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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Auditions 4

While at the Chorus America/NPAC conference in Denver, a group of conductors talked about auditions. Some additional ideas for auditioning:

- using excerpts from standard repertoire that all singers have to prepare (e.g. "And He Shall Purify" from Messiah to show ability with coloratura)

- conduct singer in an assigned excerpt to see how they follow/react to conductor

- additional exercises for ear testing: playing chords or clusters and asking singer to sing the middle pitch played

- do sight-reading in a quartet (you'd have a returning quartet on tap--new singers would replace one of the members and read)

- language: have 4-5 excerpts in different languages for the auditionee to read out loud


discorax said...

Wow, I'm really going to have to get my vocal technique back into shape when I return to singing. I was reading through your audition notes and they really put the singers through the paces!

The Messiah excerpt is familiar at least since I sing that every Christmas :)

- Ryan Davidson

Richard said...

Hey, Ryan! Not EVERYONE does all this stuff (and neither do I).

Hope you do get to do some singing at some point.

All the best,