Thinking of joining a choir in your community? There may be a testing process that you must pass first. Here, Hayward, California audio teacher Molly R. Share her tips for success and chorus audition songs Suggestions…
How do I prepare for the Coral test?
sometimes chorus tests It can seem daunting with all their requirements: sight reading, chromatic memory, and range assessments. And oh yes, you have to choose the best chorus audition songs like that! But fear not, there are ways to make yourself confident on the big day. Here are some tips on how to prepare.
- select the right chorus audition songs.
- Hone your reading skills.
- Practice your periods.
- Watch videos of dynamic choral directors.
1) Select the right audition chorus songs
You’ll want to select a simple test song (or two) that appears to you. Many choral groups will specify acceptable genres, but you can never go wrong with a short artistic song or a classical piece of music. Suggested composers include Brahms, Fore, Coelter, Rodgers, and Hammerstein. Opera melodies are not recommended as they tend to be longer and require a heavy voice. Remember that choral groups are groups, so they are expected to blend in with other sounds – not beat them!
Audition with choir music
Here are some suggestions for Audition songs for the choir With basic vocal literature that would work well for the choral test. These can be for all types of sounds, and are available in both high and low keys:
- “Zueignung” – Richard Strauss. This short but great piece in German shows your vocal range and ability to sing with solid lines.
- “Ici-bas!” Gabriel Faure. This mild-tempo, artistic song is great for showing off your French reading, general vocal range, and music.
- “Come Ready and See Me” – This beautiful American art song by Richard Hundley is a favorite for many reasons. He has an unforgettable beautiful tune! Remember, it’s important to show how well you can pronounce in your native language (a huge thing with choral directors), so if you do this well and really use the dynamics, you’ll impress!
Test with other songs
If the choir you are auditioning for allows a variety of chorus audition songsCheck out this video:
2) Hone your reading skills
This is one of the most important choral test tips because visual singing is often part of the audition process. There are plenty of resources that can help – books like the Danhauser series by G. Schirmer or the Jenson Sight singing course, very helpful websites like The Practice Room – but make sure you also work with your singing teacher in your lessons to improve your skills.
If you’re nervous, don’t worry: the audition committee/choral director is unlikely to ask you to read anything in a crazy key or time signature! They are looking for the basics of music. Remember to train slowly and steadily and take deep breaths. Treat it the same way you treat your songs when you practice. The same advice definitely applies when you’re sight reading on test day!
3) Practice intervals
Singing intervals is an essential skill for all singers, and it will come in handy when you read your turn at choral rehearsals! The Funky ‘n Fun 3 series: Kim Chandler’s “Challenge Patterns” is great for helping singers identify all kinds of intervals, scales, triples, etc. Once placed in your ear, the chromatic memory and vision reading portions of the test will make it much easier for you. Plan to spend a significant amount of time on these exercises in both the vocal lessons and the practice that precedes your choral test.
4) Watch videos of dynamic choral directors
Eric Whitakere is one of the most followed personalities at the moment. (He gave a TED Talk!) Watch how his singers closely follow his every move. His passion for every piece he performs really shows on his face and translates to the rest of his choir. The best conductors are able to do this! It is important that the choral singers appear fully engaged during their performance, just as if they were soloists.
The voice teacher must also have a lot of other useful tips on choral auditions and choral performance songs! Note that many choral works require a straight tone, so if you have a larger voice and are training as a soloist, you will definitely want to ask your voice teacher for help with this. Don’t have a voice teacher yet? Start your search here!
Molly R teaches singing lessons online and in person in Hayward, California. Her specialties include teaching beginner singers, shy singers, children, teens, exhausted singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!
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