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    CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

    BOB COLE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

VOICE AUDITIONS - REPERTOIRE JURIES

AUDITIONS

    An audition is required for admittance to all degree programs in the Bob Cole Conservatory.

    Department admission auditions take place in February, March, and November. If there are

    circumstances that prevent your attendance at the Conservatory’s auditions, you may contact the

    Dr. Jonathan Talberg at jtalberg@csulb.edu to request an individual appointment. A pre-

    screening video is required to schedule an individual appointment. A video file should

    accompany your request.

    *The Choral/Vocal/Opera area of the Bob Cole Conservatory does not accept video or audio

    auditions in lieu of a live one.

     AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

    Freshman/ - Two selections of contrasting style should be prepared. One selection in

    Transfer a foreign language is suggested but not required. One piece may come from the

    American Musical theatre repertoire. An accompanist is provided; you must

    supply sheet music in the proper key. Lead sheets are not acceptable.

     Graduate - A minimum of five selections including an operatic or oratorio aria, a German

     lied, French melodie, Italian song or aria and an English art song.

    All auditioning students will be expected to read music at a level appropriate to their current level of education. Freshman applicants should be able to read diatonic music. Transfer students are expected to read at a level that would allow participation in opera, advanced choral ensembles, etc. Graduate students should demonstrate musical fluency.

UNIVERSITY REPERTOIRE

    Once admitted to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, the following expectations apply for the student to receive individual, state-paid voice lessons:

Freshman Year (First and second semester of study)

     First semester - six songs in English and Italian

     Second semester - six songs representing two languages (Italian and English are

     recommended)

     Suggested Repertoire:

     Italian - Peri, Caccini, Certi, Cavelli, Carissimi, etc. (16th - 18th Century Repertoire)

     English - Britten Folk Song Arrangements, Copland, Quilter, Barber, Walton, Vaughan

     Williams, Rorem, Duke, Ives, Carpenter, Gershwin, Hoiby, Foster, Sullivan,

     Miles, Dowland, Byrd, etc. May include one appropriate selection of

     American musical theater. Russian or Slavic songs may be sung with English

     translation.

     Performance Majors: add one appropriate oratorio each semester

     Suggested - Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Mendelssohn, etc.- all

     repertoire to be memorized

     Non-Performance Majors: - (B.M. choral/vocal, B.A. students) two-thirds of required

     repertoire to be memorized (i.e. of the six pieces to be prepared, four

     must be memorized).

Sophomore Year (Third and fourth semester of study)

     Third semester - eight pieces representing three languages

     Fourth semester - eight pieces representing three languages

     - Italian and English are required

     - French OR German is required

Suggested Repertoire:

    Italian - Handel, A. Scarlatti, Pergolesi, Monteverdi, Rossini, Mozart, Gluck songs and

     arias

     English - same as for freshman year; oratorio aria, an appropriate Gilbert and

     Sullivan selection, one appropriate selection from American music theater

     German - Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, etc.

     French - Lully, Couperin, Faure, Debussy, Gounod, Rameau, etc.

     Performance Majors: Third semester: add one appropriate aria

     Fourth semester: add one opera or oratorio aria appropriate for an audition

     for performance major at the junior level - all repertoire to

     be memorized

     Non-Performance Majors: eight pieces to be prepared, six from memory

Junior Year (Fifth and Sixth semester of study)

     Fifth semester - eight pieces representing three languages, including the language NOT

     represented in the sophomore year

     Sixth semester - eight pieces representing four languages

    Suggested Repertoire:

     Italian - Respighi, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Monteverdi, a Baroque aria

     English - Copland, Diamond, Hanson, Barber, Britten, Walton, Rorem, Argento, Ives,

     Herbert, Hoiby, Duke, DelloJoio, Lekberg, Persichetti, Floyd, Dowland,

     Schumann, Byrd, Purcell, Handel, etc.

     German - Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler,

     Wolf, Strauss, etc.

     French - Bizet, Franck, Debussy, Ravel, Charpentier, Satie, Poulenc, Duparc, Chausson,

     etc.

     Performance Majors: add one appropriate concert, oratorio, or opera aria for each semester

     - all repertoire to be memorized

     Non-performance Majors: eight pieces prepared, six from memory.

Junior Recital

    - The minimum length of the recital is 45 minutes of actual playing time. The total length of the

    event must not exceed one hour and fifteen minutes. All selections are to be memorized, except

    oratorio arias, where deemed appropriate by the studio instructor.

    Students who wish to be granted exception from these limits must receive permission from their

    applied instructor. The instructor must also inform the applied coordinator and recital jury

    committee in writing of this request. The recital jury committee will judge the motive and

    musical value of the request and will rule accordingly. The written exception memo will be

    attached to the recital request form and become a part of the student’s permanent record.

     - Songs must be sung in the original language; Russian and Slavic songs may be sung in

     English translation

     - The students may elect to include an oratorio or operatic aria when appropriate

     - Every effort should be made to present a balanced, well-planned program. Translations of

     the texts are to be provided for the audience. Programming groups of songs by style or by the

     same composer can provide flow to your performance and is strongly encouraged.

Senior Year (Seventh and eighth semester of study)

     Seventh semester - eight pieces representing four languages; should include operatic or

     oratorio arias

     Eighth semester - eight pieces presenting four languages; should include operatic or oratorio

     arias

Suggested Repertoire:

     Italian - 18th, 19th and 20th century operatic arias, songs by Respighi, Mascagni,

     Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, etc.

     English - as in junior year

     German - Lieder, Mozart, Berg, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, R.

     Strauss, Hindemith, Schoenberg, etc.

     French - Chausson, Faure, Debussy, Duparc, Boulanger, Ravel, Poulenc, Satie,

     Honneger, Milhaud, Messiaen, etc.

     - Consideration should be given to a chamber piece in any of the above areas

     - Except for Russian and Slavic repertoire, songs should be sung in the original

     language

Senior Recital

    - The minimum length of the recital is 45 minutes of actual playing time. The total length of the

    event must not exceed one hour and fifteen minutes. All selections are to be memorized, except

    oratorio arias, where deemed appropriate by the studio instructor.

     - A minimum of three languages should be represented

     - Students should show a solid grasp of style with each language

     - Programming of solo cantatas, concert arias, complete song cycles is encouraged

     Performance Majors: - Should perform 50 minutes of music

     - Should represent four languages

Graduate

     - Ten pieces to be studied each semester

     - Four major languages to be used each semester (Italian, English, French, German)

     - Works studied should show a significant understanding of more advanced repertoire in each

     of these languages

     - The inclusion of unusual repertoire is encouraged

     - A thirty-page mini-thesis is required.

M.M. Voice Recital

     - The four languages are required

     - 75 minutes of music

     - Should contain at least one major cycle - Special cycle projects would fulfill the Recital

     requirements, e.g. Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin, Winterreise, Hindemith’s

     MarianLeben, etc.

JURY REQUIREMENTS (for all students)

    Jury examination is waived during the semester a recital is given. The jury in the semester

    immediately preceding the recital will serve as the recital audition. At least half of the repertoire

    memorized. Typed copies of the recital program with appropriate program information should be

    presented at the audition. If the student is auditioning for a Junior Recital or a Senior Recital, an

    additional form must be filled out and signed by the student’s private instructor. This form is

    available in the Music Office.

     The jury will hear two or three selections at the undergraduate level and three to five selections at

     the graduate level. The first selection is the choice of the student, the jury will then choose from

     the remaining prepared repertoire. Required repertoire is to be memorized.

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