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Vocal Music Audition

To audition for Vocal Music, you’ll be asked to upload a Solo Video before the application deadline on January 31. We highly suggest students attend the Audition Workshop in November to help prepare for their audition submission. More information on the workshop can be found HERE.

Audition Video Requirements

Please watch this Vocal Music Audition Tutorial Video prior to recording your Audition Video.

You are required to sing ONE of the following three selections:

  1. “America, the Beautiful” (Simple Version or Ray Charles & Alicia Keys Version)

  2. “Amazing Grace” (Simple Version or Celine Dion Version)

  3. “America—My Country, ‘tis of Thee” (Simple Version or Kelly Clarkson Version)

You may prepare an optional second piece if you would like to. We suggest Gospel, musical theater, folk songs, R&B, and some pop songs. Here are some examples of second-choice selections:

Spiritual/Folk Song:

Gospel/Hymn:

R&B:

Pop/Rock:

Pop:

Musical Theater:

Jazz:

All songs must be performed a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment. Pre-recorded instrumental tracks must not include any background vocals.

Judging Criteria

Vocal Music Auditions are evaluated on the following:

  • Pitch recognition (ability to remember and sing back pitches played from the piano with accuracy)

  • Vocal technique

  • Voice range, voice development, control across ranges (Head and Chest Voice)

  • Quality of tone production

  • Ability to sing in tune and with some level of musicality

  • Aptitude and attitude toward learning a wide range of music, including classical

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other students and take risks

Click here to view the full rubric used during Vocal Music Auditions.

Callbacks

After submitting your Solo Video, you may be invited to attend a live callback either on Zoom or in person. Receiving a callback does not mean that a decision on admission has been made, it simply means the panel wants to see you one more time before coming to a final decision.

Vocal music callbacks include vocal technique and aural assessments that consist of short pitch memory and technical ability exercises.

If you’re unable to submit a video or have questions about the audition process, please contact admissions@bostonartsacademy.org.

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