Choral Auditions

Audition Information for Cantoria and Voci della Tempeste (Women’s Chamber Choir)

Choral auditions at Truman are placement auditions for Cantoria, Voci della Tempeste (Women’s Chamber Ensemble), and University Chorus, and are not intended to be intimidating or overly stressful. Note that our “Chamber Choir” (MUSI 147/6) is now a women’s chorus called Voci della Tempeste. Please consult your schedule carefully to see what choirs might work within your schedule and mark preferences on the Choral Audition Form.

Note: Students interested in U Chorus only are also welcome to sing an audition.

Audition Preparation

Simply prepare and bring music for a prepared vocal solo (folk song, art song, or aria). For students without an appropriate song, you may sing “America the Beautiful” (copies available outside OP1368).

How to Audition

  1. Sign up for an audition time at Ophelia Parrish (OP) 1368 or email Dr. Mark Jennings with a request (
    • First-year vocal music majors: Friday, Aug. 19, 2016; 3-5 pm
    • All other students, Friday, Aug. 19-Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
  2. Come to the first class of the choir(s) you are interested in:
    • Cantoria: Monday, Aug. 22, 2016; 12:30 pm, Ophelia Parrish (OP) 2350
    • Chorus: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016; 4:30 pm, Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall
    • Voci (Women’s Chamber), Monday, Aug. 22, 2016; 3:30 pm, Ophelia Parrish (OP) 2350
  3. Sing a group “CALLBACK” (second part of the audition) if requested (schedule TBA).

Other Audition Notes

What is the audition for?   
A vocal audition is required for consideration for Cantoria and/or Women’s Chamber Ensemble. While we definitely take students’ schedule and preferences into account, we use the audition as a placement audition for all choirs.

How do I sign-up for an audition time?
Sign up on the audition sheets posted outside Ophelia Parrish (OP) 1368. Contact Dr. Mark Jennings ( with availability information if none of the times listed will work for you.

What happens in the audition?
You will:

  • Sing a prepared song (folk song, art song, or aria). For students without an appropriate song, you may sing “America the Beautiful” (copies available outside Ophelia Parrish  1368).
  • Perform vocalizes up and down in your range.
  • Perform tonal memory patterns—sing back melodies played on the piano.
  • Sometimes, I have students sight-read a short musical example.

How should I prepare?
You should:

  • Sign up for an audition time
  • Practice your prepared song
  • Come to your audition warmed up

When should I arrive? 
Please arrive 10 minutes early, warmed up, and fill out an audition form.