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University Singers: MUS 106   (Meets MWF 1:00-1:50pm & T/Th 12:30-1:45pm in Browne 130)

Auditions are Monday, January 13, 2020 from 12:00-4:30pm – Sallee 202

  • To sign up for an audition, please click here. **If you need to audition for a Vocal Jazz audition please sign up for two consecutive 4-minute time slots.**
  • If you did not audition in the fall of 2019, please fill out the audition information form.

Audition Format: Individual 4-minute audition with the following components:

  1. Perform vocal exercises to display vocal range, vocal technique (associated with multiple styles of repertoire), and responsiveness to instruction and feedback.
  2. Sight-read both rhythmic and melodic patterns (in separate room)
  3. Singing your most comfortable voice part, provide yourself with a starting pitch and perform the prepared excerpt a cappella.

Selection Criteria:

  • Vocal quality choice/suitability and consistency (Does the vocal quality chosen/prepared match the stylistic components of the repertoire and remain consistent throughout the selection).
  • Musicianship skills (including elements of diction and expression).
  • Intonation (ability to sing in tune with oneself and others).
  • Pitch and rhythmic accuracy (including consistent tempo).


Vocal Jazz Ensemble: MUS 107  (Meets MWF from 12:00-12:50pm in Sallee 200)

Auditions are Monday, January 13, 2020 from 12:00-4:30pm – Sallee 202

  • To sign up for an audition, please click here**If you need to audition for a University Singers audition please sign up for two consecutive 4-minute time slots.**
  • An information sheet will be filled out at your audition.
  • See below to download the prepared piece and audition audio

Audition Format: Individual 4-minute audition with the following components

  1. Perform short vocal exercises using vocal jazz style to demonstrate range, vocal technique, etc.
  2. Sing your voice part in the prepared selection below along with the recorded piano accompaniment track
  3. OPTIONAL: Vocal improvisation/scatting over a medium-swing 12-bar blues in B-flat using the background track below. (If you have this skill, it may increase your chances for placement in the ensemble, but it is not required for selection.)

Selection Criteria:

  • Pitch/Rhythm Accuracy and Intonation (spot-on pitch that “locks” quickly and doesn’t waiver)
  • Vocal Tone (minimized vibrato, light and bright production with shimmer, conversational pronunciation)
  • Jazz Style (natural feel, jazz phrasing and inflection)
  • Sight-Reading Ability
  • Vocal Improvisation Ability (optional)
  • Ability to Receive Instruction, Flexibility, and Cooperative Spirit     


Concert Choir: MUS 105
 
(Meets MWF from 2:00-2:50pm in Browne 130)

Non-auditioned; simply come to the first class meeting on Wed., January 15, 2020, 2:00-2:50pm!

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