Prospective Voice Students

Welcome and thank you for considering studying voice at UA Little Rock! Please use this page to familiarize yourself with our program and address any questions you may have regarding voice lessons.

Music study at UA Little Rock can take many forms. For undergraduate students, you may pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a music minor (19-credit hours required), or participate in an elective study of music. For graduate students, you may choose between the Master of Education degree with an emphasis in music or the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MAIS) degree with an emphasis in music.

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) Program as a voice principal, or private lessons in MUPR 2216 and higher, is by audition only. If you are a new student or a transferring student, you must audition for placement in the program. Auditions are scheduled by appointment during the Fall and Spring semesters, and summer.

These are the degrees available to students interested in voice study:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (B.M.E.): a professional music degree that prepares students to teach as choral directors, band directors, or general music teachers.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.): a liberal arts degree that provides students with a variety of career opportunities, as well as flexibility for double-majors or special concentrations, i.e., performance, composition.
  • Music Minor: a program designed to provide learning opportunities for non-music majors through courses in listening, basic musicianship, music theory, applied voice (or private instruction), music history, and courses of special interest to the student when available.

Voice Audition Requirements:

  • Sing two songs from memory with piano accompaniment. For repertoire suggestions, go to, and then consult a professional musician (private teacher, choral conductor) to select the appropriate key and vocal range. Repertoire may also include folk and spiritual arrangements for solo voice and musical theatre.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to choose music that fits your voice and displays your highest performance level. Your selections should not contain music that is too easy or difficult but just right for you.
  • All applicants must bring piano accompaniment (sheet music) to their audition. No pre-recorded accompaniments (or self-accompanying at the piano or with guitar)
  • And finally, dress professionally for your success!

Scholarship Audition Requirements:

Students applying for scholarship assistance should contact Dr. Lorissa Mason. These competitive auditions are held separately by the Scholarship Committee every year. Please keep in mind that your vocal repertoire should showcase your level of proficiency. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance to you.

Voice Area Faculty:

Professor Diane Kesling, mezzo-soprano
Lecturer in Voice
Applied Voice, Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop

John Garst
Adjunct Instructor, Voice