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

Voice Events

Colorado Flute Association Fair

October 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Guest Artist Valerie Coleman from the Imani Winds Colorado State University is thrilled to host the 2018 Colorado Flute Association, a daylong event of concerts, lectures, workshops, masterclasses, and performances. Fans of the flute should join in for a day of full flute immersion! Classes, lectures, flute choirs, performances, and workshops are open to any [...]

OcTUBAfest

October 21, 2018 at 3:30 PM
Special Guest Chief Musician Anthony Halloin, U.S. Navy Band; Featuring the CSU Tuba Studio The CSU Tuba and Euphonium Studio, led by CSU faculty Stephen Dombrowski, presents OcTUBAfest 2018. Returning for its fifth year, this event features tuba and euphonium students with a special guest artist. The masterclass, guest solo recital, and student recital of solo and ensemble works are all free and open to public observation.

Guest Artist Concert: Anthony Halloin, Tuba

October 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM
The guest of the annual OcTUBAfest, Chief Musician Anthony Halloin, joined the Navy Band in 2004, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland in 2010. Halloin has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, and is a member of the Navy [...]

Tuba Studio Recital / FREE

October 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The CSU tuba studio gives this recital as part of the annual OcTUBAfest at CSU.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Michelle Stanley, Flute

October 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Two new commissions for flute and guitar written for Jeff and Michelle – Bryan Johannson's “Painted Music,” based on the paintings by Paul Kleé, and James McGuire's Suite – pair nicely with Herman Berlinski's flute sonata. “New music means many things – tonal and beautiful to raw and dark,” says Stanley. “These new pieces explore many facets of contemporary composers and each audience member is sure to find [one] that they love.”

Virtuoso Series Concert, Barbara Thiem, Cello

October 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Internationally acclaimed cellist, Barbara Thiem, who combines her teaching and coaching with her active schedule of performances in Europe and the U.S., has been performing with Theresa Bogard, music department chair at the University of Wyoming, for many years. For this concert, the performing duo presents a program of works by 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten.

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal [...]

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal [...]

CSU Trumpet Day

October 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Join us for a full day of clinics, trumpet ensembles, and recitals designed for trumpet players of all ages, especially those in high school and middle school.

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal [...]

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Griffin Concert Hall, UCA Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Claude Delangle, Saxophone

October 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Soloist, researcher, and pedagogue, Claude Delangle – one of the great contemporary saxophonists – stands out as the master of the French saxophone. Privileged interpreter for classic works, he enriches the repertoire and encourages creation by collaborating with renowned composers, as well as promoting young composers. “This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both our [...]

Masterclass: Claude Delangle, Saxophone / FREE

October 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM
CSU students perform for the great saxophonist and pedagogue, Claude Delangle from the Paris Conservatory for an enlightening masterclass featuring classics of French and contemporary repertoire. The masterclass is free and open to public observation.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Eric Hollenbeck, Percussion

November 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM
For this eclectic recital, CSU faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck is joined by faculty colleagues for an energetic show, including a premier of a new work for timpani by Percussion Professor Shilo Stroman.

Graduate String Quartet Recital / FREE

November 1, 2018 at 8:00 PM
The Graduate String Quartet presents music from the great repertoire for string quartet.

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Percussion Ensemble Concert

November 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM
This concert features the most challenging and difficult of modern small group percussion ensemble music! “Patrons will be amazed at what these students have accomplished,” says Percussion Professor Eric Hollenbeck.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Terry Leahy, Trombone

November 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
CSU faculty artist Terry Leahy’s recital features works composed for bass trumpet, tenor trombone, and bass trombone by American composer and Juilliard faculty member, Eric Ewazen, including a piece ‘borrowed’ from the trumpet repertoire to be performed on the rarest of brass instruments, bass trumpet.

Voice Area Recital / FREE

November 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
A recital of art songs and arias.

Classical Convergence Concert Series: ATOS Trio

November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced Classical Convergence season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. The ATOS Trio's warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize [...]

Jazz Combos Concert

November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The jazz combos present original compositions and arrangements in the spirit of the swinging innovators of America's art form. Join combos director Shilo Stroman and CSU student musicians for a night of dynamic group interplay and exciting and thoughtful creations!

Masterclass: ATOS Trio

November 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM
The ATOS Trio's warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize for trios in the U.S. Pianist Thomas Hoppe, violinist Annette von Hehn and cellist Stefan Heinemeyer have been conquering the world's major concert series together since 2003. Around the globe, the ATOS Trio is hailed by [...]

Brass Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Terry Leahy, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Outstanding student musicians from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, clarinet; Professor Andrew Jacobson, oboe; Dr. Gary Moody, bassoon; Dr. Michelle Stanley, flute; and Professor Peter Sommer, saxophone, perform classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.

Chamber Music Recital / FREE

November 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM
The concert features the School’s undergraduate string players performing a wide variety of chamber music as the culmination of the fall semester's work.

New Music Ensemble Concert / FREE

November 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM
What happens when CSU’s new music ensemble members combine their energy, talent, and vision? It Could Be Anything! Under the direction of Andrew Jacobson, the group showcases growth and change in music by focusing on trends in the global arts world.

