Classical vocal

Students currently in 8th-11th grades may apply for High School Arts Instruction.

The NOCCA Classical Vocal Music Department accepts talented students who have an aptitude and interest in pursuing classical vocal music. The Vocal Music Curriculum is designed to develop the student’s vocal technique, performance skills, and musicianship. Classes include Voice Class (vocal technique and repertoire), Music Theory, Musicianship (ear training and sight singing), Piano Class, Opera Workshop and Choral Ensemble.

At the live in-person audition, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes, you will be asked to:

      • Demonstrate a singing voice with potential in classical music by singing one prepared and memorized song from the following list:

o Any Italian art song from the 24 Italian Art song book (G. Shirmer). We recommend Caro mio ben or Sebben crudele for beginning students.
o One of these songs: “Danny Boy,” “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes”
o Two verses of a hymn
o A traditional spiritual

No other song genres are permitted. Some of these songs are linked below for download. Please bring the sheet music in your key for our accompanist to play for you at your audition. You must sing with our piano accompanist- no a capella singing, please. Please dress appropriately for an audition (in nice clothes) and memorize your audition piece.

    • Demonstrate the ability to match pitches and melodies that will be played for you on the piano.
    • Repeat clapped rhythms (example available in link below).
    • Sing a major scale ascending and descending.
    • Be able to discuss with the Vocal Music faculty your grades and your desire to explore Classical Vocal Music.
    • Demonstrate basic music sight-reading skills involving simple rhythmic and melodic sequences (An example of the sight singing may be downloaded from the link below)
    • Answer basic music theory questions.
    • Read aloud a short poem in English that will be given to you at the audition.


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