Last modified: August 1, 2022
Do I need to audition?
Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus don’t require an audition. Just sign up for the class on your preference form! If you want to be in Concert Choir, Aria, Chamber Singers, or A Cappella, you will need to audition for Mr. Speer.
How can I prepare for the audition?
Learn the melody of the Star-Spangled Banner. You should memorize it and be ready to perform on the day of the audition. If you’re auditioning for Chamber Singers, you should also learn a harmony part. Sopranos learn the Alto part and all other parts learn their own.
What happens in the audition?
A few quick exercises are done to determine the singer’s vocal range, and tonal memory. The student will then be invited to sing our prepared audition song (The Star-Spangled Banner). The conductor may have the student sing portions of the song in different keys to determine the most comfortable range for the singer.
Are auditions scary?
They don’t have to be! I just need to hear your voice and get a sense of your singing ability. If you are nervous, I recommend preparing thoroughly and taking deep breaths. Your family can come into the audition too, if you want.
If I don’t get into the choir I wanted, am I a bad singer?
Not at all. One of the hardest parts of being a choir teacher is deciding each year who will fill in the spots of the auditioned choirs. There are so many qualified singers, and often there are more qualified singers than there are spots. All of you have wonderful voices and contribute to each choir that you are in. I hope that each of you will continue with the choirs regardless of the outcome of auditions.