2015-2016 Choral Auditions and Voice Placement Hearings

MusicFest

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 and Voice Placement Hearing Dates

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

Auditions and placement hearings are held in the Music & Drama Center Gallery (LL35)

  • Wednesday, September 9, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Carleton Choir, Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons
  • Thursday, September 10, 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Carleton Choir, Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons
  • Friday, September 11, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
    Carleton Choir, Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons
  • Monday, September 14, 11:00-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Carleton Choir, Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons
  • Tuesday, September 15, 11:00-4:00 p.m.
    Carleton Choir, Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons
    and
    5:15-6:45 p.m.
    Carleton Choir group auditions, by invitation
  • Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons / Carleton Choir auditions and call-backs as needed
  • Thursday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Jubilee Singers, Voice Lessons / Carleton Choir auditions and call-backs as needed
  • Winter and spring term auditions and hearings are scheduled as needed. Contact Professor Burnett to schedule an audition or hearing.

 Audition Procedures

Students interested in voice lessons and/or being in a choral ensemble -- Carleton Choir (Bella Cantemus, Men's Chorus) and Jubilee Singers -- must have musical and technical proficiencies assessed.

The Music Background Information Form must be completed before the audition/hearing.

Auditions/placement hearings are not designed to be stressful. For everyone, they include:

  • An interview to get acquainted with the student's general musical background, training and experiences (including, but not limited to choral and vocal performance, and other talents and interests.
  • Simple vocal exercises (scales and arpeggios) to assess vocal range.
  • Singing back a series of three to ten pitches (easy to difficult) to assess aural retention.

Carleton Choir auditions are extended to include:

  • Sight-singing a portion of a single line exercise and/or choral score to assess music reading skills. The piano may be used to study the exercise/choral score.
  • Singing a portion of an art song, operatic aria, musical theater piece or arranged folk song without the accompaniment to demonstrate artistic and technical skills and security of pitch and intonation. The piano may be used only to establish the starting pitch and tonality. A polished performance and memorization are not required.
  • A group audition for those who best complete the solo audition.