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Undergraduate and master’s degree voice students are required to perform a jury at the end of each semester. (The only exception being semesters in which the student completes a degree recital.) DMA students who have not done a recital during an academic year will also present a jury in either fall or spring.

The jury will be approximately 6 to 8 minutes in length. Students will sing one selection of their choice and at least one selected by the faculty. Students are allowed to record their juries, provided that doing so is not disruptive. The faculty may also record juries for archival purposes. Juries are closed to the public, including family and friends. Juries will be held during the last week of classes (“Pre-finals week”) each semester.

If a doctoral student does not perform one of their required recitals in the course of a year (two consecutive long semesters) they are expected to perform a jury at the end of the second of those semesters. DMA students are encouraged to do their first recital within the first year of study.

Jury Forms

Each student must obtain a Voice Division Jury Sheet from:

Each student must complete the top part of the front page of the jury sheet: name, teacher, course number, and total semesters of study. They should also complete the top part of the second page: student name, major, and degree sought. Students should then fill out the repertoire studied in that semester. Titles and composer’s names must be correctly spelled with all diacritical markings found in some foreign languages. Jury repertoire lists must reflect repertoire assigned and prepared that semester. The student’s voice teacher must approve the list and sign on the jury form prior to the jury. Students whose repertoire list is not so certified will not be allowed to do their jury for the semester.

Faculty members will write comments and give a grade based on the jury performance. The jury comment sheets must be distributed to students before the end of the semester. In the case of a “negative result” (such as failure of the UDE or Concentration Proficiency Exam) the teacher must retain the original comment sheets and have them placed in the student’s file in the Advising Office. Copies may be given to students.

Academic Integrity

Any falsification of the jury repertoire list is against the rules of academic integrity and at a minimum is grounds for a failing grade (“F”) in voice for the semester. Any student found guilty of intentionally falsifying repertory could also be subject to disciplinary action from the Dean of Students office of the university.