2016 Audition Information
Choir Auditions for 2016-2017
Students who will be joining Lawrence University in the Fall will have New Student Auditions on September 8-9, 2016 in the Conservatory West Offices.
Who can audition?
Anyone! Ensemble members in our four choirs represent all academic areas and involve a variety of domestic and international students. There is an ensemble that will be the perfect fit for you.
Concert Choir and Cantala Women’s Choir
• challenging and rewarding literature from a variety of periods and cultures
• superb singers from across the United States
• nationally recognized excellence in choral performance
Mondays/Wednesdays 3:15-4:15, Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:35-5:35
• variety of literature including performance of a choral masterwork with orchestra
• No experience required, no formal audition needed. High level of music-making, but open to anyone.
• mixed, small ensemble comprised of 8-16 singers with rhythm section
• wide variety of musical styles (jazz, early music, world music, original compositions)
Do all the choirs have the same audition?
Concert Choir and Cantala have a full ‘advanced audition’ procedure, as described below. All incoming vocal performance and choral music education majors are expected to prepare for this audition, and any incoming student interested in singing with an advanced ensemble is welcome to prepare this. You do not have to be in the Conservatory to be in these ensembles.
Viking Chorale doesn’t have a formal audition, but rather a brief meeting with the professors to get to know you and to confirm your best vocal range.
Hybrid Ensemble has an audition specific to jazz singing and is run by Prof. Swan – please see below for the Hybrid audition materials.
How do I sign up for an audition?
New students, your audition link will be posted in August.
Returning students, click here.
For Hybrid Ensemble, please email Prof. Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are auditioning for our advanced choirs, here's a quick guide to the process:
1. Please see this rubric so you know what we're listening for! Choir Audition Rubric 2016
2. Vocalizations : We’ll begin with vocalizations throughout your range. We’re listening to see both the upper and lower extensions of your range, but equally importantly, how comfortably you move through your voice and where your voice seems to lie most happily.
3. Tessitura : We’ll ask you to sing “My Country, 'Tis of Thee” in a variety of keys. We are looking to confirm our impressions of your ideal voice-range in the choral setting.
4. Preparation: 2016-17 Choral Excerpt Please be prepared to sing the selection on your voice-part. We will establish the key and give you your starting note, but you will sing it unaccompanied. Please learn measures 17-34: Grave tempo: quarter-note=60; Allegro tempo: quarter-note=120.
5. Tonal recall: We will play a series of four or five notes, and then ask you to sing them back on [la]. We will continue with progressively more difficult patterns of four and five notes. This gives us a chance to assess your listening/hearing skills.
6. Rhythmic Reading: We will ask you to clap out a given line of music, and then continue with progressively more difficult passages.
7. Sight-singing: We will ask you to sing a given line of music in whatever way works best for you – whether that is Solfege or ‘la la la’ or something else is entirely your choice. We will continue with progressively more difficult passages.
[If you are auditioning for Viking Chorale, just bring yourself!]