Voice Audition Repertoire

Due to the present Covid surge, NEC has made the decision to move final auditions to an all-recorded format for most majors and programs. We hope this adjustment will help all applicants and their families remain healthy and avoid travel delays. 

Final recorded auditions will be due on February 14, 2022.

  • Please read the recording guidelines carefully.

  • Piano accompaniment is encouraged: we do however recognize the possible challenges in rehearsing with a pianist due to the global pandemic; please use your best judgement and contact us with any concerns.

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

Bachelor of Music and Tufts/NEC five-year dual degree Final Auditions:

Please record the following repertoire:

  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 (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.)

Please record a personal video introduction, which includes the following information:

  1. Name and hometown
  2. Current voice teacher and school you are attending (if applicable)
  3. Please list any other instruments you have studied and for how long
  4. Please list any languages you have studied and for how long as well any languages you speak fluently other than English
  5. Please share anything else that you would like the faculty to know about you!

Notes:

  • Applicants should upload their recordings in their preferred order. 
  • Applicants may elect to resubmit their pre-screening recordings for consideration as their final audition provided that they meet the above requirements. 
  • 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 five-year dual degree and BM Transfer Applicants, Final Auditions:

Please record the following repertoire:

  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 (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.)

Please record a personal video introduction, which includes the following information:

  1. Name and hometown
  2. Current voice teacher and school you are attending (if applicable)
  3. Please list any other instruments you have studied and for how long
  4. Please list any languages you have studied and for how long as well any languages you speak fluently other than English
  5. Please share anything else that you would like the faculty to know about you!

Notes:

  • Applicants should upload their recordings in their preferred order. 
  • Applicants may elect to resubmit their pre-screening recordings for consideration as their final audition provided that they meet the above requirements. 
  • 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 Final Auditions:

Please record the following repertoire:

  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. 

Please record a personal video introduction, which includes the following information:

  1. Name and hometown
  2. Current voice teacher and school you are attending (if applicable)
  3. Please list any other instruments you have studied and for how long
  4. Please list any languages you have studied and for how long as well any languages you speak fluently other than English
  5. Please share anything else that you would like the faculty to know about you!
  6. Pedagogy applicants only: Please tell us why you are interested in studying voice pedagogy at NEC.

Notes:

  • Applicants should upload their recordings in their preferred order. 
  • Applicants may elect to resubmit their pre-screening recordings for consideration as their final audition provided that they meet the above requirements. 
  • 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 Applicants:
In addition to the above requirements, Vocal pedagogy applicants may be asked to have a Zoom interview with the faculty.

 

Doctor of Musical Arts Final Auditions:

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. 

Please record a personal video introduction, which includes the following information:

  1. Name and hometown
  2. Current voice teacher and school you are attending (if applicable)
  3. Please list any other instruments you have studied and for how long
  4. Please list any languages you have studied and for how long as well any languages you speak fluently other than English
  5. Please share anything else that you would like the faculty to know about you!
  6. Pedagogy applicants only: Please tell us why you are interested in studying voice pedagogy at NEC.

Notes:

  • Applicants should upload their recordings in their preferred order. 
  • Applicants may elect to resubmit their pre-screening recordings for consideration as their final audition provided that they meet the above requirements. 
  • 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 Applicants:
In addition to the above requirements, Vocal pedagogy applicants may be asked to have a Zoom interview with the faculty.