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

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

Tiffany.Blake_Oliver@colostate.edu

John Carlo Pierce

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

John.Pierce@colostate.edu

Nicole Asel

Assistant Professor of Music; Voice (Mezzo Soprano)

nicole.asel@colostate.edu

Voice Events

Guest Artist Concert: Zachary Wilson, Baritone, and Rinnat Moriah, Soprano / FREE

September 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM
With Chris Crans, Piano This recital features two young opera singers with big careers and represents the styles and tessituras demanded by opera singers — ultimately bringing them success in Europe — including Baroque, Modern, extended vocal techniques, and compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and Giuseppe Verdi. In addition to singing at the [...]

Guest Artist Concert: A Musical Exploration of La Belle Époque, Joshua May, Lyric Tenor / FREE

September 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM
This recital takes listeners on a journey through the heart of Parisian life through the poetry and music of late 19th century France with well-known favorites and a few unknown gems by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Nadia Boulanger, Jacques Offenbach, and Erik Satie. Joshua May is an active performer of opera, [...]

Voice Area Recital / FREE

October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM
A recital of art songs and arias.

News

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

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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

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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.

Holiday Spectacular

Start the holiday season at the University Center for the Arts

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—By Herman Chavez, UCA Publicity Intern Kick off the holiday season this week at the University Center for the Arts with the annual Holiday Spectacular and Parade of Lights Preview. The Holiday Spectacular returns on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall. The cost of […]

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

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

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.