Policies and Requirements for Solo Passages and Song-Length Solos
Members who would like to sing a solo passage in a song must be able to project to the back of a mid-sized auditorium since we do not use microphones. Soloists may be asked to sing in a pair or in a group of three for the sake of additional volume.
The applicant must audition by singing a short passage that is selected by our director and announced in advance. The director will determine which of the available solo parts are best suited for the soloist, if any, and will make an offer accordingly. The applicant is welcome to reject the offer, but no additional offer will be made. Applicants may not be assigned a solo if the director feels that the applicant’s voice does not meet the necessary criteria for any of the available solos.
Soloists must memorize their parts so they can make eye contact with the audience and the director, but will have their binders in hand for performance. Soloists, of course, must be able to sing their assigned solos with melodic and rhythmic accuracy, and must adhere to all aspects of musicality that are written in the music and/or are added/edited by the director.
We want to provide the opportunity for our highly talented and experienced members to perform an entire piece by themselves (or as part of a duet or small ensemble) if they are interested in doing so. The piece may be for voice or musical instrument, and may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.
The applicant must select his/her piece on his/her own, find a suitable arrangement in a suitable key, and must submit the music to the director for approval no later than the third rehearsal. The applicant should bring an extra copy to give to the accompanist if the song is approved. The piece must fit with the theme of the current season, and must work well in the program in relation to the other pieces. The piece must be at most three minutes long. Applicants are welcome to omit measures of an arrangement provided that clear instruction is given to the accompanist.
The applicant must be able to learn the piece completely on his/her own, and must be ready to audition without any assistance (e.g., being cued in and conducted). The audition will take place at the fifth rehearsal (before, after, or during the break). The applicant must be able to sing the piece with melodic and rhythmic accuracy, and must demonstrate adherence to basic aspects of musicality such as dynamics, phrasing, and diction. The applicant must be able to sing the song with the appropriate expressiveness. The applicant must be able to understand and incorporate any guidance and suggestions that are provided by the director. The piece will be approved at the sole discretion of the director.