Spring 2018 Auditions will be held on Monday, January 15th at 5 pm in McNeir Auditorium.
Below is an outline of the audition process
After warm up, we teach everyone a blending exercise to perform later. You then sign up for a 10-minute individual slot. So far we have not have been “auditioning,” just introducing ourselves and establishing the schedule. Please arrive on time though so you can learn the blending exercise.
During your individual audition, we will find your vocal range by asking you to sing a simple scale as high and then as low as you can. Please go at any comfortable speed and take breaths when necessary.
Several “sing-backs” are next: we play a short sequence of notes on the piano, and ask you to sing them back to us. This is a pitch exercise to check your skill at hearing and reproducing specific notes well.
Then you will sing the exercise taught earlier with two of us, to hear your voice blend with others. We will briefly review this; it’s not about memorization. The emphasis is on “blend,” i.e., matching our pitch, tone, pronunciation, and volume, and limiting anything that makes you stand out, such as vibrato.
Finally, you will perform the rock/pop/R&B solo that you have prepared (just a verse and a chorus, more or less, in the interest of time). If you like, we can play a starting note on the piano. Try to pick a fairly well-known song, because it helps us if we are familiar with it beforehand. If you are concerned about song choice, you can email us. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the best aspects of your voice.
Afterwards we might ask you a few more questions. It may sound like a lot, but it’s really not so bad – just 10 minutes! So don’t feel nervous; we want you to do well as much as you do! 🙂 Callbacks information will be posted shortly after primary auditions.