Choir Auditions

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Update for the 2021–2022 Academic Year

Our ensembles are committed to providing meaningful and educational experiences. Rehearsals and performances will return to pre-COVID practices (with possible exceptions) and are subject to change as health and safety guidelines evolve throughout the academic year.

Our Choirs

After a year of being limited to virtual choral experiences, our choirs are excited to return to in-person rehearsals, performance, fellowship and service to our communities. 

Each of our choirs is open to ALL students, regardless of their major. Placement is by audition for Chorale, Women's Glee Club, Men's Glee Club and University Chorus.


JOIN US! We are excited to make music together again!


Auditions for Autumn 2021

Auditions will be held the week of August 23, but vary for each choir. Check the schedules and sign-up instructions carefully.

This Choir Audition Form must be completed by ALL auditioning students prior to their audition.

Choir Audition Form

Instructions for each choir are posted below.


Chorale

Conductor, Robert Bode

AUDITION DAYS

Aug. 23 for returning singers — Aug. 24 for new singers

WHAT TO EXPECT

Be prepared to perform:

  • A prepared solo — a pianist will be provided. The song should be classical in style and should demonstrate the qualities that you most want to highlight in your audition (range, legato, expressiveness etc.). Either English or foreign language is acceptable. Please bring a copy of the song for the pianist. You may use music, as well.
  • A tonal memory test — Dr. Bode will play five pitches on the piano and ask you to sing them back to him.

Chorale Sign-Ups


Women's Glee Club

Conductor, Jordan Saul

AUDITION DAYS

Aug. 24, 25 and 27 

WHAT TO EXPECT 

Be prepared to perform:

  • Sight-reading, aural recall, vocalizing (provided)
  • A solo of your choice (1–2 minutes)

WOMEN'S GLEE CLUB SIGN-UPS


Men's Glee Club

Conductor,  Robert J. Ward

AUDITION DAYS

Aug. 24–28 and Aug. 30

WHAT TO EXPECT

Be prepared to perform:

  • Scales and short melodies — to test range and demonstrate voice quality
  • An unaccompanied melody — a patriotic tune or hymn tune (words provided)
  • Melodic retention exercise — sing back short melodic patterns
  • Rhythmic exercise — clap or sing rhythmic patterns in common meters
  • Sight reading — both rhythms and pitches

Men's Glee Club Sign-Ups


University Chorus

Conductor,  Robert J. Ward

AUDITION DAYS

Aug. 24–28 and Aug. 30

WHAT TO EXPECT

Be prepared to perform:

  • Scales and short melodies — to test range and demonstrate voice quality
  • An unaccompanied melody — a patriotic tune or hymn tune (words provided)
  • Melodic retention exercise — sing back short melodic patterns
  • Rhythmic exercise — clap or sing rhythmic patterns in common meters
  • Sight reading — both rhythms and pitches

University Chorus sign-ups


Gospel and Spiritual Choir

Conductor, Milton Vaughn Ruffin

Gospel Choir is a non-auditioned group for students of all majors who enjoy or are curious about singing gospel music. Singers develop skills within the framework of a strong aural tradition and explore techniques of improvisation as well. The group rehearses a wide variety of gospel literature and performs for the Columbus community at least once per semester. Course details and more are posted on the Jazz Ensembles page via the following link:

Gospel and Spiritual Choir information


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