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Auditions

(Judges Face The Students – The Auditions Are Not “Blind”)

  • All Students must print, complete and bring their student audition form from www.auditionforms.com to the auditions.

  • Failure To Present The Form At The Registration Table, Will Render You Ineligible To Audition!

  • If you are accepted to the Chorus, this form will be retained for signatures and emergency information.

Part 1: Tonal Patterns (Scales and Arpeggios)

  • All pitches are digitally produced on the audition CD. The keys (starting notes) for the tonal patterns for each voice part are given in the table below.

  • All tonal patterns are to be sung legato, on the syllable ‘ah’. All notes should be of equal length, except that the last note may be held slightly.

  • All tonal patterns are to be sung at a moderately slow tempo of about MM=80 for each note. The tempo will not be given by the judge. After the CD plays the pitch, the student will start singing by him/herself.

  • The tonal patterns will be sung in the following order:

    • Low Major Scale: All singers sing a descending scale, starting on the top note. Sing down the scale, take a breath, and beginning on the octave below, sing up the scale to the starting note.

    • High Major Scale: Sing up the major scale to the octave above, take a breath, and beginning on the octave above, sing down the scale to the starting note.

    • Chromatic Scale: Sing up the chromatic scale to the fifth above by half steps, a total of 8 notes, take a breath, and beginning on the fifth above, sing down the chromatic scale to the starting note.

    • Arpeggio: Sing the notes of the major triad, starting with the root, then the third, fifth, octave, tenth, and back down to the octave, fifth, third, and root, in one breath. For a starting note of C, the notes would be C-E-G-high C-high E, high C-G-E-C. If the arpeggio begins on a note too low for a Tenor 1 only, the student may be allowed to start on a higher note and only sing the octave.

Part 2: Quartet

  • Each student will sing from memory his/her part in the selected quartet excerpt. Copies of the quartet excerpt with performance instructions are enclosed.

  • The students will be accompanied by a tape recording of the other three voice parts and accompaniment if applicable. A CD recording of all four parts, similar to the CD that will be used in the audition rooms will be played in the warm-up room.

  • If the quartet is unaccompanied, the pitch and starting cue will be given on the CD. The judges will not conduct or give the pitch or any cues to the student. The pitch given on the CD will be the tonic note of the first chord. This may not be the first note for each voice part. Part of the singer’s preparation is to secure his/her starting note, given the tonic.

  • If the quartet is accompanied, the student will secure his/her starting note from the instrumental introduction.

  • Students may not bring music.

  • A singer who gets a false start on a tonal pattern or the quartet may be granted a second chance by the judges. A false start may be penalized, however the decision will be left up to the judges. Remain consistent throughout the evening.

  • No second chance is given for wrong notes or missed entrances within the quartet after the initial entrance. Be consistent throughout the audition process.

Part 3: Tonal Memory

  • The student will be given a sheet of music with several numbered examples. Each example will be written in both treble and bass clefs, and the student may read either.

  • The judge will play a CD recording in which the example is played twice on the piano. After hearing the example played twice, the student will, using the music, sing it on the syllable ‘la’ for each note, at the same pitch and tempo, and with the same rhythm as played on the tape recording.

  • The examples begin and end on the tonic. Therefore, the students will not receive a starting note, but will be expected to begin singing immediately following completion of the second playing.

  • A singer who gets a false start on a tonal pattern or the quartet may be granted a second chance by the judges. A false start may be penalized, however the decision will be left up to the judges. Remain consistent throughout the evening.

  • NOTE: The tonal memory portion of the audition will be administered in a separate room. Students may complete the tonal memory audition either before or after the Scales and Quartet.

  • NOTE: Solfegé is permitted. Students will not be marked down for incorrect solfegé syllables, only incorrect pitches and/or rhythms.

Scoring Rubrics

  • Students are judged on: vocal quality, pitch, range, expression, dynamics, accuracy, preparedness, diction, breath control, etc.

  • Students are judged only on accuracy. Credit is given for each measure completely correct.