AUDITION INFO

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Each audition is anywhere from 1-3 minutes long.

Please arrive warmed up and ready to sing.

Contact thecodaconduct.psu@gmail.com for more information.

The Audition (what you need to prepare):

  • 30 seconds to 1 minute of any song of your choice. This segment should show off your range, musicality, tone, and any other vocal talents that you may have. You may sing any genre of music (no musical theater please).

  • If you are able to beatbox or have any vocal percussion abilities, let us know and show us your stuff!


The audition may also include some of the following (depending on time constraints):

  • Singing scales in typical warm-up fashion to assess your vocal range.

  • Tonal Memory - Have a short melody played for you and then you sing it back.

  • Sight Reading - Given a piece of sheet music and the starting note, sing the respective melody.


You will be notified by phone or email if you are invited to our callbacks!

FAQ

IS IT HARD TO GET IN?

CAN I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE GROUP?

WHAT IF I CAN'T SIGHT READ?

HOW OFTEN DO YOU REHEARSE?

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT INVOLVED FOR A GROUP MEMBER?




Because our group is normally comprised of anywhere from 14-16 members each semester, The Coda Conduct is a highly competitive group. However, this does not mean that you need to be the next musical genius or American Idol star! Everyone should audition because you never know what we're looking for in any particular semester. The number and voice part of new members we select is based on the current need of the group.



Absolutely! Most people audition for more than one group. In the Spring of 2016, the a cappella community created a "Common Audition." Each a cappella group will hold auditions at the same time and location. You have the choice to audition for as many groups or as little as you want!



While sight reading is a very beneficial skill in the world of music, it is certainly not required to join our group. Many of our current members don't know how to sight read and make up for it with their musicality. Sight reading is a skill that takes a lot of time to master, so don't let it stop you from auditioning. While we may ask you to try and sight read, this is simply to see if you're willing to try new things and step out of your comfort zone.



We generally rehearse three times a week depending on the need of the group. Recently, rehearsals have been Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, though this is subject to change every semester based on each member's personal schedule. Even if you may not be able to attend a certain rehearsal, you should still audition in the event that our rehearsal times change. We are often able to work around your schedule!



One of the most common mistakes we see is someone picking the wrong song. When you audition, we very rarely care about the individual song you pick; instead, we are worried about how you show off your voice. Your audition is your one moment to show us the best qualities of your voice. Too often, we see individuals perform a song that does not show off your voice. Therefore, make sure that you pick a song that you are comfortable with and shows off the best qualities of your voice. Then, make sure you PRACTICE your piece. We can tell when someone has put in the time and effort to improve their solo and these people are often the same that are invited to callbacks.



The amount of time required from every member varies weekly. Normally, you should expect to attend 4-6 hours of rehearsal a week. On top of this, we perform at many different events and venues across campus throughout the semester. While most gigs involve no more than 1-2 hours of your time, we normally have an engagement every week or two based on the availability of our members. During competition season and certain times during the semester, the amount of time required can increase. While this may seem like a lot of time, we hope that you will learn to love rehearsing and performing with some of your closest friends as much as we do. Being a member of this group is a significant time commitment, though always worth it.
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