Audition Repertory for Voice

Prescreening Requirement: Voice applicants to all degree and diploma programs who wish to audition in Boston must first submit a prescreening video recording following the repertory guidelines below no later than December 2. The repertory guidelines for prescreening and for the live audition are the same. Physical recordings sent in the mail are not acceptable. If you plan to audition by recording only, please use our DecisionDesk portal to submit your final audition electronically.

Applicants to the Opera Institute should follow the Opera Institute audition requirements.

The School of Music provides a piano accompanist for voice auditions in Boston only. Applicants must bring a bound piano score (not single-page photo copies) to the audition. Applicants who choose a regional audition must bring an accompanist.


Applicants must prepare three songs from memory from the classical art song repertoire in at least two languages, including English. They may be chosen from the Italian, German, French, and English art song repertories. Songs with guitar accompaniment, popular songs, or show tunes are not acceptable for auditions.

The auditioning faculty is not concerned with the number of years of voice study; rather, they are interested in vocal quality, potential, and musical background including music theory, piano, or some other instrument.

MM & Performance Diploma

Applicants should prepare and perform from memory a total of six (6) selections as follows:

  • Four selections drawn from the standard classical repertory: Lieder, French and Italian art songs, oratorio, or contemporary vocal literature.
  • Two contrasting arias from the operatic repertory.

DMA & Artist Diploma

Applicants should prepare an audition program of recital length in four languages: English, Italian, German, and French. Two contrasting arias from opera and one aria from oratorio should be included.