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University Prescreening for Singers
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by Lee Cioppa & Geoffrey Scott


Each January dozens of music schools around the country review thousands of prescreening recordings. In January 2010, after reviewing a record number of 700 recordings at the Juilliard School, Lee Cioppa (associate dean for admissions) and Geoffrey Scott (then senior assistant director for recruitment at Juilliard and now director of admissions for the Shepherd School at Rice University) had the idea to present a masterclass at the 2010 Classical Singer Convention to address the myriad of issues surrounding making a prescreening recording.

We asked them to turn that masterclass into an article. Read on for their collected insights.

Why did you decide to offer the masterclass at the Classical Singer Convention?

Geoffrey Scott:
More and more schools are implementing a preliminary recorded round to reduce the number of unqualified candidates taking a live audition. The process is also beneficial to the applicant: the travel costs saved by an unqualified student are signi...

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