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Repertoire: Classical Divisions

 

ALL REPERTOIRE MUST BE PERFORMED FROM MEMORY.

 

YOUTH Divisions IA, IB, IIA, & IIB (3 selections, 7 minutes)

  1. One Italian (such as those in 24 Italian Art Songs and Arias), German, French, or Spanish art song (sung in the original language).

  2. Two additional selections chosen at the discretion of the teacher, one of which must be sung in English.

 

LOWER COLLEGE Divisions III – VI (3 selections, 7 minutes)

  1. One Italian, German, French, or Spanish song (sung in the original language).

  2. One art song sung in English selected from any national genre NOT represented above (i.e. American, English, Russian, Scandinavian, etc.).

  3. One selection chosen at the discretion of the teacher (may be an operatic, oratorio, or concert aria).

 

UPPER COLLEGE Divisions VII – X (3 selections, 10 minutes)

  1. One operatic, oratorio or concert aria (sung in the original language or English).

  2. One Italian, German, French, or Spanish art song (sung in the original language).

  3. One art song sung in English selected from any national genre NOT represented above (i.e. American, English, Russian, Scandinavian, etc.).

 

ADVANCED Divisions XI & XII (6 selections, 15 minutes)

  1. One German art song AND one French art song (sung in the original language).

  2. One Italian or Spanish art song (sung in the original language).

  3. One oratorio/cantata aria (sung in the original language or English).

  4. One operatic aria (sung in the original language or English).

  5. One art song sung in English selected from any national genre NOT represented above (i.e. American, English, Russian, Scandinavian, etc.).

 

ADULT Division XIII (3 selections, 10 minutes)

  1. Two contrasting selections representing two different languages chosen from the following:

a. Operatic, oratorio, or concert aria (sung in the original language or in English).

b. Italian, French, German, or Spanish art song (sung in the original language).

  1. One art song sung in English selected from any national genre NOT represented above (i.e. American, English, Russian, Scandinavian, etc.).

 

ADULT Division XIV (3 selections from 4 categories, 7 minutes)

  1. One operatic, oratorio, or concert aria (sung in the original language or in English).

  2. One Italian, French, German, or Spanish art song (sung in the original language).

  3. One American, British, Russian, Scandinavian, or Spanish art song (sung in English).

  4. One musical theater selection.

  

Repertoire: Music Theater Divisions

ALL REPERTOIRE MUST BE PERFORMED FROM MEMORY.

Music Theater Divisions (All Categories) (3 selections, 8 minutes)

  1. One music theater up-tempo selection.

  2. One music theater ballad.

  3. One art song or aria (sung in the original language or in English).

 

 

 

Repertoire FAQ’s

 

Some of these guidelines are from the NATS Texoma region, and others have been added by the DFW chapter.

 

Are the Twenty-four/twenty-six Italian Songs and Arias considered art songs or arias?

If the singer is in category III, IV, V, or VI, ANY repertoire found in the Twenty-four/twenty-six Italian Songs and Arias books may be considered as art songs AND/OR as opera arias, regardless of origin.

If the singer is in category VII or above, ANY repertoire found in the Twenty-four/twenty-six Italian Songs and Arias books may be considered as art songs ONLY, regardless of origin.

Any comparable literature found outside the Twenty-four/twenty-six Italian Songs and Arias books, regardless of composer, will be considered only as the composer originally intended, either as an aria OR an art song.

 

Can an art song called “Vocalise” fulfill a category?

Yes. A song without words, usually titled “Vocalise,” may fulfill the requirement for an art song. Use the composer’s nationality to select the correct category of art song. For example, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise may be sung at the college or advanced level: “One art song sung in English selected from any national genre NOT represented above.”

 

What about literature in Russian, Czech, Catalan, or any other language besides French, German, Italian, and / or Spanish?

Art songs: DFW and Texoma NATS student auditions do not allow any art songs written in foreign languages besides French, German, Italian, or Spanish. While the teacher of the singers may have access to an excellent Russian, Czech, Catalan, Korean, or Latvian (in other words, any language other than French, German, Italian, or Spanish) diction coach, other languages are not, as yet, part of traditional diction studies for vocal music majors in the United States. Therefore, in order to assure a certain level of expertise by the judging panel, language requirements must stay within those traditionally taught at the university level.

Opera arias: DFW and Texoma NATS Student Auditions DO allow Russian opera arias that are found in the standard operatic literature collections

 

Handel and Purcell literature: art song or opera aria?

If Handel wrote a piece as an aria, to be accompanied by orchestra, usually for an opera or an oratorio, it is an aria. If he wrote a piece as an art song, to be accompanied by keyboard, it is an art song.

Purcell wrote one opera, Dido and Aeneas. Pieces from his “dramatic works” and “semi-operas” are considered art songs for DFW and Texoma NATS Student Auditions. Solo literature from his cantatas is considered a cantata aria.

 

Can a cantata aria be used in the “oratorio aria” category?

Yes.

Are there any non-art songs that are allowed to fulfill the “art song” category?

DFW and Texoma NATS Student Auditions accept spirituals and arrangements of folk songs in the “art song” category. Hymn arrangements and contemporary Christian literature are not accepted.

 

Are there any non-opera arias that are allowed to fulfill the “opera aria” category?

Yes. Texoma NATS has developed a tradition of accepting these few particular pieces as “opera arias,” although they are arguably NOT opera arias. For questions regarding a non-opera aria not listed below, contact the current Jeffrey Snider.

Soprano:

Art is calling for me, from The Enchantress, Herbert

Czardas, from Die Fledermaus, Strauss

Glitter and be gay, from Candide, Bernstein

Green finch and linnet bird, from Sweeney Todd, Sondheim

Mein Herr Marquis, from Die Fledermaus, Strauss

Summertime, from Porgy and Bess, Gershwin

Vilia, from Die Lustige Witwe, Lehár

Tenor:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, from Das Land des Lächelns, Lehár

Lonely House, from Street Scene, Weill

 

What is our policy on using photocopies?

The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding
copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored
events, from the national to the chapter level.
Exceptions are:
1. Music that is out of print, still under copyright law, with permission from a
publisher.
2. Sheet music or books for which the copyright has expired, but available in CD
format. (e.g., CD Sheet Music). Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
3.  Sheet music purchased legally from an online vendor.  Such music should have either a separate page proving the performer has purchased such or a copyright notice at the bottom of the music that includes the performer’s name.  Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
4.  Music available from approved public domain websites.  Performers should take particular care when accessing these sites as some do not guarantee that all works are indeed in the public domain.  Current approved online public domain sites are:  www.imslp.org
www.sheetmusicarchive.net

Can Victor Herbert and Gilbert & Sullivan songs be considered arias?

Yes, if they are from an operetta.

 

Is “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd considered an up-beat or a ballad for the music theater division?

Yes. It depends on how the song is performed.

 

Can songs be included in the music theater division that are in the style of music theater or by music theater composers, but are not actually from a musical show?

(Example: The Girl in 14G, Alto’s Lament)

If it is included in a music theater anthology, yes. After that, we would have to clarify each individual piece, which would be a long process. So unless it is from a show or included in a music theater only anthology, it may not be used in the music theater category. If a book says “Songs from Stage and Film,” that is not a purely musical theater anthology.

 

Further questions should be directed to:

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