred Music Publishing)
- Easy Songs for Beginning Singers (Hal Leonard Publishing)
- The First Book of Solos Series (Hal Leonard Publishing)
Accompaniment for Live Auditions
- Selection 1 (“freestyle” piece) may be self-accompanied or you may use a pre-recorded track if appropriate. You may also opt to bring your own pianist or work with our staff pianist (see below).
- Selection 2 (Western classical piece) must be sung with live piano accompaniment, either with your own pianist or our staff pianist.
If you cannot secure your own accompanist, a UGA staff pianist can be provided for the audition. To secure a UGA staff pianist, please submit your music application at least three weeks prior to your audition date. You must bring original copies of your music to your audition. A list of accompanists is available to you upon request.
Auditionees using a UGA staff accompanist should bring their music to the audition, either original scores or photocopies in double-sided copy format, mounted in a 3-ring binder without plastic sleeves. Cuts or musical adjustments not indicated on the score should be identified and discussed with the accompanist during on-site rehearsal.
You are required to secure your own accompanist if you do not attend one of the official audition dates. Please email Music Admissions for more information on finding an accompanist.
Repertoire questions? Email Dr. Elizabeth Knight.
Admissions questions? Email Music Admissions.