Voice Area

Voice Area Update for Fall 2020

UPDATED 08.11.20: COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, and symptoms are not always obvious. Please follow all CDC, Local Government, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and CSU guidelines regarding hand-washing, wearing an appropriate face-mask, and physical-distancing of at least 6 ft.

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who received a COVID-19 diagnosis, it is important to make your instructors aware so that appropriate health measures and accommodations can be made, if necessary.

  • All students are required to submit the Daily Symptom Checker found HERE.
  • Additional guidelines and updated information can be found HERE.
  • SMTD-specific protocols can be found HERE.

Voice-area expectations during COVID-19

Group singing has been directly linked to outbreaks of severe illness due to droplet and likely aerosol transmission. CSU and the School of Music, Theater, and Dance are doing everything possible to reduce this risk for students and faculty while they are on campus. However, off-campus singing activities (i.e. community theater/choirs, places of worship, etc.) are beyond our purview.

If students elect to participate in singing/gathering activities where distancing and mask precautions are not in place, it is important to make your instructors aware so that appropriate health measures and accommodations can be made, if necessary.

You are strongly discouraged from engaging in group (more than one) singing activities at this time as such activity may pose a risk to your classmates, faculty, and staff.

COVID-19 effects individuals differently, but respiratory involvement is a primary symptom the majority of the time. The long-term effects on the respiratory system are unknown, but an initial cycle of infection and recovery can potentially take weeks to months. As the respiratory system is the foundation from which singing is built, we strongly urge students to take the precautions above in order to avoid illness that could adversely affect their studies and the studies of colleagues for an indeterminate amount of time.

COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on society as a whole—and the arts in particular—has been incredibly difficult to go through. We know that students are being asked to work through conditions that they never expected; however, we are also very aware of how strong and capable you all are of rising to meet the challenges ahead.

We are incredibly proud of the work you all have done, and the work that is to come. The voice faculty at CSU have no doubt that we will keep one another healthy and supported as we move forward.



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

Associate Professor of Music; Voice (Soprano); Coordinator of Voice; Director of Ralph Opera Program


John Carlo Pierce

Associate Professor of Music; Voice (Lyric Tenor), Opera History; Coordinator of Freshman Voice Studio


Nicole Asel

Assistant Professor of Music; Voice (Mezzo Soprano)



November 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Due to current SMTD COVID-19 policies for voice events,THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A recital of art songs and arias. While there are no in-person events this fall, students, family, friends, and arts patrons can access live-streamed and/or on-demand performances created by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. On-demand content will be hosted on our [...]


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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 Policies


All information and health protocols provided are based on information and CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines available at the time of posting. This website will be updated frequently to account for changes in CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines and protocols.  Read the complete list of School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 policies […]

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British one-act operas bring varied emotions to the University Center for the Arts in April


We caught up with the director of CSU’s Ralph Opera Program, Tiffany Blake, to find out more about the upcoming presentation of two highly contrasting one-act operas by British composers, The Wandering Scholar by Gustav Holst and Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The composers were dear friends and both operas premiered in the 1930s. […]

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Spring 2019 Class Notes


Marissa Rudd (B.M., ’16) made her symphonic debut at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, Colorado where she was the featured vocalist with the Colorado Symphony for their annual Comic Con concert.


Undergraduate Voice Audition Information

Audition Information and Suggested Repertoire (all music majors and the minor)

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 solos from memory (see repertoire suggestions below). A piano accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the key you are singing.
  • Demonstrate musical skills through 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

Graduate Voice Prescreening Requirement

When applying to the graduate school, please upload a video of your pre-screening selections through the digital portfolio attached to the application. The video upload should include performances of two selections from the following:

  • An oratorio aria or 17th-18th Century piece
  • An operatic aria
  • One German art song
  • One French art song
  • One American/British/Canadian art song in English
If invited for live audition, prospective students must prepare five selections to be performed from memory. Repertoire should include:
  • An oratorio aria or 17th-18th Century piece
  • An operatic aria
  • One German art song
  • One French art song
  • One American/British/Canadian art song in English

Please provide a typed program listing your selections.

Guest Artists

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Jennifer Black, Soprano

Mischa Bouvier Promotional Photo

Maryanne Kyle promotional photo

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


Matthew Hoch promotional photo

Matthew Hoch, Baritone

Matthew Hoch
Baritone; website.

Ben Harris promotional photo

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

Ben Harris
Opera coach, accompanist; website.

Michelle DeYoung promotional photoMichelle DeYoung
Soprano, opera singer; website.


George Shirley promotional photoGeorge Shirley
Tenor of "Three Mo' Tenors"; website.

Nicole Cambell promotional photoNicole Cabell
Soprano; website.

Chuck Chandler promotional photoChuck Chandler
Florida State University; website.


John Greer promotional photoJohn Greer
Northern Arizona University; website.

Linda Di Fiore promotional photoLinda DiFiore
UC Santa Barbara; website.

Robert McIver promotional photoRobert McIver
Eastman School of Music; website.


Michelle Debruyn promotional photoMichelle DeBruyn
Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University; website.

Holly Bewlay promotional photoHolly Bewlay
Soprano, SUNY; website.


Joe Dan Harper promotional photoJoe Dan Harper, Tenor, State University of New York at Fredonia; website.


Cody Garner, Baritone

Guest Artist and Poster Gallery