The College of Arts and Architecture

Undergraduate Voice Jury Policy

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MINIMUM REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Musical Arts

Freshman Year:   5 selections in English* and Italian** each semester.

Sophomore:        6 selections in English*, Italian, German or French** each semester.

Junior Year:        7 selections in English*, Italian, German, and French** each semester.

Senior Year:       8 selections in English*, Italian, German, and French** each semester.

Bachelor of Music Education

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Freshman Year:   4 selections in English* and Italian** each semester.

Sophomore:        5 selections in English* and Italian** each semester.

Junior Year:        6 selections in English*, Italian, German or French** each semester.

Senior Year:       7 selections in English*, Italian, German, and French** each semester.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Sophomore Year: 5 selections, including at least 2 contrasting musical theatre selections and 2 classical selections in English and Italian**, each semester.

Junior Year:        6 selections, including at least 3 contrasting musical theatre selections and 2 classical selections in English and Italian**, each semester.

Senior Year:       7 selections, including at least 4 contrasting musical theatre selections and 2 classical selections in English and Italian**, each semester.

*   One musical theatre selection may be included at the discretion of the teacher.
** Other languages (Latin, Spanish, etc.) may be added or substituted at the discretion of the teacher.

V110 Repertoire Requirements

The V110 designation is extremely flexible because it fulfills several needs of the Voice Area.  Therefore, the repertoire requirements are dependent on class standing and major and are listed below:

1. Non-Voice Major, hour lesson with jury requirement (or alternative cumulative event) at the discretion of the studio teacher. The type of repertoire and number of selections will be assigned by the studio teacher. 

          2. Sophomore BFA major: 5 selections each semester

          3. Junior BFA major: 6 selections each semester

          4. Voice Major, ninth semester and above: 8 selections each semester



PROCEDURE FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE VOICE JURIES

1. Students studying voice for 2 or more credits and musical theatre majors are required by the voice faculty to take a jury each semester; however, students will not be required to take a jury the semester of their degree recital (i.e., Junior and Senior recitals in the performance track, Senior recital in the Music Education track – see Undergraduate Recitals / Degree Recital Hearings).

2. All selections are to be memorized unless approved in advance by the voice faculty for certain literature. Singers will begin with the selection of their choice. The faculty will choose another song or songs to be heard.

3. The faculty will ask in-depth questions about the literature studied during the semester. Students will be required to be conversant about the composers, poets and/or librettists, and to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of musical, stylistic, historical, and/or cultural aspects of the material.

4. With the applied music teacher’s permission, the voice jury may also serve three other purposes:

    A. To audition for admission to the BM or BMA program:

        To be admitted to the performance track (BM/BMA), students are required to present a Sophomore Showcase, demonstrating competency and emerging       ability in both vocal technique as well as performance. The showcase will typically take place on one of the final two Bach's Lunch performances of the 4th semester of study for the student being evaluated. Each student's showcase will be approximately 15 minutes in length and will feature the required repertoire for a 4th-semester jury (6 pieces, arias and art songs in English, Italian, and at least one other language). However, care should be taken that the repertoire is programmatically interesting as a performance even as it demonstrates required repertoire.  The showcase will be in lieu of a 4th-semester jury.

         In addition to the Sophomore Showcase, students will be required to submit a performance resumé, a statement of goals, and a cumulative repertoire list. These documents must be submitted to the applied teacher two weeks prior to the end of the semester in which the Sophomore Showcase is presented.

     B. To omit a voice course level:

         On rare occasions a student may use the jury to request permission to omit a voice course level. As a part of this process, the student will be expected to demonstrate significant vocal and musical growth. The student must also present memorized literature equivalent to that required for the level they wish to omit in addition to the literature memorized for the present semester.

     C. To be admitted to the voice jury track from Voice 100J or 110J:

         To audition for admission to the voice jury track from Voice 100J or 110J a student must present literature equivalent to at least that required in the freshman year of the major.

5. Juries may be deferred when necessary, and only in consultation with the applied teacher. Make-up juries will be heard during a voice faculty meeting early in the subsequent semester.

GRADING

A letter grade will be assigned by each faculty member. These grades will be averaged to determine the jury grade. The jury grade will influence the course grade in the following manner:

Freshman Year and Sophomore Year:

The applied teacher may assign a course grade not more than one full letter grade higher or lower than the averaged jury grade. (Example:  An averaged jury grade of "B" will result in a course grade no higher than "A" and no lower than "C".)

Junior Year:

The applied teacher may assign a course grade not more than two quality points higher or lower than the averaged jury grade. (Example:  An averaged jury grade of "B" will result in a course grade no higher than “A-” and no lower than "C+".)

Senior Year:

The applied teacher may assign a course grade not more than one quality point higher or lower than the averaged jury grade. (Example:  An averaged jury grade of "B" will result in a course grade no higher than "B+" and no lower than "B-".)



VOICE JURY FORM

Evaluator   ______________________________                              Date   ______________________

Appearance              1   2   3   4   5

Presentation            1   2   3   4   5

Tone                       1   2   3   4   5

Breathing                1   2   3   4   5

Posture                   1   2   3   4   5

Accuracy/                1   2   3   4   5
Memorization

Intonation               1   2   3   4   5

Diction                    1   2   3   4   5

Interpretation          1   2   3   4   5

Ensemble                1   2   3   4   5

Background             1   2   3   4   5
Preparation

Areas of greatest strength and/or improvement:

Areas which require more work:

Performance track audition recommendation:

Admit ____   Do not admit _____

Performance track mid-program review recommendation:

Admit (V330J) _____ Do not admit (V320J/other) _____

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