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 during advising days and registration through the last day of classes.


 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.