Department of Music

Auburn University Choir Auditions

Choir Auditions

What, When & Where

Auditions for participation in the Spring 2018 Auburn University Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, Conductors’ Chorus, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus occur December 4-7. Students interested in AU Singers (show choir) should visit cla.auburn.edu/ausingers. All choirs are open to any entering, new, and current Auburn University undergraduate or graduate student, regardless of major or minor. Students can also participate in more than one choir during a single semester.

Auditions are 7-10 minutes in length and are held privately in 114 Goodwin Music Building. Visit https://www.remind.com/join/auchoi to subscribe to text updates about choir auditions and to access the online signup page.

Prior to the audition, students should enroll in the choir(s) for which they plan to audition when possible (see “Course Enrollment” below). For more information, email choirs@auburn.edu or call 334-844-3166.

Sign up for an audition time

Sign up for an audition time at this url: https://goo.gl/forms/fsC1kxQsjFHND0H93

Audition Requirements

SOLO

Students are expected to prepare a solo for the audition. The limited audition time might only allow for up to 60 seconds of the song. Piano, accompanist, CD player, line-in cable, and USB port are available if needed

Note: Each student should prepare a song written specifically for solo voice. Students auditioning for Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus, or Men’s Chorus should prepare an art song, aria, solo hymn or spiritual arrangement, or a suitable substitute. Students auditioning for the Gospel Choir should prepare a gospel song. While other sources are perfectly acceptable and encouraged, students may choose from this list of possible song suggestions.

SIGHT READING

Except for Gospel Choir auditions, students will sight read an 8-measure melody.

EXPRESSION

During the solo, there should be observable evidence of expression from the singer, both physically and vocally. The expression should be appropriate for the style of music being sung. Auditions for the Gospel Choir might also include movement (namely, clapping and swaying in rhythm while singing).

 

OTHER CRITERIA

Auditions for Chamber Choir might also require students to sing scales (major, minor, chromatic, and/or whole tone)

*Note:  Students should be prepared to sing any of the scales indicated above while the same scale is being played simultaneously on the piano, but in a different key.  For more information on scales, visit http://method-behind-the-music.com/theory/scalesandkeys. Students are also encouraged to view Two Minute Music Theory videos on YouTube for help with understanding music notation.

Course Enrollment

Students should enroll in the choral ensemble course(s) for which they plan to audition PRIOR to the audition.  During the Camp War Eagle academic advisement sessions, incoming students should submit the information of their preferred choral course(s) (listed below) to their advisors when making a course schedule. Be sure to let the advisor know that you have permission to enroll in the course prior to the audition.

While prior course enrollment does not guarantee participation in any given choral ensemble, it ensures that the student’s class schedule avails him/her for participation in a preferred choral group.  Early enrollment in choral courses also helps to facilitate important announcements to potential members of each individual ensemble, and it provides the instructor an estimate of the anticipated class size and personnel when preparing course materials. Course numbers and other class information are listed below. Students will receive one hour of academic credit per group, per semester. In most cases, students will be notified of the status of their audition at the conclusion of their individual audition, or through e-mail by the first day of classes.

MUSE 1170 – Gospel Choir (CRN 13815)
MW, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Dr. William Powell – william.powell@auburn.edu - (334) 844-3166

*MUSE 1180 – Women's Chorus (CRN 13818)
MWF, 1:00-1:50 p.m.

*MUSE 1190 – Men’s Chorus (CRN 13821)
MWF, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Dr. William Powell – william.powell@auburn.edu - (334) 844-3166

*Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus combine on Fridays to rehearse as the Concert Choir.

MUSE 1240 – Chamber Choir (CRN 13824)
MF, 2:00-2:50 p.m.; TR, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. William Powell – william.powell@auburn.edu - (334) 844-3166

MUSE 1310 – Conductors’ Chorus (CRN 13830)
MW, 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Dr. William Powell – william.powell@auburn.edu - (334) 844-3166

University Singers (Show Choir)

Auditions for the Auburn University Singers occur during Camp War Eagle Sessions and in August prior to the first day of fall classes. Visit http://cla.auburn.edu/ausingers/auditions for more information on auditions and to register online.

Social Media

https://m.facebook.com/AuburnUniversityChoirs/
https://www.twitter.com/@auburnchoirs

 

Last Updated: November 15, 2017