Vocal Ensemble Audition Info

VCU has several opportunities for singers from across the campus to participate in vocal ensembles. Ensembles are open to all majors (some require an audition), and range in size and focus from a small chamber ensemble to a large symphonic style chorus.  For the Fall 2022 semester, all four vocal ensembles are planning to meet in person. If you need special accommodations for alternative participation, please contact Dr. Chris Hansen at hansenc3@vcu.edu or Professor Lisa Fusco at fuscolc@vcu.edu 

Choral Arts Society (APPM 359) – Mixed ensemble, no audition required

Commonwealth Singers (APPM 358) – Mixed ensemble, audition required

Vox Concordia (APPM 378) – Soprano/Alto ensemble, audition required

Vocal Chamber Ensemble (APPM 377) – Small ensembles, audition required

If you are looking for information regarding auditions for the Opera, please refer specifically to the Opera Auditions Page.

VCU’s vocal ensembles have gained recognition for their dynamic performances, creative programming, and high level of excellence. Performances take place on the VCU campus, throughout the Richmond region, and beyond.

If you have questions about auditions or registration, please contact Dr. Chris Hansen at hansenc3@vcu.edu or Professor Lisa Fusco at fuscolc@vcu.edu 

Audition Information

  1. Choral Arts Society does not require an audition.
  2. Commonwealth Singers and Vox Concordia require auditions. Audition information is below. 
  3. Admittance to Vocal Chamber Ensemble will be arranged individually with Professor Fusco and will require an additional audition.

Please contact please contact Dr. Chris Hansen at hansenc3@vcu.edu or Professor Lisa Fusco at fuscolc@vcu.edu 

AUDITION PROCESS

Auditions take place the day before classes begin for the semester.  There will be two rounds.  Everyone interested in Commonwealth Singers, Vox Concordia, and Vocal Chamber must participate in both rounds even if you have been in one of our ensembles before.

FIRST ROUND: Monday, August 22, 2022 

Location – Recital Hall, James W. Black Music Center

Audition blocks of 30 minutes are available on Monday August 22, 2022 from 8 am to 11:30 am and 12 noon to 4 pm. To sign up for an audition block, please email Dr. Chris Hansen at hansenc3@vcu.edu or Professor Lisa Fusco at fuscolc@vcu.edu If you are unable to attend one of the First Round Audition blocks on Monday, please email and explain your situation. 

First Round Requirements:

  • Sing the melody of Deep River in one of multiple keys. Music is available below.
  • Sing a prepared solfege (Do, Re, Mi) exercise. Music is available below.
  • Learn and read a rhythm that we give you at the audition (you will have time to practice it)
  • Some basic vocalizing, so we can hear your range.

After the FIRST ROUND, we will recommend singers to audition for a specific ensemble in a SECOND ROUND. 

SECOND ROUND: Location – Recital Hall, James W. Black Music Center

  • Tuesday August 23, 2022 (for Vox Concordia, Vocal Chamber Ensemble) 
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022 (for Commonwealth Singers) 

You must be present at the SECOND ROUND to complete the audition process. Please remember to check your email for the call-back invitation, and attend the choral ensemble(s) for which you have been called back.

  • Exact times for the SECOND ROUND:
    • Vox Concordia – Tuesday, August 23 from 2:00-3:30
    • Vocal Chamber – Tuesday, August 23 from 3:30-4:30
    • Commonwealth Singers – Wednesday, August 24 from 12 – 1:15
  • Requirements:
    • Participate in the rehearsal call back for the full class period
    • With the full group, sight-read a section of a selected choral score (you will NOT be asked to sight-read this by yourself in front of people.)

COURSE REGISTRATION

We advise that interested students register for any choral ensemble to receive communications through Canvas and/or your VCU email regarding excerpts and signups. Once you are placed in an ensemble, we will help you change your registration if needed. If you are unable to register by the time of the audition, simply check this page for information. You do not need to be registered to audition, although you will need to enroll once your choral assignment has been decided.

AUDITION MATERIALS for FIRST ROUND – General Call Auditions

SOLFEGE, SCORES and MUSICAL HELP RECORDINGS

SOLFEGE Exercises

There are two – please learn both examples. The first is 8 measures; the second is 10 measures. The notes are the same in treble and bass clef. Click HERE for music.

SOLO: Deep River, arr. Burleigh – Pick your favorite key! You will sing this with live piano accompaniment and may be asked to sing portions a cappella.

HIGH KEY (F Major, Range low C-high A)

RECORDING F Major Randye Jones, soprano singing. Click HERE

ACCOMPANIMENT: Score on screen, accompaniment only. Click HERE

SCORE in Treble Clef:  Click HERE

MEDIUM KEY (D Major, Range low A-high F#)

RECORDING D major Robert McFerrin Baritone singing.  Click HERE

ACCOMPANIMENT Score on screen, accompaniment only.  Click HERE

SCORE in Treble Clef:  Click HERE

SCORE in Bass Clef: Click HERE

LOW KEY (C Major, Range low G-high E)

RECORDING William Warfield, bass, singing.  Click HERE

ACCOMPANIMENT Score on screen, accompaniment only.  Click HERE

SCORE in Treble Clef: Click HERE

SCORE in Bass Clef: Click HERE

Please remember to check your email for placement for the SECOND ROUND  Call-Back Auditions. Dates and times for these Call-Back Auditions are listed above. Please attend the sessions that correspond to the choral ensemble(s) for which you have received call-back invitations.