If you’re a young singer living in New York, you’re lucky. The city is full of some amazing music schools and performing arts programs, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your skills to the test, further your music education, and gain some valuable performance experience.
New York High School Requirements for Performing Arts Voice Auditions
Each program has its own set of voice audition requirements that you’ll need to prepare. We’ve compiled a list of the audition requirements from some of the most popular New York performing arts schools below to help you get started. We’ve checked the audition requirements, but you should check the requirements of each school before preparing your audition to ensure there are not any changes.
Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Located in Manhattan, this school accepts auditions from New York City residents in the 8th or 9th grade. Students must prepare an a cappella song from classical or proper repertoire. Melody and rhythm pattern tests are also part of the audition.
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
Admission to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School is based on both audition results and academic profiles. Students must prepare the Star Spangled Banner and a one-minute excerpt from a song. The song should be accompanied, and the student should bring music with them to their audition.
Talent Unlimited High School
Talent Unlimited High School offers a rigorous program in the performing arts and liberal arts in order to prepare students for a traditional college or arts conservatory setting.
Vocal students should sing a classical or musical theater piece – be sure to bring your sheet music. Students will also need to demonstrate chest and head voice, and will be given melody and rhythm tests.
Musical theater students will need to sing a memorized Broadway song. The song will be accompanied, and students should bring music. Students will also need to perform a monologue from a published work, and will be given melody and rhythm tests.
Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts
This small high school offers an excellent education tailored for students who hope to work in the theatre arts as actors or behind the scenes. Students should prepare 16 bars from a musical theater song, which will be accompanied.
Professional Performing Arts School
The Professional Performing Arts School trains actors, singers, and dancers in grades six through twelve.
Students auditioning for voice should sing a song from the 24 Italian Songs or a Golden Age musical theater song – bring your music. Students will also need to demonstrate their vocal ability through a guided warm-up.
For musical theater auditions, students should prepare a memorized Broadway song, which will be accompanied – bring your music. Students will also perform a monologue from a published work, and will participate in a dance class.
Brooklyn High School of the Arts
The Brooklyn High School of the Arts welcomes students from all five boroughs of New York City, and offers an education designed to prepare students for both conservatory and college opportunities.
For voice auditions, students should prepare an a cappella song from classical or popular repertoire. They will also take melody and rhythm pattern tests.
Musical theater auditions require two prepared monologues. It is preferred that students have experience with singing lessons.
Preparing for Your Audition
If you would like to audition for one or more of these schools, then it’s important to work closely with your music teacher, and to start preparing as early as possible. Your teacher will be able to help you choose audition pieces that showcase your skills and education. They will also be able to answer questions you might have about how to best prepare for an audition.
Look up the audition requirements of any school that you’re considering so you can be sure that you prepare all of the requirements, as requirements sometimes change. Many schools have multiple pieces to their auditions, but you may be able to use the same song for multiple auditions, which will reduce the number of pieces you need to learn. If you’ll be required to take rhythm or melody tests, then you can brush up on these skills with your teacher during lessons, as well as by doing some sight singing when you’re practicing.
If you’ve never auditioned for a school or performance before, your teacher may set up some mock auditions to mimic the feel of the real thing. These practice auditions will help you learn to focus and calm yourself when performing in front of people you don’t know. If you participate in a group, like a chorus, then singing your audition piece in front of them can be a good way to prepare for your upcoming audition.
At Sage Music, we help our students audition into the schools mentioned above, achieving a 100% acceptance rate in 2018. If you’re looking for a great music teacher, please contact us.