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

High School Choral Invitational Concert

April 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM
For half a dozen select high school choirs, the invitational is a day of on-campus coaching with James Kim, director of choral activities at CSU, culminating in a combined choral festival concert given by the participating regional choirs.

All Choral Concert

April 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Enjoy selections performed by all four choirs at CSU – Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, and University Chorus. Over 200 voices join forces at the end for a culminating celebration!

Freshman Voice Studio Recital

April 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM
A recital featuring students from CSU’s voice studios, including the Freshman Voice Studio.

News

Lyric Tenor John Carlo Pierce Announced as CSU’s New Voice Professor

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In Fall 2016, American tenor John Carlo Pierce will join the music faculty at Colorado State University as an assistant professor of voice. In this role, he will team teach the Freshman Voice Studio, teach studio voice and Opera History, as well as continue performing both outside of the University and within the School of […]

CSU Vocal Students Excel at the Annual NATS Singing Competition

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On Saturday, April 9, Colorado State University vocal students participated in the 54th annual Colorado/Wyoming National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United […]

Singer of the Year: A Musical Success

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In the Feb. edition of The Green Room, there was a preview of the annual Singer of the Year Competition. As anticipated, this year’s event was filled with exceptionally talented musicians who demonstrated their love for music and passion for singing. The contest judges had the difficult decision of choosing winners for each award, including […]

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.