The audition is split up into two parts: a solo section and a technical section. First, the singer must choose one of any song of their choosing as long as it evidences your skill set. Four pieces that are good options are listed below, however, these are not required pieces and the piece can be classical, musical theatre or even a child’s nursery rhyme providing it shows you can hold a tune. This solo shall be judged on such details as tone quality, technique, intonation, accuracy, diction, and musicality. Second, the singer must prove their technical skills by means of a scale singing exercise. Please view below for details.
The example solo pieces are: Caro mio ben, Pavarotti; I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly, Purcell; Ich liebe dich, Beethoven; and Where’er You Walk, Handel. They can be found in the correct key for your voice part/register linked below. Furthermore, practice tracks are available to aid in the learning of these solos if you choose to sing these. If you need help learning one of these solos or want practice with live piano accompaniment, get in contact with the choir’s conductor.
The Solo Section: Links to the Scores
Please make use of the links below to access the scores of these example solo pieces as well as audio recordings to help you learn them if you choose to. You may also require the provided pronunciation guides if you are inexperienced with German or Italian singing diction.
The Technical Section
As for the technical part of the audition, it is required that the singer can showcase a few musical fundamentals. In order for this to be displayed, there will be a range test in which scales will also be used but you will be guided through this so don’t worry too much about it. Lastly, practice sight reading exercises can also be found if you wish to advance your sight reading skills.
The Bottom Line
If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact a member of the committee. Please note that NO PRIOR SINGING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. We are happy to help anyone, no matter the skill level, prepare for the audition. Please do not be at all frightened at the requirements.