|Category||1 (1-2) POOR||2 (3-4) AVERAGE||3 (5-6) GOOD||4 (7-8) EXCELLENT||5 (9-10) SUPERIOR|
|Tone Quality||Weak, poor tone production. Consistently unbalanced: either too pushed and harsh or weak and breathy.||Consistent tone production, but regularly in need of added freedom, flexibility, or focus||Overall good tone quality with some harshness, tensions, lack of freedom, or tonal inconsistency.||Excellent tone most of the time. Occasional lapses in tone in extreme ranges or dynamics||Superior tone most of the time. Even throughout the range, resonant, focused, vibrant, projecting|
|Intonation||Consistently flat or sharp most of the time.||Somewhat in tune for most of the time. Lapses occur outside of extreme ranges, dynamics, and diction challenges.||Good intonation but inconsistent, perhaps due to tensions across extreme ranges, dynamics or diction challenges.||Occasional pitch problems, perhaps due to tensions at particular ranges, dynamics or diction challenges.||Performs in tune in all ranges and dynamics. Some small lapses maybe present.|
|Style||Performance is stylistically incorrect/inaccurate through the whole piece.||Performance is little correct/accurate stylistic interpretation.||Peformance is stylistically correct/accurate some of the time.||Performance is stylistically correct/accurate most of the time.||Performance is stylistically correct/accurate all of the time.|
|Memorization/Collaboration||Singer forgets whole sections of a song with no attempt at recovery. Pianist is forced to cover for singer or provide other assistance in order to get to the end of the song.||Singer's performance is negatively affected by memory slips in a majority of the song; singer gets ahead of or behind pianist as a result.||Singer forgets a words or entrances and does not recover well; coordination with pianist suffers from singer error.||Slight memory lapses in words or entrances, from which the singer recovers well; mostly well-coordinated with pianist.||Memory is accurate throughout. The singer knows their entrances and the performance is well-coordinated with the pianist.|
|Song is nearly unrecognizable due to incorrect pitches and rhythms. Text may be largely incorrect or made up.||Many obvious errors in pitch, rhythm, and/or text||Some obvious pitch, rhythm, and/or text mistakes||Mostly accurate pitches, rhythms, and text. Small lapses present||Accurate pitches, rhythms, and text throughout|
|No connection to text/character. No stage presence to speak of.||Rarely demonstrates an understanding of text/character. Shows a lack of comfort on stage.||Somewhat confident, poised, yet lacking in dramatic/subtextual development. Has potential but lacks consistency, and could use more work on interpretation and stage presence.||Mostly confident, poised, and exhibits some dramatic/sub-textual development. |
Shows great potential on stage with an occasional lapse in commitment to text/character; there’s room for improvement
|Confident, poised, and exhibits detailed dramatic/subtextual development. Excellent command of the stage.|
|Breathing/Alignment||Body alignment is incorrect; there is a lot of visible tension and/or collapsing a majority of the time.|
Inhalation is noisy or insufficient.
Exhalation does not provide stability, and the singer often requires extra breaths to complete phrases.
|Body alignment is mostly incorrect, and there is visible tension and/or collapsing present most of the time. Inhalation is sometimes noisy and insufficient. Exhalation does not provide stability, and the singer may require extra breaths to complete phrases.||Body alignment is mostly correct, there is some visible tension or collapsing.|
Inhalation is sometimes easy and sufficient. Exhalation provides stability and support some of the time.
|Body alignment is correct a majority of the time, there is little to no visible tension or collapsing.|
Inhalation is silent, easy and sufficient most of the time. Exhalation provides support and balanced stability most of the time.
|Body alignment is correct; there is little to no visible tension.|
Inhalation is silent, easy and sufficient all of the time. Exhalation provides support and balanced stability.
|A complete lack of phrasing or dynamic contrast.||Minimal attempt to shape phrases. Some dynamic changes may be attempted.||Basic attempts to shape phrases. Some dynamic variation may be apparent.||Most phrases have a musical shape. Most dynamic markings executed appropriately (if within the singer's their technical ability).||All phrases have a musical shape and appropriate dynamic contrast.|
|Never clear with no command of foreign languages.||Rarely articulates the words and the text is not discernable; vey little command of foreign language||Regular lapses in accuracy and clarity. Common mispronounciations present.||Proper and consistent most of the time. Minor issues of clarity and/or mispronunciation; a few pronunciation issues in foreign languages||Clear, appropriate, accurate, and consistent. Text is always understandable; excellent command of all languages|
|Is totally unprepared for performance. Dressed inappropriately according to department guidelines (whole outfit). Loses composure before and after singing. Introduction nonexistent or incoherent. Interacts with pianist and panel in an immature manner not befitting a young professional.||Is not fully prepared to perform. Dressed mosly inappropriately according to department guidelines. Rarely displays confidence in body language before and after singing. Has a hesitant, faltering introduction. Interacts with pianist and panel in an immature manner not befitting a young professional.||Is prepared for performance. Dressed somewhat appropriately according to department guidelines. Conveys some confidence in body language before and after singing. Has a somewhat clear and confident introduction. Interacts with pianist and panel in a manner somewhat befitting a young professional.||Is prepared for performance, Dressed mostly appropriately according to department guidelines. Mostly conveys confidence in body language before and after singing. Has a mostly clear and confident introduction. Mostly interacts with pianist and panel in a manner befitting a young professional||Is fully prepared for performance. Dressed appropriately according to department guidelines. Conveys confidence in body language before and after singing, Has a clear and confident introduction. Interacts with pianist and panel in a manner befitting a young professional.|