Vocal Studies Auditions

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Vocal Studies Auditions

Travelling to Audition

We encourage you to attend a live audition if it is safe to do so. Please refer to the latest Covid-19 travel guidelines from the UK government if you intend to travel from overseas.

If you wish to submit a recorded audition, please note the following:

  • Please ensure that you select ‘RECORDED’ in the audition venue field of the application form.
  • Instructions about how to upload your video will be sent to you after the application closing date.
  • The deadline for all uploaded audition videos is Friday 28 October 2022.

Submitting a recorded audition will not impact on the result of your application. However, attending in person means that you will gain the full benefit of a visit to the school.

Vocal Pathways

Vocal candidates may choose to apply for:

  • Vocal Studies (undergraduate and postgraduate singers, including opera and other vocal music); or
  • Opera Studies (advanced postgraduate singers specialising in opera); or
  • Joint application to be considered by both the Opera and Vocal Studies departments

If you make a joint application, panellists will assess which course - vocal or opera - would be most appropriate and successful candidates will be offered a place in either Vocal Studies or Opera Studies.

Find out more about the Vocal Studies and Opera Studies courses. If you wish to apply only for Opera Studies, please go to the opera webpage for audition requirements.

Live Auditions – Vocal Studies

Applicants will receive confirmation of their audition date and arrival time. Candidates should be available for 2 hours and 30 minutes from the point of arrival. This timeframe includes a short rehearsal with the staff pianist, your performance itself, call back for interview if required, and waiting time.

Recorded Auditions – Vocal Studies

Please upload a pre-recorded video following the live audition requirements above. Instructions about how to upload your video will be sent to you after the application closing date. The deadline for all uploaded audition videos is Friday 28 October 2022.

Successful candidates will be invited to an online interview (e.g. via Zoom) at a later date. A piece of unaccompanied sight-singing may be given at this interview if required. Ahead of the interview, you will also be asked to submit a printed list of the repertoire you have studied in the past five years, for the panel’s information.

Live Auditions – Joint Opera/Vocal Studies Applications

Recorded Auditions – Joint Vocal/Opera Applications

Please upload a pre-recorded video audition that includes all the items required for rounds 1 and 2, as listed above under ‘live auditions’. You are strongly encouraged to record with live accompaniment.  Singing with a pre-recorded accompaniment or unaccompanied will be accepted only if restrictions make live accompaniment impossible.

Successful vocal candidates will be invited to an online interview (e.g. via Zoom) at a later date. During the interview, a piece of unaccompanied sight-singing may be given and the panel may also request to hear a short poem or piece of prose. If required, candidates may be asked to upload an additional aria or art song by video submission at the panel’s discretion. Ahead of the interview, you will also be asked to submit a printed list of the repertoire you have studied in the past five years, for the panel’s information.

If you progress to second round opera, there will be an online workshop (via Zoom). This is scheduled to take place on 13/14 December.