The Vocal Performance/Opera Placement Examination is given in the week prior to the beginning of classes. It is required of all entering students, including those holding bachelor’s degrees from CSULB. Prospective graduate students in voice and opera must call the Music Conservatory Office (562) 985-4781 to register for the Vocal Performance/Opera Placement Examination Placement Examination in addition to the Music Conservatory Placement Examination required of all entering graduate students.
All applicants are required to complete the Conservatory’s Diction and Repertoire Diagnostic Exam** before registering in courses applicable to the Master of Music degree.
*Approved Major Performance Organizations (MUS 500 , MUS 530 ) by area:
Winds and Brass: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Jazz Orchestra
Percussion: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra
Strings: Symphony Orchestra
Voice: Chamber Choir, University Choir, 49er Chorus, Opera
Opera: Chamber Choir, University Choir, 49er Chorus, Opera
Jazz Studies: Concert Jazz Orchestra, Studio Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble I, Vocal Jazz Ensemble II
** Students in the Vocal Performance and Opera concentrations of the Master of Music degree are expected to show evidence of diction studies in various languages and French and German song repertoire for entrance. A diction examination will determine strengths and weaknesses in undergraduate-level knowledge in these areas. The exam results are used in the advising process to determine remedial work and for guidance in choice of electives. Students showing deficiencies may be required to take specific relevant elective courses.