Voice Department FAQ

Auditioning for Voice
General Questions
Performance Opportunities
Instrumentalists and Voice

Auditioning for Voice

Q.   How do I audition for the voice program at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music?
A.  Auditions are held periodically throughout the academic year.  You may contact Laura Dolan, the Recruitment Coordinator for the School of Music, at 309-556-3063, or email at ldolan@iwu.edu for specific dates.

Q.  What should I sing for my audition?
A.   Auditioners are asked to sing two art songs in contrasting styles and languages.  Choose repertoire that you sing well and shows your voice to its best advantage.  Art songs from books such as The First Book of Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, or Bass Solos and 26 Italian Songs and Arias would be good for auditions.


General Questions about Voice

Q.  How do I find a voice teacher?
A.   A First- Year Voice Recital is held the evening of the first day of classes.  Each freshmen voice student will sing a song of their choice for the voice faculty (an accompanist is provided).  Students are then assigned teachers immediately following the recital.  If there is a specific teacher whose studio you would like to join, you are welcome to speak with that teacher prior to the orientation program.

Q.  How do I find an accompanist for my voice lessons?
A.   An accompanist is assigned to each student at no cost to the student.

Q.   How many voice lessons do I have per week?
A.  Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and Bachelor of Music Education with voice emphasis majors have one, one-hour voice lesson per week.  This may be broken up into two one-half hour lessons per week at the discretion of the voice teacher.  Bachelor of Arts in voice majors have one, one-half hour lesson per week.  Those pursuing a minor in voice also have one, one-half hour lesson per week.

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Performance Opportunities

Q.  How many vocal ensembles does Illinois Wesleyan University have and what are they?
A.  IWU has three primary vocal ensembles for which students receive course credit.  These choirs are Collegiate Choir, University Choir, and Chamber Singers.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each year by the Director of Choral Activities for placement in the choirs.  All voice majors have a vocal ensemble requirement as stated in the course catalog.

Q.   Do any of the IWU choirs tour, and, if so, where and how often?
A.  The IWU Collegiate Choir is the touring choir.  The choir tours in the United States every year during spring break.  Every four years, the choir tours abroad.  Recent tours include Germany (2012), Spain (2008), Russia and the Baltic Countries (2004), and Italy (2000).

Q.  Will I have the opportunity to perform in operas and musicals at IWU?
A.   All students in the School of Music are invited to audition for all productions.  Bachelor of Music in vocal performance majors are required to participate in at least two productions as part of their degree requirement.

Q.  Does IWU have vocal ensembles other than Collegiate Choir, University Choir, and Chamber Singers?
A.  Yes.  IWU has three student-run, faculty advised a cappella groups.  A women's group called A Touch of Class; a men's group called Suspended; and a co-ed group called Silence Interrupted.  Dr. Carren Moham is faculty advisor for A Touch of Class, Dr. Scott Ferguson is faculty advisor for Suspended, and Dr. Jen Schuetz is the faculty advisor for Silence Interrupted.

Q.  How can I be in Touch of Class or Suspended?  Do I have to be a voice major to be in the group?
A.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each school year to fill slots left by graduating seniors or students studying abroad.  Requirements for auditions are posted beforehand and anyone meeting the requirements is invited to audition.  Students need not be voice majors to audition for the group.

Q.  Can students start other groups?
A.  Yes. Students are welcome to start vocal groups; however, it is recommended to have a faculty advisor for campus recognition and funding.

Q.  How often do the groups rehearse?
A. The groups usually meet and set their rehearsal times according to the members' schedules.  However, they do rehearse at least once a week.

Q.  How often and where do the groups perform?
A. Both groups are well recognized on campus and do several performances on campus and in the surrounding community.  They also do concerts each semester.

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Instruments and Voice

Q.  As a voice major, will I be allowed to major on an instrument in addition to voice?
A.  As a voice major, you may take lessons on other instruments but you will be allowed to major on only one instrument.  However, Bachelor of Music majors are required to take a secondary instrument.  We strongly suggest piano as the secondary instrument.

Q.  Is it possible to participate in a choral ensemble and an instrumental ensemble in the same semester?
A.  It is possible to participate in both; however, it would depend upon the ensembles in question and when they meet.

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