Voice Area


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

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


Nicole Asel

Assistant Professor of Music; Voice (Mezzo Soprano)



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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 […]

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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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Cody Garner


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Joe Dan Harper

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

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Michelle DeBruyn

Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University; website.

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Holly Bewlay

Soprano, SUNY; website.

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John Greer

Northern Arizona University; website.

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Linda DiFiore

UC Santa Barbara; website.



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Robert McIver

Eastman School of Music; website.

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George Shirley

Tenor of "Three Mo' Tenors"; website.

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Nicole Cabell

Soprano; website.

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Chuck Chandler

Florida State University; website.

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Matthew Hoch

Baritone; website.

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Ben Harris

Opera coach, accompanist; website.


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Michelle DeYoung

Soprano, opera singer; website.

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Jennifer Black

Soprano; website.

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Mischa Bouvier

Baritone; website.

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Maryann Kyle

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