Classical Vocal

Students currently in 8th-11th grades may apply.

The NOCCA Classical Vocal Music Department accepts talented students who have an aptitude and interest in pursuing classical vocal music. The Vocal Music Curriculum is designed to develop the student’s vocal technique, performance skills, and musicianship. Classes include Voice Class (vocal technique and repertoire), Music Theory, Musicianship (ear training and sight singing), Piano Class, Opera Workshop and Choral Ensemble.

Include with your completed application:
Demonstrate a singing voice with potential in classical music by recording and uploading a video of you singing one prepared and memorized song from the following list:

    • Any Italian art song from the 24 Italian Art song book ( G. Shirmer). We recommend Caro mio ben or Sebben crudele for beginning students.
    • One of these songs: “Danny Boy," “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes."
    • Two verses of a hymn.
    • A traditional spiritual.

No other song genres are permitted. Some of these songs may be downloaded from our website. Please make a video recording of you singing this song and upload it with your application. You may use live accompaniment, recorded accompaniment, or sing a capella. It is your preference. Please stand to sing and face the camera. Please dress appropriately for an audition (in nice clothes).

At the live virtual audition you will be asked to: 

    • Demonstrate the ability to match pitches and melodies that will be played for you on the piano
    • Repeat clapped rhythms.
    • Sing a major scale ascending and descending.
    • Be able to discuss with the Vocal Music faculty your grades and your desire to explore Classical Vocal Music.
    • Demonstrate basic sight-reading skills involving simple rhythmic and melodic sequences (An example of the sight singing may be downloaded from our website)
    • Answer basic music theory questions.
    • Read aloud a short poem in English that will be given to you at the audition.

Click here for song examples and click here for sight singing examples.


Photo of Dr. Liliia Oliinyk

Dr. Liliia Oliinyk

Faculty: Classical Vocal, Collaborative Pianist


Born to a family of music enthusiasts in Ukraine, Liliia quickly showed interest in piano, guitar, and singing. As a child she spent countless hours learning to play the piano by ear, playing tunes she heard her dad sing. By the age of six her parents had recognized her passion and she was enrolled in a local music school. During her studies in Ukraine, Liliia participated in and won numerous regional and national festivals and competitions, including the 2007 Bugaevsky National Piano Competition.

In 2008 Liliia’s passion for music brought her to the United States to pursue higher education, where she has earned three degrees: a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, a Master’s Degree from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, and a Doctor of Music Arts Degree with a concentration in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Over the course of more than twenty five years she has studied under several internationally renowned musicians, including Valentina Gerasimenko, Tatiana Siytsova, Efym Vallerstein, Robin H. Williams, Ana Maria Otamendi, and Willis Delony.

As a recitalist, Dr. Liliia Oliinyk has performed in many concerts, festivals, and masterclasses across the US and Europe – including a recent participation in the Orvieto Music Festival in Orvieto, Italy – and has received coaching from Alexander Bonduriansky, Alan Chow, Nyela Basney, and Martin Katz.

Dr. Liliia Oliinyk joined NOCCA’s family in the Fall of 2021. Presently, she serves as Artist-Teacher and Collaborative Pianist for Classical Vocal department, and is delighted to work alongside Mrs. Phyllis Treigle and Mr. Mark-Anthony Thomas.

Currently residing in Louisiana, Liliia continues to perform locally as a soloist and collaborative pianist and is an avid advocate for the importance of outreach events and public performances in spreading the love of music.

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