There are two categories of auditioning for the choral program at Delaware State University. The first category is vocal music majors/minors and the second category is non-music majors/minors. All students will audition with the choral director. Those students who are vocal music majors/minors will audition for the music faculty as well. Auditions take place during the first week of every semester. You may also contact the Office of Choral Activities at 302.857.7399 to schedule your audition time. Vocal/Choral scholarships are available to all students regardless of major/minor.
For scholarship consideration, regardless of major/minor: Students should prepare to perform two vocal selections of contrasting character (If you have been taking private voice lessons, you might want to bring a repertoire list at the time of the audition). It is suggested that you select repertoire that best demonstrates your vocal range, quality and musicality. (Please do not bring choral music to perform, unless you are singing a solo from a larger work.) An accompanist will be provided. You will have time to prepare and practice prior to your audition. The choral director and music faculty will be present for your audition. Scholarship funds are limited and are first come, first served.
Tips for Successful Choral/Vocal Auditions at DSU
- Sound classy. Choose pieces with piano accompaniment that you would take to a solo/ensemble contest. If you are performing *two, choose pieces with contrasting style that will compliment your range and abilities. Broadway, popular, or gospel is okay, but not recommended for both pieces. Art songs and arias are ideal. If you have a foreign language piece prepared, great! However, the goal is to show off your voice. You want something that will make you shine - not something that will make you nervous about hitting that high note you’ve only been able to hit twice in rehearsal.
- Come prepared. Have your music memorized and bring copies for the accompanist. There will be equipment to play recorded music; however, if a pianist is needed come early to practice with our accompanist (unless you are bringing someone to play for you). We will provide an experienced accompanist free of charge.
- Bring a résumé. If you’ve been keeping track of your accomplishments and activities (especially musical ones), bring a copy so we can add it to your file. You might want to go ahead and bring the one-page narrative so you will have plenty of time to collect your thoughts. You are welcome to write it during your audition, but having it ready will save you time and the added stress of writing on the spot.
- Dress for success. You want to look professional. Opt for the slacks and loafers or skirt and heels rather than the shorts and flip-flops. Think about the kind of impression you want to leave with our faculty and staff. Dressing up is not a requirement, so don’t worry if your travel plans will not allow you to slip into your Sunday best. But looking like a pro may help you feel like a pro too.
- Take care of yourself. You’ve heard this before, right? Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and eat at least an hour before your audition. You don’t want any of these little things to get in the way of your scholarship opportunities.
- Show up. Sounds obvious, but it makes a difference. The faculty and staff have set aside time in their busy schedules for you, and simply neglecting to show up for the audition does not leave a good impression. If you are running late, please let us know. If you will not be able to make your audition, please call 302.857.6680 ahead of time to reschedule or cancel. Our office is generally open Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM. Calling during this time is preferred, but you are more than welcome to leave a message. If circumstances will not allow you to call ahead, it is appropriate to call and apologize for your absence as soon as possible.
* If you are even thinking about majoring or minoring in music, prepare two pieces, and audition as a music major on one of the audition days. Sure, it will require a little more work on your part, but more scholarships are available to music majors. Even if you are not quite sure about your career, you can always change your mind later (bearing in mind that scholarships will be adjusted accordingly).