Vocal Music

The Vocal Music Department offers basic vocal training rooted in the study of European classical music, world music, twentieth century music in the first years, with explorations into different genres of contemporary vocal music, including jazz, blues, musical theatre, pop, folk, gospel in later years.  Students sing in the Concert Choir, ensembles, and study solo art song repertoire, opera, music history, world language diction, composition, and more.

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR THE VOCAL AUDITION?

Learn two (2) songs, prepare to sight-sing a short piece (selected by the audition committee), and sing back to a tune played.

  • learn one (1) song of your choice, a capella, sing accompanied, or sing with a backing track.
  • learn one (1) song "Fly Me to the Moon".  Sing in any style (pop, fast swing, classical ballad, waltz in 3, or straight ahead in 4). Download PDF's in Bb for high voices, F for medium voices, and C for low voices. Make it your own, we want to see YOUR personal style. We provide accompaniment.

 

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VOCAL AUDITION?

  • Bring a copy of your music or your backing track as necessary.  Printed music should be in a binder, printed on both sides, no staples or plastic sheets.  No CDs please.

     

    WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING THE VOCAL AUDITION?

    • sing a song of your choice
    • sing "Fly Me to the Moon"
    • sight-sing an excerpt selected by the audition committee - reading music is helpful but not required
    • sing back a few musical notes as you hear them played
    • briefly discuss your musical inspirations, ambitions and goals

     

    WHAT IS NOT PERMITTED AT THE VOCAL AUDITION?

    • No outside accompanists or coaches

    Students will be evaluated on the Vocal audition and enthusiasm for this field.  Evaluation criteria is based on California State Visual and Performing Arts standards.