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Auditions: Undergraduate - Voice

All voice applicants are required to submit a pre-audition screening video by December 11.

First you must apply to DePaul School of Music. After you submit your online application, you may upload your pre-screening video under the "Portfolio Submission" section at the following website: DePaul Pre-Audition Recording Upload

All recordings received after December 11 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

Classical

Pre-Screening Requirements

Your pre-audition screening video must include two songs, classical in nature, one in English and one in a foreign language.

Each piece should be recorded in a single take and uploaded as an individual track. Recordings of individual tracks edited together from multiple takes are not appropriate.

Live Audition Requirements

All live auditions must be sung from memory and should demonstrate technical proficiency and musical understanding in a variety of styles. Students should also be prepared to sight-read. All songs should be classical in nature (opera arias, lieder, art songs, etc.); if you are unsure whether a selection is appropriate or not, please call our office at 773-325-7444. Selections should be accompanied when appropriate. 

For regional auditions in Atlanta and Los Angeles, vocalists must provide their own accompanists.

For on-campus auditions, DePaul will provide an accompanists unless an applicant prefers to bring their own. 

The vocal audition is:

  • three selections: one song each in Italian and English and one in a language other than Italian or English (i.e. French, German, Spanish, etc.). Two of the songs may be the songs already presented on the pre-audition recording. 

Jazz

Pre-Screening Requirements

Performance of two jazz standards from the Great American Songbook of contrasting tempo and style. The pre-screen performance can be with a live ensemble or pre-recorded tracks.

Each piece should be recorded in a single take and uploaded as an individual track. All prescreening materials must be submitted as an online video with high quality audio that has no reverb or other sound enhancements or modifications. Videos must be produced for the purposes of this audition (i.e. not clips from concerts or previous performances). Recordings of individual tracks edited together from multiple takes are not appropriate.

Live Audition Requirements

Successful candidates who pass the pre-screening for undergraduate admission should be prepared to perform the following requirements for an in-person audition:

- A medium tempo jazz standard, different from one’s chosen pre-screening material, with vocal improvisation 

- A 12-bar blues with melody, vocalese (if applicable), and two choruses of improvisation 

- A selection of contrasting style and tempo (Bossa nova, funk, etc.) 

- Sight reading

Applicant must sing and demonstrate technical proficiency of registration and range by singing a major and chromatic scale, 2 octaves (key of choice). 

Accompaniment will be provided at in-person audition. Applicant must provide three legible lead sheets for chosen selections in his/her preferred keys for performance. The IREALPRO app can be used as backing tracks for off campus auditions, if accompaniment is not provided.