Voice Area

Overview

All voice majors study with Colorado State University faculty. B.A., B.M., B.M.E., and Music Therapy voice majors at the sophomore through graduate level study individually with a full faculty of professors of voice. Freshmen study with all three faculty in the innovative Freshman Voice Studio. Voice students also attend a weekly studio voice class. An audition for the voice faculty is required for acceptance into the Music Major with Vocal emphasis degree program, and for acceptance into applied voice lessons. All applied voice students are required to perform a voice jury for the entire voice faculty at the end of each semester. Students also perform on combined voice area recitals and departmental recitals.

 

Study With

Tiffany Blake

Coordinator of Voice
Associate Professor of Voice
Director of Ralph Opera Program, Soprano

Tiffany.Blake_Oliver@colostate.edu

John Seesholtz

Assistant Professor of Voice
Baritone, Vocal Pedagogy, Opera History

John.Seesholtz@colostate.edu

John Carlo Pierce

Assistant Professor of Voice
Lyric Tenor, Freshman Voice Studio, Opera History

John.Pierce@colostate.edu

Chris Reed

Special Assistant Professor of Voice

Christopher.Reed@colostate.edu

Voice Events

News

A Big Night of Music

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Brought to you by the Ralph Opera Program, The School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents: A Little Night Music By Brooke Poulson, SMTD Publicity Intern A Little Night Music will be a lot more than just a little night of music when it debuts in Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the […]

2017 Singer of the Year Follow-up

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By McKenna Shuler, SMTD Publicity Intern The finalists in the 2017 Singer of the Year competition, held on Feb. 25 in the Organ Recital Hall, really delivered on the promise of being some of the university’s best vocalists. Andrew Wallace (junior), Anyaleen Bradley (senior), Emma Genell (junior), Emily Gehman (sophomore), and Arika Drake (junior) each […]

2017 Singer of the Year Preview

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By McKenna Shuler, UCA Publicity Intern Everyone loves a bit of friendly competition. And what better motivator to rise above the rest than passion for what you do? On Feb. 25, Colorado State University’s most talented undergraduate vocalists come together to compete to win the coveted title of “Singer of the Year” in the University’s […]

Undergraduate Voice Audition Information

Audition Information and Suggested Repertoire

I. Prospective first-year voice majors in Vocal Performance, Music Education,  Music Therapy and Bachelor of Arts will demonstrate vocal technique as well as musical skills:

  • Perform two prepared vocal solosfrom memory. (See repertoire suggestions below.) A piano accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the key you are singing.
  • Demonstrate musical skillsthrough a brief music-reading exam (note names, key signature, time signatures, etc.), melodic sight-reading, rhythmic sight-reading, aural recall (tonal memory), and minimal piano proficiency (playing a single line vocal melody on the piano).

 

II. Audition Repertoire: solos are comparable to songs that would be prepared and memorized for high school All-State Choir auditions and solo/ensemble competitions. Prepare two contrasting selections:

  • One art song or aria* in Italian or English
  • A second art song or aria in English, Italian, German, French, or Spanish (one musical theater, spiritual, or folk song selection may be substituted for either song).

*Opera arias from the 19th century (Puccini, Verdi etc.) are discouraged for freshman singers. Opera or oratorio arias from the 17th and 18th century are appropriate (Handel, Caldara, Scarlatti, etc.).

III. Suggested Repertoire – selections from:

  • The First Book of Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone) Solos
  • The Second Book of Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone) Solos
  • 26 Italian Songs and Arias, (Medium High or Medium Low)
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers, (Medium High or Medium Low) – (published by Alfred)

 

IV. Audition Dress – Professional dress is recommended: skirts/dresses/dressy slacks for women; dress slacks/dress shirt for men. Please, no jeans, T-shirts, or sneakers.

V. Transfer Student Auditions

  • Perform two prepared vocal solos or arias from memory, appropriate to your training and experience. A piano accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the key you are singing. Bring a performance resume and/or repertoire list if you have one.
  • Demonstrate musical skills as requested.

VI. Voice students seeking the Music Education or Music Therapy degree path will also have an interview with faculty from those areas.

VII. The audition day experience concludes with a written one page music theory diagnostic exam (for music theory placement if you attend CSU).

Graduate Voice Audition Information

If invited for a live audition, prospective students must prepare the following:

  • Opera Aria
  • Oratorio Aria
  • German Lied
  • French Melodie
  • English Art Song

Guest Artists

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2012-2013

The front of the University Center for the Arts. June 10, 2008

Cody Garner

Baritone

Joe Dan Harper

Joe Dan Harper

Tenor, State University of New York at Fredonia; website.

Michelle Debruyn

Michelle DeBruyn

Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University; website.

Holly Bewlay

Holly Bewlay

Soprano, SUNY; website.

John Greer

John Greer

Northern Arizona University; website.

Linda Di Fiore

Linda DiFiore

UC Santa Barbara; website.

2013-2014

2014-2015

Robert McIver

Robert McIver

Eastman School of Music; website.

George Shirley

George Shirley

Tenor of "Three Mo' Tenors"; website.

Nicole Cambell

Nicole Cabell

Soprano; website.

Chuck Chandler

Chuck Chandler

Florida State University; website.

Matthew Hoch, Baritone

Matthew Hoch

Baritone; website.

Ben Harris Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)

Ben Harris

Opera coach, accompanist; website.

2015-2016

Michelle DeYoung

Michelle DeYoung

Soprano, opera singer; website.

Jennifer Black, Soprano

Jennifer Black

Soprano; website.

Mischa Bouvier, Baritone

Mischa Bouvier

Baritone; website.

Maryann Kyle

Maryann Kyle

Teacher, coach, and performer (opera, recitals, concerts and Broadway); website.