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Choir Audition Procedures

Helpful tools to prepare for auditions:

Major solfege exercises

Kodaly Hand Sign Chart

Choir Audition Form

Con Spirito: Level 2

Auditions last about 10-minutes.  Students will do the following in their audition.

  • Students will echo short melodic patterns sung by the director.
  • Students will be asked to sing a scale ascending and descending on solfege.
  • Students will sight-sing a short selection.
  • Students will be asked to sing a short excerpt in two-part harmony with the director.
  • Students are asked to bring a song of their choice to perform. It may be a hymn, a patriotic song, or a piece the student has sung in choir.
    You may provide music for the director to view, an accompaniment using your device that connects to our speaker, bring an accompanist, or sing a cappella.
  • Students will be tested for basic music literacy by looking through a score with the director and answering questions about it.

Chorale: Level 2

Students usually move into this choir with no audition after completing Vocal Techniques.  However, some students may by-pass VT by taking and passing the Vocal Evaluation test. If passed, student will need to audition for a director to show their understanding of Kodaly hand signs, sight reading, music theory, and ear training.  Chorale auditions will be the same structure as Treble & Chamber Auditions.

TAPESTRY & CHAMBER CHOIR AUDITIONS: (Level 2+ & Level 3)

Auditions last about 10-minutes.  Students will do the following in their audition.

  • Sing a vocal exercise to determine range
  • Echo short pitch motives
  • Sing a major scale using Kodaly Handsigns (ex. Do, Do-Re-Do, Do-Re-Mi-Re-Do, etc. See hand sign chart at top of page.)
  • Sight Read (Determine key signature, time signature and starting solfege syllable)
  • Sing an art song, hymn, or short traditional song.  You may provide music for the director to view, an accompaniment using your device that connects to our speaker, bring an accompanist, or sing a cappella.

*How to prepare:  

  1. Study the solfege exercises on the top of this page
  2. Confidently know your solo
  3. Practice playing 3-4 random pitches (in your range) on a piano and sing them back
  4. Study the Vocal Evaluation Sheet at the top of the page
  5. Go to musictheory.net and practice identifying key signatures and where “Do” is for each key.  
  6. Study sight reading lessons from class

RESONANT JAZZ AUDITIONS: (Level 4)

Auditions last about 15-minutes.  Students will do the following in their audition.

  • Sing a vocal exercise to determine range
  • Echo jazz phrases on simple scat syllables, imitating vocal style of Mrs. Shannon
  • Sing a half-step (chromatic) scale
  • Sight Read (Determine key signature, time signature and starting solfege syllable)
  • Sing a jazz selection from memory. You may provide an accompaniment using your device connected to our speaker or bring an accompanist. It is better not to sing a cappella for this audition.

*How to prepare:  

  1. Study the half-step & scat exercises on the tafa.org site under…Current Students….Class Listening Assignments…..Resonant Jazz
  2. Confidently know your solo from memory and show vocal freedom
  3. Practice playing 3-4 random pitches (in your range) on a piano and sing them back
  4. Sing harmony over melody to EVERYTHING. Try to sing a part that others are not singing
  5. LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN to other great jazz musicians/vocalists
  6. Go to musictheory.net and practice identifying key signatures and where “Do” is for each key. Practice singing back intervals in the ear-training portion. Practice singing a chromatic scale. Learn the whole-tone scale for extra points!
  7. Review sight reading using lessons from class