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Rackham Graduate Requirements and Dates

All doctoral voice applicants must audition in Ann Arbor.

Required Materials -Deadline December 1

  1. Apply to the Rackham Graduate School online. Upload your statement of purpose/personal statement, resumé, and current transcripts with the application.
  2. Create an Artistic Profile to upload materials required specifically for the program to which you're applying. (resumé, repertoire list, pre-screening recordings, three letters of recommendation, etc.)


International applicants whose language is not English must submit results from a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), iELTS, or the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) score before an audition may be scheduled.

No action will be taken on your application until your application file is complete.


Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Dates

General Rackham Graduate Audition & Interview Information

Pre-screening Requirements

Please upload your resumé, comprehensive repertoire list, and pre-screening recordings by creating an Artistic Profile. Applicants to the DMA in Voice Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited audio recording of six vocal selections for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Please include one (and only one) operatic aria, one twentieth-century work, one (and only one) oratorio aria, and three additional songs of the applicant's choosing. 

Please do not speak on the recording. No introduction is necessary. Create a separate track for each vocal selection. 

Upon a favorable evaluation of this recording, your resumé, repertoire list, and collegiate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.

The pre-screening recording requirement is waived for current U-M graduate voice majors applying to the DMA program. Please contact our Auditions Coordinator ( to obtain a waiver.


In-person Audition Requirements

  • Prepare six selections, including one operatic aria (only one), one oratorio aria (only one), and a twentieth-century work. The twentieth-century work should not be an arrangement by a twentieth-century composer (e.g., Copland's Old American Songs) but an actual composition by a twentieth-century composer. The six selections should demonstrate facility in French, German, Italian, and English.
  • Additionally, prepare eight measures of secco recitative (i.e., simple, with minimal accompaniment) from an 18th century opera or oratorio in one of the four languages above.   
  • Memorization of all works is required. 

Bring your own accompanist if possible. If needed, the school will provide an accompanist for persons auditioning in Ann Arbor.


Admission to the doctoral program does not guarantee that the student will ultimately complete the course requirements, become a candidate, or receive the degree. Admission implies only that the applicant has the requisite background and should be given the opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability. A master's degree in the applicant's proposed field of specialization, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission.





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