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.


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Mark-Anthony Thomas

Vocal Instructor, Musicianship Vocal Music


Emerging tenor Mark-Anthony Thomas is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where he studied vocal music and received a Certificate of Artistry under the tutelage of Phyllis Treigle. He was selected as a winner of the New Orleans Junior Philharmonic Society competition in 2009. In 2012 Mark-Anthony traveled to Italy to study opera with the Siena Summer Music Festival under the direction of Metropolitan Opera veteran Dana Talley. Mark-Anthony is also a member of the New Orleans Opera Association Chorus and has appeared in its productions of Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Carmen, Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Sweeney Todd, and Champion. He performed the title role in the world premiere of Chris Burton’s The Self Portrait of Jonathan Jenkins with New Fangled Opera, and in 2013 performed in Jennifer Jolley’s Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens as the Angel/Announcer #2. He also has performed various roles and concerts in the greater New Orleans area, specifically productions at Loyola University New Orleans, including Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette (Tybalt), Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (Daniel Buchanan), Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (First Commissioner), Massenet’s Cendrillion (Le Roi), and most recently, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (La Théière). Mark-Anthony appeared in Nicholls State University’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Peter) in 2016. Mark-Anthony has appeared in Opera Creole’s and Cripple Creek Theatre Co.’s production of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha as Andy in 2017 and as Servant/First Soldier in Jose Rivera’s, Sueño in 2018. Also in 2018, Mark-Anthony was a finalist in the World War II Museum’s Stage Door Idol Competition.

Mark-Anthony received his Master of Music from Loyola University New Orleans, studying with internationally acclaimed artist, Luretta Bybee.

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