Practice Materials

A Cappella Auditions

We are thrilled that you are interested in being a member of one our Argyle High School Choral Department A Cappella groups. Whether you are currently a member of Choir, live in Argyle ISD and are not a member of Choir, or are moving to the district next year, you have the opportunity to audition for one of our two groups. 

A Cappella Audition Parent/Student Virtual Meeting

Membership Requirements

1. Students must be enrolled in a Classical Choral ensemble to participate in an A Cappella group

2. To be considered for Remedy, you must be willing to enroll in a double block of Choir & A Cappella

3. To be considered for Flight, you must be willing to rehearse before school, after school, and during mega lunch

4. All students and parents must review the AHS A Cappella Contract and fill out the A Cappella Contract Acknowledgement Form before the video deadline of auditions closes on Monday night, May 11th at 11:59PM.

 


Audition Instructions

Vocal Solo Auditions (Submit Video Here: https://flipgrid.com/c58e321f - FLIP GIRD CODE - c58e321f)

  1. Please record a video of you singing 45-60 seconds of a song from any contemporary style of music

  2. No classical, musical theater, or foreign language songs are allowed

  3. The solo needs to be performed from memory and sung a cappella (no backing tracks or piano)

  4. Make sure we can see you from your waist up in the video.

Choreography Auditions (Submit Video Here: https://flipgrid.com/1aece5df - FLIP GRID CODE - 1aece5df)

  1. Click on the Choreography Teaching & Demo Videos on the side of this page

  2. Learn the routine exactly as it is shown to you in the video

  3. Record a video of you performing the routine. Make sure we can see your entire body in the video.

  4. You need to hold something that resembles a mic (mic, water bottle, phone, hairbrush, etc)

  5. You will also need to mouth the words to the song as if you are singing (just the melody of the song)

 

Vocal Parts Auditions (Submit Video Here: https://flipgrid.com/cf768d18 - FLIP GRID CODE - cf768d18)

  1. All students will also learn an a cappella arrangement of a contemporary song (Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran)

  2. For consideration in Remedy, students will need to learn two vocal parts (Sop/Alto) or (Ten/Bass).

  3. For consideration in Flight, students will only need to learn one vocal part

  4. Use the sheet music and tracks on the side of this page to learn the arrangement

  5. Once you've learned the arrangement please record a video of you singing your part with the "Parts Audition Track." If you are wanting to be considered for Remedy, please record ONE video with you singing the arrangement two times in a row, with a different part each time. Pull the tracks up on your computer ahead of time for a quick transition from one track to the next.

  6. Make sure we can see you from your waist up in the video.

Vocal Percussion Auditions (Submit Video Here: https://flipgrid.com/9c710b15 - FLIP GRID CODE - 9c710b15)

  1. These auditions are completely optional. If you would like to be considered for VP in Remedy, please follow the instructions below and submit a video. If you are new to Vocal Percussion and would like to only be considered for VP in Flight, please skip 2-6 and go directly to 7. 

  2. Listen to the track under the "Audition Materials" section. This track will have cues and a metronome which will play three different tempos. Starting at 60BPM, then 90BPM, and then 120BPM.

  3. The first part of the track asks you to demonstrate a basic beat/pattern in 4/4 time at three different tempos. The pattern can remain the same at all three tempos, but listen to the cues to start and stop. 

  4. Once you have demonstrated those three tempos, the track will ask you to freestyle any beat/groove for 30 seconds. You can literally show us anything. After 30 seconds the track will ask you to stop. 

  5. Finally, you will be asked to lay down a groove to the "Thinking Out Loud" cut that is being used for the Vocal Parts audition. 

  6. Record a video using the "Vocal Percussion Audition Track" - make sure the video shows you from the waist up.

  7. If you are new to Vocal Percussion and would like to be considered for Flight only, please record a 1 minute video of you demonstrating any and all beatboxing skills. You can literally show the judges anything in the video. You can demonstrate the same beat at different tempos, a couple of different kinds of beats, or show us a simple "boots and cats" kind of rhythm. Vocal Percussion is difficult at first, but if you have a desire to try it out, please submit a video.     

A Cappella Audition Rubric - PDF

Audition Materials

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