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Requirements for the Undergraduate Voice Area Audition:

For New Voice Students
All students who want to major or minor in a degree program with Voice as the major instrument must audition for the voice faculty in order to be accepted to their degree program. This gives us an opportunity to hear the level you have achieved in your musical skills and it gives you the opportunity to discuss your development with collegiate instructors.

Audition Dates:
The voice faculty would recommend auditioning on campus if at all possible. Coming to campus on an audition day gives you a chance to sit in on rehearsals and classes and develop a feel for what the building, faculty and students are like. You'll be much better prepared to make the important decision about your college choice if you have visited us and experienced what we do!

If you can't make it to Ellensburg for an on-campus audition, we will be hearing auditions in the Seattle area. Several faculty members will be there and we will be happy to hear you and talk to you about Central's voice program.

Audition Registration:
Before you can audition you must register for an audition time. Please use the online audition form found on our Audition Information Page. You should also consider submitting recommendation forms, also found on that page.

If you absolutely can't make it to either of those auditions, your third option would be to audition with a CD recording or a video recording. We will accept your taped audition, however, it is our experience that a live audition will represent you and your talent better. Contact Dr. Blaisdell for more information regarding taped auditions.

First preference for admittance to the program and scholarship awards will be given to students who audition in January.

If you are auditioning after February 1, please contact Dr. Blaisdell regarding audition arrangements.

For your audition we recommend the following:

  • Select music that best displays your performance level.
  • We strongly recommend you prepare your audition material under the supervision of your private teacher and/or music director

If you have any questions about audition repertoire, please email Dr. Gayla Blaisdell or phone 509-963-1316.

Requirements for the Voice Area Audition:
All students interested in pursuing voice as their primary instrument in performance or music education should prepare:

  • Two songs or arias (one in a world language if possible).
  • Students may also be asked to demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, piano competency or aural recognition. Students are not required to show mastery of these skills, but the faculty will consider the overall level of musicianship for each student along with vocal potential and previous training in a holistic approach for admission to the degree programs.

An accompanist will be available at the auditions. Please bring legible music (in the correct key) with you. 

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time to fill out some additional information for the faculty.

Large Ensemble Audition Requirements
For New and Returning Voice Students

University Chorale and Men's Chorale do not require auditions. Visit the Choral Pages concerning audition information for the other vocal ensembles or contact Dr. Gary Weidenaar.

Thank you for considering Central Washington University!

Graduate Student Vocal Audition information:

Central has a long history of excellence in vocal music.  At the graduate level we offer a MMUS degree in Vocal performance and also Vocal Pedagogy. 

Audition Dates: 

  • Auditions will be held in January  at Central Washington University and in the Seattle area.  Contact Dr. Blaisdell if you are unable to make the advertised CWU audition dates.
  • Recorded auditions (CD or DVD formats welcome) may be submitted if you are not able to travel to CWU for the audition. 

MM in Vocal Performance Audition Requirements:

  • Five songs –
    • including at least one operatic aria
    • in at least three different languages, one of which may be English
    • Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English

If your degree choice is MM - Pedagogy you  also need to submit a written paper on a music subject to verify writing ability. 

Expectations upon admission for all MM vocal students:

  • You should have performed at least one half of a full baccalaureate recital as an undergraduate.
  • You must have taken at least one college year of German or French.  If not, you would be expected to take one or the other of those languages here.
  • Music Theory and Music History diagnostic exams will be given at the beginning of the first quarter of graduate study.

The requirements for the degree are listed on the website.  Information on the background of the professors in the Voice Area is also available online along with descriptions of the ensembles and voice curriculum. 

If you are interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship you can find information at the following link,  Music : Graduate Studies.

Should you have other questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Blaisdell.


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