Bass School of Music  
Graduate Vocal Auditions

Vocal candidates may be asked to sing all or part of their prepared repertoire. All vocal music must be performed from memory. Photocopied music, taped accompaniments, and a cappella performances are not allowed.

An accompanist will be provided free of charge at the on-campus national audition dates.  In addition to the original music, one copy of the music must be supplied for the accompanist, hole punched and in a three ring binder.  You will meet with the accompanist briefly prior to your scheduled audition time.  Music that has been transposed must be readable.  If you are transposing music, please contact us to discuss the appropriate format for transposed music. 

All vocal candidates are required to provide a headshot and resume at the audition.

Graduate Vocal Performance and Opera Performance
Candidates must prepare a repertoire of six pieces to include the following:

  • Operatic aria
  • Oratorio aria
  • 20th century British or American art song
  • French art song
  • German art song
  • Song of the candidate’s choice

Graduate Music Theater
Candidates must prepare a repertoire of six pieces to include the following:

  • Classical Selections
    • One operatic aria
    • One art song
  • Music Theater Selections – four contrasting pieces
    • One up tempo
    • One ballad
    • One classic music theater piece prior to 1970
    • Music theater selection of the candidate’s choice

Applicants must also perform two contrasting monologues no more than two minutes each.  The monologues are to come from published plays.  Monologues from musicals, television, or other mediums are not allowed.

Dance Evaluation

All students auditioning for Music Theater must also participate in a dance evaluation. This evaluation will be used to assess your ability to move and potential for continued improvement.  

Applicants will fulfill their OCU dance evaluation by performing the musical theater combo taught at the audition.  Students will be given a warm up and ample time to learn the combination, with options to increase the difficulty as needed.  The audition combination will be performed in small groups.

Recorded audition applications will need to learn our combination as provided online.  The link will be sent to students with their audition confirmation.   

Suitable dress for women includes jazz pants, tights, a leotard, dance skirts, or other form fitting clothing. Men may wear tights, jazz pants, shorts, t-shirts, or form fitting sweatpants.  All students should bring jazz shoes and/or character shoes.