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Opera Audition Requirements

Auditions for Fall 2016 admission will be held for singers only. The pianist position is currently occupied.

All applicants must have an undergraduate degree.
All applicants must be available to come to Chicago for a live audition on the specified date.

Live auditions are granted just to those who pass our pre-screening round of auditions. Live auditions will take place February 5, 2016, and all applicants MUST be available on this date. 

Pre-Screening Audition Requirements

All applicants must apply to CCPA and submit pre-screening requirements via Acceptd by December 1, 2015.

All materials must be uploaded via Acceptd. DO NOT mail recordings or documents to CCPA.


  • A recording of three contrasting selections from three different stylistic periods, one of which must be contemporary
    • a minimum of two must be operatic arias
    • all selections to be sung in the original language
    • a minimum of two languages represented, one of which must be English
  • A recent headshot
  • An academic and professional (as appropriate) resumé
  • A brief statement written by the applicant explaining why he/she is applying to this particular program, and what he/she hopes to gain from the experience (this will be submitted in the essay portion of the student's application to Roosevelt University.)
  • An uploaded letter from the singer’s current voice teacher assessing the applicant’s current level of development and their career potential
  • Two additional uploaded letters of recommendation from professionals or faculty with whom the applicant has recently worked, that address the applicant’s musical and dramatic abilities


Position currently occupied - next opening will be Fall 2017

Live Audition Requirements

A pianist will be provided.


Five contrasting selections in the original language, a minimum of four being operatic arias, to be performed from memory. These may include selections from the pre-screening audition.

  • Four languages must be represented: Italian, French, German and English
  • At least three stylistic periods must be represented: Contemporary (mandatory), Baroque (through Handel), Classical (through Rossini), Romantic/Post-Romantic (through Barber)

Live Audition Procedures and Expectations

All applicants must be at an advanced level of technical ability. Singers should have a working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and a firm grasp on at least one of the basic singing languages (in addition to English). They should also have experience working with directors and be comfortable onstage. Singers must provide three 3 copies of their audition repertoire for the audition panel.


All singers will present an aria of their choice, and will be prepared to sing addition selections from their list as requested by the audition panel. At the completion of the preliminary auditions, singers may be asked to remain for the final audition process. The final audition process may consist of an individual coaching, lesson, or a dramatic working session. Those selected to join the program will be notified by CCPA within a week after the final auditions.

Proper audition attire is expected for the preliminary audition. Loose clothing and shoes that allow for movement should be worn for the dramatic portion of the finals.