Eva Amsler, Flute, and Shalev Ad-El, Harpsichord

November 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Following 20 years of orchestra playing and teaching in Switzerland and Austria, Eva Amsler is professor of flute at Florida State University and a pioneer of authentic interpretation of Baroque music on modern flute, as well as an advocate of new music. Ad-El frequents some of the world's most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music Recital

November 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The unique faculty program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, the piece that marks the beginning of Stravinsky’s neoclassical phase is conducted by Rebecca Phillips and performed by CSU wind and brass faculty and graduate students. Ron Francois, violin; Copper Ferreira, clarinet; and Eric Hollenbeck, marimba, perform Kevin Puts’ And Legions Will Rise, described by the composer as representing the “power in all of us to transcend during times of tragedy and personal crisis.” Jeff LaQuatra, guitar; Leslie Stewart, violin; Margaret Miller, viola; and Barbara Thiem, cello, perform a very pleasing selection of quartets by Niccolò Paganini and Stephen Goss. “The faculty chamber music concerts have become quite popular with both students and local audiences for providing music combinations not generally heard and introducing little known composers,” describes Barbara Thiem, recital coordinator.

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Members of the flute studio of Dr. Michelle Stanley perform a variety of pieces for the instrument.

Graduate String Trio / FREE

November 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Welcome the new graduate trio to the stage with this concert featuring the great string trio repertoire.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

November 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The jazz ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler, present tenor saxophonist Don Aliquo for a concert that brings a thoroughly modern concept to traditional jazz. “Don’s playing is firmly rooted in the tradition, but is as fresh as it gets,” states Swindler. With playing that is accessible to all, and still enjoyable to the most seasoned jazz enthusiast, this is an evening of hard-swinging rhythms and inventive melodies!

Bassoonarama

November 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
BassoonaRAMa brings together bassoonists ranging in ages 12 to 72, from across Colo., with guest artist, Dr. Kristin Wolfe Jensen. Join us for a master class, presentations on the bassoon, and a closing recital with guest artists. Registration required.

Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

November 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2018 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver (Friday, Nov. 30). Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

December 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM
CSU’s nationally renowned annual Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain region. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band in the beautiful, state-of-the art Griffin Concert Hall.

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

December 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The Concert Orchestra is open to all string students who wish to continue participating in music during their time at CSU. The ensemble is known for exciting and collaborative performances with guest faculty and students from across the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Symphonic Band Concert: Metamorphosis

December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Each work presented on the Metamorphosis concert explores the composer’s creative ability to transform existing musical material into new works of art. The concert includes compositions by Edwin E. Bagley, John Barnes Chance, Ira Hearshen, David Gillingham, and David Lovrien, and also features the 1957 American Band Association Ostwald Award winning composition, Symphonic Suite, by Clifton Williams. Please join us for an exciting evening of upcycled music for wind band.

CSU High School Honor Band

December 7, 2018 - December 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM
CSU’s nationally renowned Honor Band Festival is an annual event, bringing together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain region, selected from hundreds of applicants from throughout the western United States. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band. Audition required.

Wind Symphony Concert - Foundations: A Celebration of Liberal Arts

December 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The 2018-2019 Wind Symphony season explores civilization and how humans develop a creative, moral, spiritual, and intellectual understanding of the world. Colorado State University is committed to the humanities, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, continues the season by highlighting famous works that showcase text and cadence, essential to both musical compositions and literature. We hope you will join us as we continue to celebrate the Liberal Arts at the UCA!

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

December 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM
The semester’s culminating recital by our freshman vocalists

R.O.C.K.E. Kodály Workshop

March 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Guest Clinician: Dr. Liza Meyer Kodály Meets Orff - Applying the Best of Both Worlds for Learning and Creating Register at https://www.coloradokodaly.org/workshops.html

Dare to Dabble with Dalcroze Eurhythmics

April 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Saturday April 13, 2019 (IRH)

News

Singer of the Year participants pose for a photo on the UCA stairs

Singer of the Year Acknowledges, Awards Talented Student Vocalists

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By Nicole Towne, SMTD Publicity Intern There is strong sense of warmth and ease as winners from the annual Singer of the Year Competition gather in a small office at the University Center for the Arts. Each of these women is being recognized and rewarded for her hard work, but they also each get to […]

The A Capella group Mountain Horns on the stage in the Organ Recital Hall

A Night of Blended Genres and Vocal Talent

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By Brody Hornaday, SMTD Publicity Intern The Colorado State University Chorus, Mainstreet Acapella and Mountain Horns A Cappella groups are preparing for a night of beautiful performances that are sure to resonate throughout the audience. Performance pieces include works by J.S Bach, Daniel Elder, Jake Runestad, Nathan Howe, Samuel Barber, Kevin Padworski, and many more. […]

A poster for the Spring 2018 production of The Magic Flute

A magical night at the opera

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By Emily Kaiser, SMTD Publicity InternDie Zauberflöte, German for “The Magic Flute,” is a classic opera making its way to the Griffin Concert Hall stage during the first week of April. The CSU Ralph Opera Program is delighted to perform this fan-favorite by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The premiere of Die Zauberflöte took place in Germany in […]

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.