Grinnell Singers Audition

Grinnell Singers Audition Information

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Grinnell Singers Auditions:
Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, room 152
Monday, August 26, 3:30-5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 27, 3:30-5:00 pm
Wednesday, August 28, 7:00-8:00 pm (new students) and 8:00-9:00 pm (returning students)
Thursday, August 29, 4:15-6:00 pm and 7:00-8:30 pm
Friday, August 30 10:00 am-12:00 noon and 4:15-6:00 pm

All returning students are required to complete an individual audition. We need to complete these auditions for returning students before the callbacks on Saturday, so we will need the cooperation of the returning students in fitting in all of these individual appointmsents in on the Thursday and Friday of the first week of the semester. 

Callback group auditions:
Sebring-Lewis Hall
Saturday, August 31

10:00 am-11:00 am altos
11:00-12:00 noon sopranos
1:00-2:00 pm basses
2:00-3:00 pm tenors

Please fill out the information sheet provided online prior to the audition. The ten-minute individual audition will consist of:

  • Singing one of the two sight-reading selections. You will have the opportunity to practice the two pieces ahead of time. The two pieces are "The Hare and the Tortoise" from Aesop's Fables by Bob Chilcott, mm. 33-102, and "o nata lux" by Thomas Talliss. PDFs of these two pieces are provided on this website.
  • Singing back short melodies played on the piano (testing tonal memory)
  • Testing your range using a simple pattern, such as 1-5-4-3-2-1 on "ee" and "ah" vowels. The pattern will move up and down by half steps.
  • Optionally, you may sing a prepared piece up to three minutes long. It is helpful to hear how you sound when you're singing a piece that you know well. Any style is acceptable -- whatever allows you to show your musical and vocal personality. Again, this is optional; it is perfectly ok if you don't have a prepared piece.