A prescreen audition is required for the Vocal Performance Department.  Please find the requirements here.

Voice – Final Audition Repertoire

Applicants invited to audition in San Francisco may bring their own accompanists or use one provided by the Conservatory for the $30 fee processed when the application is submitted. (Those not invited will be refunded the accompanist fee)

Undergraduate:

  1. An Italian aria or song such as those found in the Anthology of Italian Song of the 17th and 18th Centuries
  2. One song in English (not a translation)
  3. A piece chosen by the applicant
  4. A reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. This reading does not need to be memorized.
  5. A short theory assessment.

Additionally, at the faculty's discretion, applicants may be asked to sight read a very short musical passage.  A brief written theory test will be administered on the day of audition.

Transfer Applicants

Applicants wishing to transfer at an academic level higher than freshman should prepare audition repertoire chosen from the required repertoire of the level they are completing at their current school. Please refer to the jury requirements for that level, as outlined in the Collegiate Catalog.

Graduate:

  1. Two opera arias in contrasting styles
  2. Three art songs in contrasting styles in three different languages, one of which must be English. The arias and songs must include pieces in German, French and Italian.
  3. A piece chosen by the applicant
  4. A reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. This reading does not need to be memorized.
  5. A short theory assessment.

Additionally, at the faculty's discretion, applicants may be asked to sight read a very short musical passage.  A brief written theory test will be administered on the day of audition.

Postgraduate:

  1. Three opera arias in contrasting styles
  2. Three art songs in contrasting styles in three different languages, one of which must be English. The arias and songs must include pieces in German, French and Italian.
  3. A piece chosen by the applicant
  4. A reading of a short poem in English chosen by the applicant. This reading does not need to be memorized.
  5. A short theory assessment.

Additionally, at the faculty's discretion, applicants may be asked to sight read a very short musical passage.  A brief written theory test will be administered on the day of audition.

Voice

The Voice Department consists of approximately 95 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, eight private voice teachers, ten individually assigned coach-accompanists and specialists in diction, pedagogy and physiology. Because the Conservatory is situated within walking distance to the San Francisco Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall, students enjoy impromptu visits from many internationally acclaimed artists, who offer invaluable information about performing and starting a career. 

In 2014-15, the Opera Theatre Department , as lead by our interim director Curt Pajer, produced two fully staged productions, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, and Britten's Albert Herring. Performed in the Conservatory's venerable Concert Hall, these productions enjoy all the richness of fully developed sets, full orchestral accompaniment, theatrical lighting, and A/V production and recording techniques. 
 
In addition to these full productions, Conservatory performers also produced a fully staged version of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti with piano accompaniment, as well as four multi-night showcases of scenes from the most important moments in the repertory.
 
The Conservatory is so proud to receive Jose Maria Condemi as its new Program Director. Learn more at Jose's official website here.

 

VOICE DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

  • One 50-minute coaching session with personal accompanist every week in addition to one 50-minute lesson (which the accompanist also attends)

  • Vocal Performance Lab: Two-hour performance class every week with all vocal students and faculty; includes master classes, studio classes and student performances

  • Voice Department Recitals: opportunity to perform on one or more of ten evening recitals per year, open to the public

  • Two fully staged, fully costumed operas per year

  • Two to three one-act operas each semester

  • Six evenings of opera scenes each semester

  • New Music Ensemble

  • Four evenings of Musical Theater performances

  • Annual Vocal Concerto Competition: winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra

  • Various departmental collaborations including compositions and chamber music

  • Annual Baroque opera or oratorio, plus two Baroque recitals per year

  • Conservatory Chorus: Two performances per year including major works

  • Chamber Choir: Three performances per year including major works


FACULTY
Sylvia Anderson
Catherine Cook, chair
Patricia Craig
Pamela Fry
Leroy Kromm
Daniel Mobbs
Ruby Pleasure
Jane Randolph
Marcie Stapp
César Ulloa

We encourage prospective students to contact the voice faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The voice faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

Please visit our SFCM Voice Facebook Page!

LINK TO VOICE DEPARTMENT HANDBOOK

CLASSES TO VISIT
Art Songs as Theatre
Vocal Performance Lab
Opera Workshop
Musical Theater
Opera Theatre
Opera Direction
Fundamental Acting for Singers
Principles of Acting
Beginning Theatrical Dance
Chamber Choir
2013-14 Season includes:
One Acts | Nov. 9 7:30pm, Nov.26 7;30pm
Opera Workshop | Nov 22 7:30pm, Nov.26 7;30pm
Puccini: La bohème | Dec 6 7:30pm, Dec 8 2pm
Argento: Postcard from Morocco | Apr 10-12 7:30pm, Apr 13 2pm
Martin Katz vocal coaching masterclass | Nov 7 7:30pm
Greer Grimsley bass-baritone masterclass | Nov 11 7:30pm
Ian Howell countertenor masterclass | Feb 17 7:30pm