Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to audition for R20! Auditions are held once in the fall and once in the spring, usually the second week of class. Please check back in the fall for information about auditions for the class of 2020 and 2021!
Auditions take place in our room, 071 Bloomberg.
The Roaring 20 audition is quite painless and only takes about 15 minutes.
We begin the audition by introducing you to the group and getting to know a little bit about you – your hometown, your residential college, etc.
Then our Music Director, Becca, will guide you through a few scales to warm you up and test your range (we recommend warming up a bit on your own before the audition).
Swells: We will then ask you to sing a few swells in various parts of your range. Our Music Director will play the pitch we want to hear you swell on. Then you will start by singing as soft as you possibly can, gradually crescendo to your loudest possible volume, and decrescendo back to where you started. We’re interested in hearing dynamic contrast and an ability to sing both loudly and softly across your range.
Pitch Matching: Our music director will play a few sets of 3 or 4 notes on the piano and have you sing them back to the group. Try to sing them as accurately as you can – if you need to hear the notes played multiple times, that’s completely fine.
The Solo: You can perform for us any solo from any genre of music. We recommend choosing a song that you’re comfortable with and that demonstrates your vocal strengths. Just to give you some ideas, solos used by current members include: “Titanium” by David Guetta, “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande, “Chasing Pavements” by Adele, “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra, “Royals” by Lorde, “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.
Blending Exercise: Singers on your voice part will surround you, and we will sing through a short phrase in 4-part harmony. You will have a copy of the music. After hearing it a couple of times, you will join in on your part to give us an idea of how your voice fits in with the rest of the group.
Then you’re done! A member of Roaring 20 will swing by your room later that night if we decide to give you a callback.
If you have any questions, contact us at email@example.com.