2015-2016 Choral Auditions and Voice Placement Hearings


MusicFest is an information session for all students interested in music department ensembles, private lessons and classroom courses.

  • Wednesday, September 9
    3:00-4:30 p.m.
    Music & Drama Center (MDRC) - Concert Hall

Choral Audition Dates

Reserve an audition time online at go.carleton.edu/z65, beginning Tuesday, September 9

Auditions are held in the Music & Drama Center (MDRC) - Gallery

  • Wednesday, September 9
    5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 10
    12:00-1:30 p.m. and 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 11
    12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 14
    11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 15
    11:00-4:00 p.m. (Last day to be considered for the Carleton Choir)
    5:15-6:45 p.m. (Carleton Choir group audition by invitation)
  • Wednesday, September 16
    11:00-3:00 p.m. (Jubilee Singers and Voice Placement Hearings only)
  • Thursday, September 17
    11:00-2:00 p.m. (Jubilee Singers and Voice Placement Hearings only)

Winter and spring term auditions are scheduled as needed. Use one of the forms at <https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/music/choir/contact/> to contact the choral director/voice studios coordinator. 

 Audition Procedures

Complete the Personal Information Form before your audition time.

Students interested in joining one of the choral ensemble -- Carleton Choir (Bella Cantemus, Men's Chorus) and/or Jubilee Singers -- must have musical and technical proficiencies evaluated.

Auditions are not designed to be stressful. In general, they include:

  • An interview to get acquainted with the student's musical background, experiences, and other talents and interests.
  • Simple vocal exercises (scales and arpeggios).
  • Singing back a series of three to ten pitches (easy to difficult) to demonstrate aural retention.
  • Sight-singing a portion of an exercise or choral score for assessment of music reading skills. (Carleton Choir only)

Carleton Choir auditions will be extended to include:

  • Singing a prepared art song, operatic aria, musical theater piece or well-crafted folk song -- unaccompanied -- to demonstrate security of pitch and intonation and artistic and technical skills. Memorization is not required. The piano may be used to establish the starting pitch and tonality.
  • A group audition for those who best complete the solo audition.