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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Phyllis Treigle

Classical Vocal Department Chair Vocal
Work Phone: (504) 940-2830


Phyllis Treigle is a native of New Orleans and is the daughter of the great bass-baritone Norman Treigle. She holds a B.M. and M.M. from Loyola University and she made her professional debut with the New Orleans Opera Association in 1980. She has since appeared with this company several times, most notably as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in 1998. She was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the early 1980’s, and appeared in several roles with Houston Grand Opera. Miss Treigle has also appeared with the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dublin Grand Opera Society, Pittsburgh Opera, Sarasota Opera Association, and Wolf Trap Opera Company, among others. In 1997, Ms. Treigle portrayed the title role in the original version of Cherubini’s Médée, for Opera Quotannis, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, which was subsequently recorded by Newport Classic. Recent performing credits include the role of Dame Marthe Schwerlein in Faust and the role of Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana, with the New Orleans Opera Association in 2017. Ms. Treigle joined the faculty of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in 2001, and is the Department Chair of Vocal Music.

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