Open House

Saturday, September 16th

Campus Club Den, 10-11PM

 

We will be holding auditions for the Fall ’18 Semester on

Monday 9/18 – Woolworth (Room 104)
Tuesday 9/19 – Woolworth (Room 101)
Wednesday 9/20 – Woolworth (Room 101)

– SIGN UP HERE VIA WASS!

If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to our

Publicity Chair, Ming Wilson (mxw2@princeton.edu)

or President Sadie Van Vranken (svranken@princeton.edu).

In the meantime, check out this timeless teaser from a music video we made last year that really remains appropriate for all audition seasons, and read on for more info on what the audition process is like!

 

Our audition consists of two parts – the first round focuses on your individual voice while the second is directed towards your voice within the ensemble. See details below.

The Initial Audition:

  • Scales: First we’ll sing through a few scales together to get you warmed up. Then we’ll guide you through a few on your own to get a sense of your range.
  • Swells: A swell is an exercise where you start as softly as possible on a given note, slowly increase to your fullest volume and then slowly return to the initial volume. We’ll try a few swells to test your vocal power and control.
  • Pitch-matching: We’ll first play several series of three or four notes and ask you to sing them back to us. We’ll then play some chords and ask you to identify particular notes in them (top, middle and bottom). The ability to listen to a pitch and match it with your voice is especially valuable in an a cappella group!
  • Sight-reading: We will give you a short melody and ask you to sight sing it. Don’t worry if this is not your forte! This is only one of many opportunities to show us your musical abilities.
  • Prepared Solo: This is your chance to shine! Pick a song that you’re comfortable with (and we mean any song — it doesn’t have to be “Christian!”) , relax and show us your beautiful voice. We can’t wait to hear you!

We will let you know on the night of your initial audition whether you have been called back for part two, and if so, we will also arrange a short individual workshop session with you to help you prepare.

Callbacks:

Having determined your voice part in the initial audition, in callbacks we will help you learn one of our arrangements according to your part. Then, along with the others auditioning, we’ll put it all together and appreciate the potential color that is added to the group. In callbacks we ask that you sing clearly – not too loud and not too soft – while focusing on how your voice harmoniously fits into the larger sound. It truly is surreal when individual voices humbly come together to produce an even greater result, and surely there’s a spiritual lesson here!

Afterwards, it’s a night of long, difficult decision-making for us and hopefully a night of peaceful rest for you as you prayerfully trust God’s good will in the decision.