Juries

Students who are funded for 6 lessons or less do not need to perform a jury UNLESS they hope to obtain funding for more than 6 lessons the next semester.

Juries are held at the end of each semester for all students taking 150 whether or not they plan on continuing in 150 the following semester. Before the juries, students and their teachers must complete a form describing their goals and repertoire for the semester. Students need to complete their side of the form first and then give it to their teacher. After completing their side of the form, teachers should return the completed forms to their students in a sealed envelope, signed across the closure.

The sealed envelope must be turned into the Music Department office by the Friday before that semester’s jury or brought to the jury. Students who fail to return the completed form by the due date will not be permitted to take their jury.

Jury Guidelines

Vocal Students: Over the course of their studies, we expect that student singers will work on a variety of pieces from the art song, opera, and oratorio repertoire in English, Italian, French and German. For their ten-minute jury, students should be prepared to sing two or three pieces in contrasting styles and in at least two languages. Singers are expected to perform their pieces from memory with full comprehension of the text they are singing.

Instrumental (including Keyboard) Students: Over the course of their studies, students should prepare representative pieces spanning all relevant time periods and a variety of styles and genres. Accordingly, for their eight- to ten-minute jury, students should prepare one of the following three options:

  • Two contrasting pieces from contrasting stylistic periods; or
  • Two contrasting movements or sections from a single large piece; or
  • A single piece at the discretion of their teacher (on a one-time basis only), in the event that the student has undertaken focused work which demonstrates specific accomplishment (for example, the composition or improvisation of an original cadenza; an etude chosen to address a technical problem, etc.)