Choral and Vocal Audition Information
Auditions for the Davidson College Choirs are held during the first week of classes each semester in Prof. Renata Berlin's office (Sloan 102). Fall 2023 semester auditions will be held the week of August 28th. Please sign up via WeJoinIn.
Auditions are 10 minutes in length and are intentionally low-key and relaxed. Most of our members are non-music majors, and there is a place in the Davidson College Choirs for every singer—beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
Are available for audition preparation and are located in the lower level of Sloan. Building access begins when CatCard Services activates your card for the fall semester. Hours are 7:00 a.m.–midnight daily. For more info, see the signs posted on practice room doors.
What to Expect
We're so happy you're eager to join the Davidson College Choirs. New and returning members alike, no stressing. We promise that the audition will be welcoming.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes ahead of your slot so you can fill out a form ahead of your audition.
You're welcome to prepare a 1-2 minute song (art song, aria, hymn, musical theatre selection, folk song, or other). You may sing something a cappella, or Dr. Robak, our collaborative pianist in the choral program, can accompany you. However, if you do not have anything prepared, we will work with you; no problem.
During the audition, we will first chat. We need to confirm your commitment to the musical discipline and artistry that leads to choral excellence. Our rehearsals are fun and engaging, but they are also rigorous––we learn and perform a lot of music every year, and the professionalism that we bring to each of our performances is a result of a great deal of hard work that requires attendance at all rehearsals and commitment to building excellence and positive esprit de corps.
Then, we’ll do some vocal exercises that give us a better picture of your range, etc., and potentially some basic sight reading and ear exercises.
Finally, we will notify those who auditioned the status of their audition on or before Saturday, September 3rd. Rehearsals will begin the week of September 5th.