Voice Audition Repertoire

Prescreening

Prescreening recordings are required for all vocal performance and vocal pedagogy applicants. Prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as for the live audition; recordings will not be reviewed if repertoire is incomplete or substitutions are made. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application. After review, qualified applicants will be invited to present a live audition at NEC. Applicants to Bachelor of Music, Tufts/NEC dual degree, Master of Music and Graduate Diploma programs who are not able to travel due to the ongoing global pandemic may submit a recorded audition and will receive equal consideration to those who audition in person. Due to the selective nature of the Harvard/NEC dual degree, Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma, applicants to those programs must present a live audition at NEC.

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 and NEC will provide a pianist for applicants auditioning live. For those unable to travel to NEC, performances with accompaniment tracks are also acceptable if in-person or low-latency collaboration with a pianist is not possible.

Live Audition Dates:

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Monday, February 21, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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.