We are currently awaiting further instruction about the format of ensemble classes during Fall 2020. Updates will be posted on this website. For now, you may sign up for an audition by filling out THIS Google survey after which you will be able to sign up for an audition time. We will inform you of any updates to your audition.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Due to COVID-19, will choirs be different during Fall 2020?
Although we are still awaiting specific instruction regarding ensemble classes for Fall 2020, class sizes will most likely be limited if choirs are held as they have been in the past. Due to these class size limitations, all sections of University Chorale (typically a non-auditioned choir) will also require an audition.
For the time being, please sign up for an audition time by filling out the Google survey found at the top of this page.
2. How do I know whether or not I need to fill out the google form and/or sign up for an audition?
This is a GREAT question! Although there are several things to take into account here, EVERY SINGLE PERSON WANTING TO SING IN AN AUDITIONED CHOIR IN FALL 2020 MUST HAVE FILLED OUT THE GOOGLE FORM!
- If you did not sing in an auditioned BYU choir in Winter 2020, you need to fill out the online google form and then follow the correct link at the end of that form to sign up for an audition time.
- If you sang in an auditioned choir prior to Winter 2020 (ie. Fall 2019, Winter 2019, Fall 2018, etc…) but you did NOT sing in an auditioned choir in Winter 2020, you need to fill out the google form and then follow the correct link at the end of that form to sign up for an audition time.
- If you sang in an auditioned BYU choir during Winter 2020 and you’d like to sing in the same choir in Fall 2020, you still need to fill out the online google form and follow the instructions given when filling out the form.
- If you sang in an auditioned choir during Winter 2020 and you’d like to progress to the next highest choir in Fall 2020, you still need to fill out the online google form and follow the instructions given when filling out the form.
- If you have any questions about how to sign up for an audition/what requirements you need to meet, please email the choral clerks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3A. What do I need to prepare for the audition?
Men are asked to prepare the melody of one verse of a hymn to sing a cappella. Women are asked to prepare the melody of one verse of a hymn to sing a cappella depending upon the singer’s voice part (see below). Auditionees may also choose to prepare an art song for their audition, and if so, might be asked to sing it. Art songs should be of a lyrical nature, and demonstrate the most beautiful part of the auditionee’s range. ***Art songs are not required, and not preparing one will have no effect on your chances of being accepted into a BYU Choir.***
SOPRANO I: Hymn #1 – please sing in E-flat major
SOPRANO II: Hymn #165 – please sing in F major (please sing ONLY lines 3, 4 and 5)
ALTO I: Hymn #100 – please sing in F major
ALTO II: Hymn #98 – please sing in G major
3B. An art song is not required, but should you choose to prepare one, here are a few things you need to know:
- You will NOT sing the art song in your preliminary audition. Neither will you sing it if you are sent on to Dr. Poulter’s audition for Women’s Chorus or Dr. Wells’s audition for Men’s Chorus.
- If you make it through the audition process to a Concert Choir audition with Dr. Wells or a BYU Singers audition with Dr. Crane, you should inform them if you have an art song prepared.
- If they decide to hear it, you will sing your art song either a cappella or they will accompany you.
- Please bring sheet music for them to read, hole-punched and in a binder.
- You may be asked to sing one verse, 16 bars, or the entire song. It just depends on how much they need to hear.
4. What happens in a typical audition?
Each student starts with a preliminary audition. A few quick exercises are done to determine the singer’s vocal range, tonal memory, and sight-reading skills. The student will then be invited to sing his/her prepared hymn verse. Students may be asked to sing portions of the hymn in different keys to determine the most comfortable range for the singer. If a student passes their preliminary audition, they will be invited to sign up to sing for one of the conductors. If they pass that round of auditions, they may be asked to sing for another conductor.
After completing any and all rounds of auditions in which a student gets invited to participate, they will be given a sheet that details the callback information.
After the audition process has finished, usually on the first or second day of classes, a callback list will be posted outside each of the conductor’s doors (note for Winter: we typically do not hold callbacks for Winter auditions).
5. Can I audition for more than one choir?
Yes. The audition process is designed to take each singer through a series of rounds to determine his/her best and most appropriate choir placement. All singers are initially considered for all choirs. Final placements are determined by considering singer interest, audition performance, and schedule availability.
6. Can I audition for more than one voice part?
Yes. Each singer is thoroughly tested to determine his/her most appropriate voice part. The decision is made by considering the singer’s vocal range, color, and tone clarity.
7. Do we register for the choir before auditions, or do we wait until we know which choir we are in?
FALL 2020: All students must wait until auditions are over and the final rosters are posted before registering for the class via a permission-to-add code.
Typically, students can sign up for University Chorale (normally a non-auditioned choir) if they aren’t able to participate in an auditioned choir. Due to possible class size restrictions, however, during the Fall 2020 semester University Chorale will also require an audition.
8. Do I have to be a music major to get into a choir?
We have hundreds of singers each year who major in something other than music. All students are encouraged and welcomed to audition regardless of experience or perceived ability level.
9. I want to reserve time in my schedule for callbacks. When will they take place?
Information about callback times will be posted here when it becomes available.
10. I want to reserve time in my schedule for the choirs. When does each choir meet?
BYU Singers: MWF 1:00 – 1:50 PM, TTH 12:00 – 1:20 PM
Concert Choir: Monday through Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 PM, Thursday 1:30 – 2:50 PM
Women’s Chorus: Monday through Wednesday 3:00 – 3:50 PM, Friday 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Men’s Chorus: Monday through Wednesday 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Thursday 3:30 – 4:50 PM
University Chorale: MWF 12:00 – 12:50 PM or TTH 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Specific questions are welcome and can be directed to email@example.com.
If you have already filled out the Google survey and need to access the audition times again, you can do so by following THIS link.
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