How To Apply
Audition: All students desiring to participate in the OMTW are required to audition before a select panel of music staff which will include the director of the program.
Who should audition?
High school seniors and transfer students interested in majoring or minoring in music (voice) and any individual interested in working to obtain professional performance experience in Opera, Oratorio, Concerts, Theatre and Dance.
When should one audition?
Candidates are encouraged to audition as early as possible, prior to the beginning of the next university school semester.
How do I schedule an audition date and time?
You can apply for an audition by contacting Professor Andrew W. Smith, the Director, at 1-502-597-6611 for an appointment. Or you may express your desires via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is financial aid available for those majoring or minoring in music (voice)?
Yes. Kentucky State University has an excellent financial aid program and is committed to providing assistance to students who qualify on a need and /or talent bases. The amount awarded, however, will be determined by your audition.
What must I do to be prepared to perform at the audition?
High School applicant should be prepared to perform three songs from the Classical repertoire such as: art songs, folk songs, early Italian Arias (before 1800), spirituals, musical theatre (not more that one selection may be from musical theatre). One selection must be in English.
Under-Class (Freshmen, Sophomores, Adult Beginners) should be prepared to perform three songs:
1. A foreign language art song sung in the original language.
2. An aria, appropriate for the particular voice, sung in English or the original language.
3. An American, Canadian or British 20th Century art song.
Upper-Class (Transfer, Adult Intermediate, Junior, Senior) should be prepared to perform four selections, three of which are chosen from the three categories listed for the "Under -Class" and one being selected from an Oratorio, Cantata, or Mass . All are to be in their original keys and languages. Each category must be represented.
Do I need an accompanist?
Yes, if the music is written with piano accompaniment. If you can not provide your own accompanist, one will be provided, if a two week notice is given.
Who else may attend my audition?
Parents and guardians are encouraged to come with you to the campus, but will not be able to attend the audition. They can acquaint themselves with Kentucky State and ask any questions they may have.
At your audition:
Arrive in plenty of time to warm up your instrument and to rehearse with your accompanist. Following the audition, you will meet with the music faculty and discuss any matters relative to the university, its programs and degree offerings. The admissions office can arrange a campus tour which could include lunch or dinner on campus with at least a week's notice. You are also welcome to attend classes, athletic events or performances.