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10th Grade Guide for Voice

Attend Outside Performances

Attend ten concerts/recitals outside of your school this academic year. For example, four concerts of large performance ensembles (e.g. Concert Choir, Showchoir, or Jazz Vocal Ensemble) on a college campus where you want to attend. Attend two concerts of small or large ensembles presented by the professors and conductors that you are developing a relationship with. Attend two concerts by professional organizations like your city’s symphony, community concert band, or touring ensemble(s). Add two performances outside the discipline of your primary vocal performance ensemble like a Broadway musical, opera, ballet, community chorus, or folksong festival.


Participate in at least two school performance ensembles. For example: High School Mixed Chorus, High School Treble Chorus, High School Show-Choir or High School Madrigal Singers. Consider district-wide ensembles like All-County Chorus as one of the performance ensembles.

Attend two Master Classes on a college campus.

Continue taking private voice lessons once a week with a professional performer.

Continue music theory instruction coupled with sight-singing development. This can be through formal course offerings at your school, college-prep classes, or online instruction.


Participate in NATS state and regional solo competitions.

Participate in statewide Solo and Ensemble Festival by performing an accompanied solo that is appropriate to your technical ability, as well as in one same-voice small ensemble and a mixed ensemble.

Audition for and make the grade-level appropriate All-State Chorus.

Perform in your private voice teacher’s studio recital.

Perform solo recital of eight contrasting compositions with five memorized selections. Two of the selections should be in a foreign language and one selection should be an American song cycle.


Attend extended Summer Music Camp that has age appropriate performance repertoire. This should be on a college campus, preferably a campus you want to attend. While attending this camp, take at least one private lesson from the professor in whose studio you might spend most of your collegiate experience. This can be a nationally recognized summer enrichment program such as “The Governor’s School for the Arts” in your state or a camp where America’s most noted conductors and performers act as instructors. Check out our grade-by-grade summer experience guide for details.

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