Voice Audition Repertoire

Audition recordings are required for all applicants to NEC. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your recording files as part of your online application.

Please note that Fall 2021 applications and audition recordings for Vocal Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy (DMA only) are due by December 1, 2020.

Artist Diploma in Opera requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

All auditions repertoire should be performed from memory.

If conditions allow, it is preferred that auditions be performed with a collaborative pianist. However, performances with accompaniment tracks are also acceptable if in-person or low-latency collaboration with a pianist is not possible.

Undergraduate

An operatic aria is not required for undergraduate applicants; however, any undergraduate who wishes to include an aria in addition to the required repertoire may do so.

Bachelor of Music and Tufts/NEC:

  1. One art song in English
  2. One art song in a non-English language (Italian from any early Italian anthology preferred)
  3. One art song in a language of the applicant's choice
  4. Optional: one opera aria

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Harvard/NEC and BM Transfer Applicants:

  1. One art song in English
  2. One art song in Italian (from any early Italian anthology preferred)
  3. One art song in German
  4. One art song in French
  5. Optional: one opera aria

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma

  1. One art song in Italian
  2. One art song in French
  3. One art song in German
  4. One art song in English
  5. One opera aria
  6. One oratorio aria

Graduate singers may choose to substitute a second contrasting operatic aria for one of the art songs, as long as all four major languages are represented in the six selections. NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Doctor of Musical Arts

Applicants must prepare a full recital program consisting of 45 minutes of music covering at least three distinct stylistic periods and including repertoire in Italian, French, German and English. In addition to the recital repertoire, the applicant must present one operatic and one oratorio aria from any period. NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Vocal Pedagogy Writing Requirement

Along with the recording outlined above, applicants in Vocal Pedagogy must submit a writing sample. Writing samples should be submitted as a PDF and uploaded into the audition recording section of the online application.

Please submit one essay from the list of options below. Please provide citations where appropriate.

  • An academic research paper related to singing, vocal pedagogy, or voice science.
  • A critical review of an article (from JOS or similar), book, or published methodology related to singing or vocal pedagogy.
  • An essay describing your personal interest in vocal pedagogy.