Tips for your choir audition

Tips for your choir audition - example video

  • Ensure you choose an audition song that best displays the beauty of your choir - sing a ballad
  • Simple repertoire performed well is better than difficult repertoire performed poorly
  • While two-part repertoire is encouraged, your choir's unison blend is the most important factor
  • Choirs should sing with energy, but should never yell; lost voices (droners) will disadvantage your choir
  • Treble choirs should be encouraged to use a clear, well-supported head-voice without sounding breathy
  • Vowels should be uniform and round - opening the mouth and dropping the jaw in a relaxed fashion will create a full, mature sound
  • Video THIS year's ensemble as the audition for NEXT year's performing ensemble (contact Ian Jefferson for clarification)

Each choir is evaluated using the following criteria:

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  2. Tone
  3. Phrasing
  4. Pitch
  5. Rhythm
  6. Dynamics
  7. Harmony
  8. Lyrics (clarity/crispness)
  9. Song choice (appropriate?)
  10. Discipline

Tips for recording your choir audition

  • Improve your choir's pitch by ensuring they can hear the accompaniment clearly - turn playback speakers towards the choir and ...
  • ... ensure the accompaniment doesn't overwhelm the sound of your choir
  • camera should be on a tripod or held still (single-shot only, with no panning or zooming required)
  • There should be no pre-recorded vocals on the accompaniment track
  • Movement/choralography is not required on the audition