Thanks to everyone who came out for our Fall auditions!
We were so impressed with all of you! If you are interested in joining the group but missed our Fall auditions, be on the lookout around December for details about Spring auditions!
When are auditions?
We hold auditions every year in August/September and sometimes January/February. We will email you if you signed up at the activities fair, or you can watch out for announcements on the class forums.
Who gets to audition?
Any student currently pursuing an MD, joint MD, or PhD degree in the School of Medicine is eligible to audition. We encourage anyone who likes to sing or beatbox to come audition.
Do I need to have previous a cappella experience to audition?
We are looking for people who love to sing and who have good voices, period. Prior experience is NOT required, but it can be helpful. Our members come in with widely varying levels of experience. Some have played instruments, some have done choir or musical theater, some have sung years of a cappella, and some have never had any formal training. You are also not required to be able to read music or sightsing; many of our singers learn their parts by ear.
We encourage anyone who is interested in singing with us to come audition, regardless of musical background. Beatboxers and vocal percussionists also welcome.
What do I need to prepare for the audition?
You only need to prepare a solo, a verse/chorus about 1-2 minutes long. A contemporary song is encouraged but not necessary. It's more important to pick something that you're comfortable with and which shows off your voice/style.
You will be expected to perform your solo a cappella (without an instrument or backup), but we will be glad to give you a starting pitch, and you can have the lyrics with you.
What happens during the audition?
The audition will last 10 minutes and is in three parts. Don't worry if you've never auditioned for anything before! We will guide you through.
1. Scales. We will have you sing a vocal pattern going up by half-steps, then another pattern going down by half-steps (we'll help you with a keyboard). This is intended to warm up your voice and to give us an idea of your vocal range and tone.
2. Pitch matching. We will play a few notes on a keyboard, then you will sing those notes back to us. This is intended to demonstrate your ability to learn voice parts by hearing them.
3. Solo. You will sing your prepared solo for us. This is intended to show us your personal vocal style and stage presence.
What happens after the audition?
The group will discuss all the auditionees and make decisions based on what we've heard and available spots in the group. We will notify all auditionees of our decision by the next day.
Have more questions or concerns?
Please feel free to contact music director Perry Tsai.