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11th 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, etc.) on a college campus, preferably 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 concerts/performances outside the discipline of your primary vocal performance ensemble. Examples are: Broadway musical, opera, ballet, community chorus, or folksong festival.


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

Attend four Master Classes on at least two different college campuses.

Continue taking private voice lessons once a week with a professional performer. Take one additional private lesson per semester with the college instructor whose studio you want to join.

Continue music theory instruction coupled with sight-singing development. Take a music history course to learn the basic style periods and composers and works related to each of these style periods. Study via formal course offerings at your school, college-prep classes, or online instruction.


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

Perform in your private voice teacher’s studio recital.

Participate in NATS state, regional, and national solo competitions. These competitions frequently offer cash or college scholarship prizes!

Participate in an extra-curricular musical performance outside of the daily academic structure. Examples are an auditioned part in a community theater’s Broadway musical presentation, or a community or church choir holiday performance of “The Messiah.”

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

Perform solo recital in the spring of this academic year. The program should include twelve accompanied compositions and two unaccompanied compositions. Four of the selections should be in a foreign language, one should be an aria, two should be a song cycle; also include a Broadway ballad.


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

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