Monday, April 26, 2010

2010-2011 Traveling Choir Auditions

WLA Traveling Choir: Audition Requirements 2010-2011

When you come to your audition, be prepared to sing the steps A-F below. You’ll also be asked to sight-sing (step G), to test your level of musicianship. Please fill out the Audition Information Form and bring it to your scheduled audition time.

A. Sing a song of your choosing, unaccompanied. Announce the title and composer of your song and starting pitch (if you need one). Be prepared to sing the entire song, but you may be stopped during the song for the sake of time. Choose a song which highlights the vocal gifts God has given to you. It can be of any style.

B. Sing the first verse of America the Beautiful ("O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesty above the fruited plain. America, America, God shed his grace on thee and crowned thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea") in the key given for the voice type for which you are auditioning.

Soprano I: F (begin on C an octave above middle c)
Soprano II: E-flat (begin on B flat above middle c)
Alto I: A (begin on E above middle c)
Alto II: G (begin on D above middle c)
Tenor I: E (begin on B below middle c)
Tenor II: D (begin on A below middle c)
Bass I: B-flat (begin on F below middle c)
Bass II: F (begin on C below middle c)

C. Sing your voice part on The Lord Bless You and Keep You by Peter C. Lutkin.
Sing exercise #1 on "ah" (no initial consonants) in the manners indicated below, demonstrating your ability to sing different dynamic levels and articulations. You may repeat individual exercises if you wish.

Exercise 1 (MM=60)
a) mezzo-forte - legato
b) fortissimo - legato
c) piano - legato
d) forte - marcato
e) mezzo-forte - staccato

D. Sing exercise #2 on "ah", beginning in the key of F. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step higher, until you have reached the upper limit of your useful range.

Exercise 2 (MM=60) 

E. Sing exercise #3 on “AH”, beginning in the key of D, at the same tempo as exercise #2. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step lower, until you have reached the lower limit of your useful range.

Exercise 3 (MM=60)

F. At the audition you’ll be asked to sight-sing two different exercises to help determine your level of musicianship.

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