The College of Arts and Architecture

Voice Study

Voice study is available to non-major students in private lesson and class format by audition. These auditions are held each fall and spring semester during the first two days of classes. An audition sign-up sheet with important information is posted outside of 113, Music Building I at the end of the previous semester.

For the audition, singers should prepare one song in any style, preferably memorized, and bring the sheet music in the correct key to the audition. An accompanist to play the piano part will be provided. If the song is not written for voice and piano, the singer may audition accompanied by some other instrument or sing a cappella.

Private Lessons

Voice 100J is a one-credit undergraduate course that includes a weekly 30-minute lesson. All students are eligible for private voice study, but space is limited. Priority is given to students who need voice as a curricular requirement and to students who are in disciplines that have professional voice requirements (theatre, communication disorders, etc.). Lessons are typically with graduate teaching assistants.

There is no jury examination required, but students who wish to continue private study must re-audition every semester. The course carries a fee of $175. Study at the Voice 110J level may also be available depending on student status. This is a two-credit course that meets for one hour each week, carries a music fee of $250, and requires a jury examination.

Voice 500J and 510J are graduate courses that parallel V100J and V110J (please see above paragraph for further information), but however, auditions are handled separately. Interested students should contact the Coordinator of the Voice Area (Professor Trost, jlt29@psu.edu) for information regarding faculty availability. Individual faculty will conduct auditions.

For the audition, singers should prepare one song in any style, preferably memorized, and bring the sheet music in the correct key to the audition. An accompanist to play the piano part will be provided. If the song is not written for voice and piano, the singer may audition accompanied by some other instrument or sing a cappella. Students who wish to continue must re-audition every semester. Every effort will be made to place the student with the teacher of his or her choice, but studio space is a determinant.

Note: Continuing students must audition each semester. Every effort will be made to place the student with the teacher of choice.

Class Voice

Music 53 (Class Voice Practicum) is offered most semesters and is an opportunity to take private voice lessons with Voice Pedagogy students. In addition to the weekly lesson, there is also a weekly class meeting (Monday 12:20-1:10). Enrollment is dependent on the number of teachers available in the Voice Pedagogy curriculum. There is no applied fee.

Audition Results

The list of students accepted for non-major study in private lesson and class format will be posted outside of 113 Music Building I one day after the conclusion of auditions (third day of classes).