Vocal and Operatic

Undergraduate Audition Requirements for Vocal Applicants

Rehearsal

An official accompanist will be arranged for your audition and you will be given the opportunity to rehearse with them, but please note that that rehearsal time will be limited to about 10 minutes.

If you are bringing your own accompanist, you will be allocated a room so that you can rehearse with your accompanist for 25 minutes prior to your audition. Please can you inform us by email if you will be bringing your own accompanist.

Audition

Please prepare 3 classical songs or arias, at least one of which must be from an oratorio or opera. You may choose the first item and the panel will choose the second and, if they wish, the third. You will also be given a short piece to prepare which you will be asked to sing to the panel.

Interview

As part of your audition there will be an informal interview. The panel will be interested to hear you talk about your artistic influences, your inspiration to be a musician and your career objectives.

This is also an opportunity for you to ask the panel questions about your Department and what life will be like as a musician in Birmingham. The audition and interview together will last for about half an hour. You will be invited to arrive before the audition for a warm-up that will also last 25 minutes.

Postgraduate Audition Requirements for Vocal Applicants

Audition Requirements

  • You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes duration.
  • You may be required to include an extended piece and/or specified material.
  • You must include works in at least three European languages, including English.
Rehearsal

An official accompanist will be arranged for your audition and you will be given the opportunity to rehearse with them, but please note that that rehearsal time will be limited to about 15 minutes.

If you are bringing your own accompanist, you will be allocated a room so that you can rehearse with your accompanist for 35 minutes prior to your audition. Please can you inform us by email if you will be bringing your own accompanist.

Audition

Please prepare 4 classical songs or arias at least two of which should be in two different languages other than English.

You may choose which item you sing first, thereafter the panel will choose as they feel appropriate. You will also be given a piece of sight reading.

Interview

As part of your audition there will be an informal interview. The panel will be interested to hear you talk about your artistic influences, your inspiration to be a musician and your career objectives.

This is also an opportunity for you to ask the panel questions about your Department and what life will be like as a musician in Birmingham. The audition and interview together will last for about 40 minutes. You will be invited to arrive before the audition for a warm-up that will last 35 minutes.