Solo Audition Procedures and Results

  •  Audition Process

    First Round

      1. On Tuesday of Summer Choir Week, 15 minutes after the rehearsal ends, you will sing a section of your chosen song for your ensemble directors.  
      2. Before your audition you will work with the accompanist (or your private voice teacher) to pick 16 measures (approximately) that you can sing for your first audition.  
      3. You must have a copy of your sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist on Tuesday.  
      4. Your teachers will recommend students who meet the GPSC standard to move on to the second round.  You will receive an email with the first round results sometime Tuesday afternoon.

    Second Round

      1. On Wednesday of Summer Choir Week, 15 minutes after rehearsal ends, the students chosen to continue in the auditions will sing their entire solo for the full staff of GPSC.  This will take place in the auditorium with microphones and lights.
      2. Before your audition you will be given a chance to rehearse and coach with your accompanist.  
      3. You must have a copy of your sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. (This is standard at ALL auditions unless otherwise specified.)
      4. The GPSC staff will choose several solos to be performed during the evening concerts.  You will receive an email with the results sometime Wednesday afternoon.

    Coaching

      1. On Thursday you may be asked to meet with a vocal coach that is provided by the workshop.  
      2. Your piece may be shortened due to time restrictions.  

    Sheet Music

    1. You must have a copy of your sheet music.  This cannot be on a tablet or other device.  It does not matter if you have the song memorized.  The accompanist needs your music.
    2. Here are some websites where you can buy sheet music.  There’s often a version labeled “Piano/Vocal/Guitar” which is good to learn from.  
      1. https://www.sheetmusicplus.com
      2. https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/en-US/
      3. https://www.jwpepper.com
    3. You will have to pay money for your sheet music unless you are given it by a teacher.  Printing pictures of the music you find on Google is actually a copyright violation and we can’t condone that.  
    4. Unless the song is intended to be acapella you must use piano (or other) accompaniment.  A recorded accompaniment (no vocals) could be acceptable for the first audition (at the director’s discretion) but not for the second audition or the performances.  

    How to prepare:

    1. If you are taking private voice lessons, your teacher will definitely help you prepare. Start early!  
    2. Ask your music teacher!  If you start the Spring before GPSC, your teacher will have time to help you and you likely will be very prepared.  
    3. Make sure you are not singing along with a recording that includes a professional singer.  You might be surprised how hard it is to sing without them once you’re used to having that support.  

    Repertoire Selection -- How to choose music:

    1. Choose:
      1. Songs that were originally written for or sung by children.  
      2. Songs with a manageable range -- check the highest and lowest notes.  How do you sound singing them? If you miss the high or low note, the answer from an audition panel is almost always “no.”  If a song sits low in your range, it may “feel” easy to you but it doesn’t tend to impress judges.
      3. Folk Songs and Art Songs.  Musical Theater and American Standard are also good genres.  Popular Music written in the last few years is a less effective choice.  
    2. Avoid: 
      1. Songs that were originally sung by adults and/or that express intense adult emotions.  
      2. Songs that are specific to a particular age, gender, or cultural background that would make your performance less believable.  
      3. Songs with words that could not be said in an animated children's movie.  
      4. Songs you sang as part of a Choir in a school concert last year -- unless you get a different solo arrangement of it.  
      5. Overdone/Cliche Songs. If you'd like to know if a song falls in this category, ask your music teacher.