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Vocal Audition Procedure
Adjudicators for each voice part will practice adjudicating two (or more) actual quartets at the beginning of the first audition day to help align their evaluations and the use of the vocal adjudication rubric.
PRE-AUDITION:Vocalists should warm up in the appropriate room at the audition site. Warmups or last minute rehearsing will not be permitted in any other location, including the host schools stairwells and bathrooms. All of a school s auditioning vocalists should report to their audition room 10 minutes prior to their audition time slot. The adjudicators and/or room proctors will call for them when the adjudicators are ready. Schools who do not have any students auditioning on one of the four voice parts are encouraged to contact other schools to find a student to complete their quartets. Schools that require an adjudicator to sing one of the parts will perform a large (entire school) run through of the piece with that adjudicator prior to sending their first quartet into the Audition Room.
QUARTET ROOM PROCEDURE:The starting pitch may be given by anyone using any sound producing device. Students may then sing or hum their first pitch. An adjudicator may, if asked, provide the starting pitch for a student in the student s octave without a deduction. The students then sing the quartet piece together. If a student or an adjudicator feels the need for a restart because of incorrect pitch or inaccurate count-off, a small deduction will be made to the appropriate part. Each student will then sing the assigned solo excerpt of the quartet piece by themselves after receiving a starting pitch (following the same guidelines as the quartet starting pitch). All members of the quartet will remain in the room during this part of the audition until all student members of the quartet are finished.
SIGHT-SINGING ROOM PROCEDURE:Once in the room and the student has given their name to make sure the correct adjudication form is being used, the adjudicator will give a starting pitch. The student will sing, in solfege, the appropriate full eight note major scale, ascending and descending, and then sing, in solfege, the appropriate arpeggio. The arpeggio will be Do - Mi - Sol - Do (high) - Sol - Mi - Do - Sol (below tonic) - Do. The student will be asked to sight-sing one 4 measure melodic phrase using any system they wish including solfege or numbers. This selection will begin and end on Do, establishing the tonality in the first measure. Points will not be deducted for rhythmic mistakes, or if the student switches from one system to another. Only the pitch accuracy will be judged. The beginning pitch will be given by the adjudicator and will be the same pitch as the scale and arpeggio. The student will then perform a 4 measure rhythmic exercise using one neutral syllable. Performing rhythms with numbers or a counting system will not be accepted. The student will have 30 seconds to review each example. Students may NOT make any sounds while preparing to perform their sight-singing examples.
A 2 point deduction is assessed for a restart of either the melodic or rhythmic sight-singing.
NOTES FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS:For the Quartet and Solo portions of the auditions, the student must follow the written score of the proper edition as listed for the current year. Specifics on this audition are included in this handbook on page 54. Each sight-singing room will listen to any of the four voice parts. When they are ready, students should go to the next available sight-singing room. Students from one school are not required to all go to the same sight-singing room. If there are no students waiting for the sight-singing rooms who have already auditioned in their quartet, then students may go the sight-singing room prior to singing in their quartet.
Last modified: April 26 2017.
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