Date: Monday, September 4th & Wednesday, September 6th
Time: Monday, 1-11 pm & Wednesday, 7:30-11 pm
Location: Lone Star Auditorium (Located in the MAC)
Once audition form is completed, we will be in touch with you to set up an audition time.
When are auditions held?
RISE auditions new members at the beginning of every school year.
What does the audition look like?
Each time slot is about 5 minutes long.
The audition (what you need to prepare):
- 1-minute of any song of your choice. This segment should show off your range, musicality and any other vocal talents you may have. You may sing any genre of music, regardless of whether we normally sing it or not (we probably do, though!)
- If you are able to beatbox, let us know and show us your stuff!
The audition may also include some of the following (depending on time constraints):
- Sing 4 scales (diatonic) within your range.
- Tonal Memory – See a piece of sheet music and have the short melody played twice; you sing it back the third time.
- Ear training – three-note combinations are played twice; you sing them back the third time.
You will be notified by both phone and email if you are invited to our callbacks!
Please note that we are not judging you on how well you can sound like the artist. We are interested in hearing how your voice sounds, how it would fit into the group as a whole, and how well you can engage an audience.
What song should I sing for my audition?
This is your chance to show us what you love to sing! Although we stick mostly to contemporary pop/rock/jazz, this does not mean that we discourage other types of music.
Classical music and musical theatre are acceptable, but we need to know if you can sing the style of music that the group performs.
What happens after auditions?
After the initial auditions, we make some preliminary decisions and invite some of the auditionees for a callback. Callbacks are mandatory for entry into the group and will be scheduled late enough in the evening so as not to conflict with classes. The focus of this part of the audition is to give us an opportunity to see how well you can sing, blend, grasp choreography and perform with the group as well as how you interact with other members and auditionees. Almost as important as singing is group unity; this part of the audition is essential to that. Come out and be ready to have a good time! That’s really what this is all about.
What if I need to change my time I signed up for?
If you have something come up on the day of your audition, email Caleb Moore and he will look into alternative audition times for you!
Do I need to be a music major to join?
No, you do not! In fact, we love to encourage non-music majors to join! It’s an excellent bridge to the Music Department.
Any other tips?
Be Memorable! Needless to say, it becomes difficult to put names to faces after a while. If you can make yourself stand out, we will remember you.
Try not to be nervous. Music is supposed to be fun so just relax. WE DON’T BITE…hard!
What are rehearsals like?
The rehearsal schedule will be set once gathering the group’s individual schedules. We will meet twice a week for 3-4 hours, sometimes less depending on the pace of rehearsal. We also have select Sundays on which we have sectionals. We have a lot of fun during these rehearsals, but also stay productive and motivated! The commitment level is high but it does not prohibit you from doing other activities!
Being in RISE, although fun and exciting, does require a significant amount of time. The group meets twice a week for three to four hours to rehearse on top of weekly performances, which are sometimes in the middle of the day (i.e. during school hours, but classes do come first). We will occasionally schedule an extra rehearsal or two before an important performance. Also, all members share fundraising and administrative opportunities. That makes for a weekly commitment of eight hours or more. But, mark our words, they’ll be the most fun and exciting hours you’ll spend that week!