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Audition for a Vocal Ensemble

Auditions can bring anxiety. Please think of this time as an opportunity to visit with the choral faculty and determine what kind of singing you want to be doing and how much time you would like to commit. Remember, we want you to sing with us.

If you would like to be a member of the EMU MEN'S CHOIR, MUSC 135  ,  EMU WOMEN'S CHOIR, MUSC 134  or EMU Express, MUSC 177 simply register and show up on the first day of class. These ensembles are open to all students, faculty and staff. Just go to your emich account and register.  

THE EMU CHOIR, MUSC 131  requires an audition and is a year-long commitment. There are some exceptions to this rule so it never hurts to contact Dr. Johnson to express your interest.  

  • How do I set up an audition?
    • Stop by the choral rehearsal room (Alexander 109) the first week of class to sign up for a audition time.
    • Prepare one piece to sing for the audition.
    • Show up a few minutes early in Room 109 Alexander Building at the agreed upon audition time.
    • Fill out the provided audition sheet.
  • Your audition will includeSmile
    • Vocalization and range check
    • Tonal memory
      • The conductor will play a few pitches on piano, you sing them
    • Your prepared pieces
      • Select a piece that you believe shows off your best vocal quality.
      • It does not have to be an art song. It can be in any style you choose
      • You may choose accompanied music but no pianist is provided and you will be asked to sing a cappella
      • Your prepared piece does not need to be memorized
    • Sight-singing
      • Don't worry, just do your best
      • Solfege is not required but suggested

The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources