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Vocalists, Take Note: A 7-Step Plan for Nailing Your College Auditions

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Singer and piano accompanist at vocal audition
MUSYCA Singers at a concert rehearsal

Preparing for a college audition as a vocalist can be a daunting task, but it can also be an exciting opportunity to showcase your musical talent and pursue your passion for singing. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for your college audition:

  1. Research the schools and their audition requirements: Each college has its own audition requirements, so make sure you know what they are. Look up the school's music program, audition requirements, and deadlines. Some schools may require additional materials, such as a resume or letters of recommendation.

  2. Choose your repertoire: Start by selecting the pieces you would like to perform for your audition. Make sure they showcase your vocal range, style, and abilities. Consider choosing a variety of songs, such as an aria, an art song, and a musical theater piece.

  3. Work with a vocal coach: Consider working with a vocal coach who can help you refine your technique and provide feedback on your repertoire. They can also help you with stage presence and performance skills.

  4. Practice regularly: Consistent practice is key to success. Make sure to practice your repertoire daily and work on technique, such as breath control, tone quality, and diction.

  5. Record yourself: Recording yourself singing can be a helpful way to hear your voice objectively and identify areas for improvement. Use a quality microphone and record in a quiet space. You may also want to listen to recordings of other vocalists to get a sense of what successful audition performances sound like.

  6. Seek feedback: Ask your vocal coach, music teacher, or other musicians to provide feedback on your performance. They can help you identify strengths and weaknesses and provide constructive criticism to help you improve.

  7. Stay organized: Keep track of deadlines, audition requirements, and materials. Create a checklist to ensure you have everything you need for each audition. Make sure you have time to prepare and submit your materials before the deadline.

Preparing for a college audition as a vocalist takes time, dedication, and hard work. But with proper preparation, you can showcase your talent and achieve your goals. Good luck!

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