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2013-2014 Choral Auditions and Applied Vocal Music Placement Hearings


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

  • Wednesday, September 11
    3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Music & Drama Center Concert Hall

Choral Audition and Applied Voice Placement Hearing Times and Location

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  • Wednesday, September 11
    5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
    Music & Drama Center Gallery
  • Thursday, September 12
    12:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Music & Drama Center Gallery
  • Friday, September 13
    12:00-5:00 P.M.
    Music & Drama Center Gallery
  • First class week
      See posted times for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Music & Drama Center Gallery

Carleton Choir auditions and Applied Voice placement hearings for winter and spring terms are by appointment towards the end of the previous terms.



If you’d like to join one of the choral ensembles or take voice lessons, please complete the Personal Information Form.

Students interested in singing in a Music Department choral ensemble and/or registering for applied voice lessons must have musical and technical proficiencies evaluated.

Audition and placement hearings 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 a selected score and/or exercise for assessment of music reading skills.

Students auditioning for the Carleton Choir may articulate interest in being considered for the Carleton Singers. The audition will be extended to include:

  • Singing back a series of three to ten pitches (easy to difficult) to demonstrate aural retention.
  • Singing an art song, operatic aria, musical theater piece or well-crafted folk song. After establishing the starting pitch and key, the selection will be performed without the accompaniment, to demonstrate security of pitch and intonation. Choose music that can be performed comfortably to best reveal stylistic and vocal skills. 
  • A second, group audition for those who best complete the solo audition.