2014-2015 Choral Auditions


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

  • Wednesday, September 10
    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) - Choral Rehearsal Room

  • Wednesday, September 10
    5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 11
    12:00-1:30 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 12
    12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 15
    11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 16
    11:00-4:00 p.m. (Last day to be considered for the Carleton Singers)
  • Wednesday, September 17
    11:00-3:00 p.m.
    4:30-6:00 p.m. (Carleton Singers group auditions)
  • Thursday, September 18
    11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 19
    11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Week Two audition dates and times will be posted, as needed, at go.carleton.edu/z65.

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 -- Bella Cantemus, Men's Chorus and Carleton 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).
  • Sight-singing a portion of an exercise or choral score for assessment of music reading skills.
  • Singing back a series of three to ten pitches (easy to difficult) to demonstrate aural retention.

Carleton Singers 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.