Audition

Audition

Audition Information

 

General Information


* Those interested in learning more about the audition process for our graduate program in choral conducting should look under at the Graduate Studies page. *

ALL students, regardless of major or class year, are welcome to audition for a choral ensemble!  When audition week arrives, a link will be posted below for you to sign up for auditions online.  Please sign up for the earliest available time to ensure that there are enough spaces for all singers.  Information about the ensembles, rehearsal times, and the yearly concert schedule will be available next on the Choral Board in Dalton Center and throughout this website.  Please familiarize yourself with the schedule, particularly concert dates and times, to avoid scheduling conflicts.  Fall auditions are generally held in room 1116 (Rehearsal Room A – Choral) or the Recital Hall of the Dalton Center. In the spring semester, they are held in 1720 (Dr. Adams' office).

Choral Ensemble auditions for University Chorale and Cantus Femina occur at the beginning of every fall semester.  Collegiate Singers, Collegium, and Grand Chorus auditions occur before every fall and spring semester. 

Fall Semester Auditions are held for one week before classes start.
Spring Semester Auditions are held in December and early January.

Fall 2014 Audition Information

Fall 2014 Choral Auditions for University Chorale, Cantus Femina, Collegiate Singers, Grand Chorus and Collegium will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, August 28, 2014 (Dalton Recital Hall)
Friday, August 29, 2014 (Dalton Recital Hall)
Sunday, August 31, 2014 (Dalton 1116)
Monday, September 1, 2014 (Dalton 1116)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (Dalton Recital Hall)
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (will not be posted and only used if needed)

Callbacks for University Chorale and Cantus Femina will be from 6:00-9:00pm in Dalton 1116 on Wednesday, September 3.

Sign up for auditions here: https://wmuchoirs.youcanbook.me/

Grand Chorus auditions for the Grand Chorus - KSO spring collaboration of Mendelssohn's Elijah will be held in December of 2014 and January of 2015. Members of the college and community are invited to sing with Grand Chorus. For more information about Grand Chorus, please visit:Grand Chorus.

The Audition Process

Be sure to arrive a few minutes early to your audition in order to pick up and fill out an audition form. The audition, though short, will consist of several components:

  1. Solo Song
    Please prepare a short song to sing.  The piece should be range-appropriate and demonstrate the overall quality of your singing.  Voice majors must prepare a piece from their repertoire.  An accompanist will be provided, if needed.  Instrumentalists or non-majors may sing a folk song or patriotic song (such as "My Country ‘Tis of Thee”) as their representative piece. 
  2. Sight Reading
    Each student will be given short musical examples to read unaccompanied. A starting pitch will be given and you will have a short period to look over the example.
  3. Pitch Memory
    Each student will also be asked to sing some short tonal memory exercises
    The accompanist will play a series of four to six pitches and ask you to repeat them on your own.
  4. Range Exercises/Vocalises
    Some students may be asked to sing through a few simple vocalizes (“warm-up” sequences) so that the directors can get a more thorough understanding of their ranges and tone qualities.

Callbacks

Students interested in auditioning for University Chorale and Cantus Femina will also be required to learn a short choral excerpt in advance of the callbacks.  This music can be obtained from the Choral Studies bulletin board once the callback list is posted (24 hours in advance of callbacks). Callbacks this year will be:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:00-9:00pm (Dalton 1116)

Questions

We have a "Frequently Asked Questions" page which can be accessed on the left side menu or through this link: FAQ

Questions can be directed to Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams at:
Kimberly.Adams@wmich.edu 

 

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