Graduate Audition Requirements

Master of Music degree programs
Applicants for M.M. degree programs in Vocal Performance must present a 10-minute audition of three pieces in contrasting style, either in person or by CD.

Doctor of Musical Arts degree programs
Applicants for Vocal Performance must present a 10-minute audition of three contrasting pieces of standard classical repertoire. This audition must be in person.

All applicants, regardless of degree program, who audition in person are considered for performance-based music scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the performance opportunities for students?
The Vocal Performance program produces two major operas a year as well as numerous workshop performances. Many of our Vocal Performance students also elect to audition for the musicals and occasionally straight plays produced by the drama department. Every Vocal Performance major is required to perform two solo recitals: one half-hour junior recital and one hour-long senior recital.

What is “open-studio”?
Catholic University offers a very unique opportunity referred to as open-studio. While you are assigned a primary private instructor, this gives you the opportunity to take lessons from another member of our Vocal Performance faculty. This allows you further insight from a perspective other than your primary teacher.

How are students matched with their teachers?
During your first week of classes, our Vocal Performance faculty will hear you sing again. Based on their assessment of your abilities and development, you will be placed with a teacher the faculty feels most appropriate. Requests for specific teachers are considered.