Welcome to Voice Lessons at Scripps!
Singing creates a powerful and immediate channel between the singer and the world. Come join us for some meaningful music-making and special projects this semester that will energize you and connect you to fellow students.
For next semester , there are three course offerings in voice for members of the Claremont Colleges:
MUS170H/F Voice, MUS180H/F Voice for Musical Theatre, and MUS89 Group Voice.
All lessons require placement auditions for new students.
Please submit your audition materials as soon as possible, to help us predict demand. To help us do our best for you, please submit your materials as early as the semester beforehand and no later than NOON on Friday before the first week of the semester in order to give the voice faculty time to watch your audition and read your materials. Sign up as soon as the week following registration in the semester before for a faculty-student interviews, usually scheduled for the first four days of the spring semester (M,T, W, Th).
Late auditions/interviews may be possible, but we cannot guarantee placement. Please contact voice faculty for more information, if you are submitting after that Friday.
Here below is a 5-minute introductory video [password: voice] that takes you through the three steps of the online audition process: 1) Create your audition video and make a public sharing link
2) Fill out the voice Audition Student Information Form
3) Make a 10-minute Interview Appointment at the link on this page for the first days of the semester with the voice faculty (Professor Anne Harley (on leave 2023-24), Professor Paul Berkolds, Professor Michaela Kelly, and Professor Emily Thebaut).
Below, please find a step by step guide for completing your online audition for voice lessons:
INFORMATION VIDEO ABOUT VOICE LESSONS AT SCRIPPS
(N.B. MUS92 is now replaced by MUS180):
AUDITION PATHWAY FOR BEGINNERS: Are you new to voice studies? We have a special audition process for you.
Step 1: Record your Voice Audition Video and Create a Shareable Link
In order to best place you, for your voice audition, we would like to observe you singing a piece that you know and love. Pick something that really shows off your best singing. Can you sing in a foreign language? We want to hear it!
- All audition performances must be to musical accompaniment, either pre-recorded or live.
- If you don’t have an accompaniment track available, send faculty the PDF score, and we will try to get one for you (we need at least 48 hours notice please).
- When choosing your piece for the audition, pick a piece from either classical repertoire or musical theatre, because those are the styles we specialize in teaching.
- Video record your audition with your iPhone or any other digital device, and try to capture your entire body as it is singing, so we can assess your vocal technique and performance skills.
- Play the accompaniment as loudly as possible on your computer or through a speaker, and monitor balance between your sound and the accompaniment sound.
- Test your audition recording by listening and viewing; if you want to try again, do so!
- Finally, create a public link to the recording on YouTube or Box, and make sure it is working (not just for you, but for a non-5-College friend, for example).
Step 2: Fill out the Voice Audition Student Information Form
Once you have made your audition video and created a public link to that video on YouTube or your Box account, please fill out the Scripps 5C Voice Audition Student Information Online Form. You will be asked for your 5C email, cell phone number, a public link to your audition video, your class schedule, and a little more about your preparation in musical subjects (voice lessons, choir, musical theatre productions, musicianship, etc.).
Step 3: Make an appointment with the voice faculty
Click on this scheduler to select a 10-minute Zoom appointment slot with the faculty. We will want to get to know you a little bit more, give you a chance to ask questions, and ask you to do a little sight reading of a simple melody line, either singing, or on an instrument of your choice.
For more information about auditions, please email the voice area faculty.