Vocal Music

Vocal Music Audition Requirements for 2020-2021 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

Dr. Ryan Garrison and
Meaghan Quigley

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November 1, 2019 – January 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

Monday, January 6, 2020
6:00 pm
Schomp Theatre – DSA

DSA does not have a shadow program.  Instead, we have 5 Preview Mornings.  Preview is from 7:40 am – 9:30 am.  It is for both parents and students.  Everyone will spend the first half of the time in one large group hearing from the DSA principal.  After the large group session, students and parents will receive a tour of the school from a DSA parent who is in the same major you’re interested in auditioning for.

To sign up for a Preview Morning, click HERE

Your specific audition time will be given to you at the preaudition meeting.  Audition dates are:

January 28, 2020
February 1, 2020
February 4, 2020
February 8, 2020

If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Burkett ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.


Recommendation Form
Recommendation Form
1 from a music teacher
1 from an academic teacher
1 from a person of choice

Bring to the Audition
Two recommendations for each student on provided form:
Vocal Music Recommendation Form
(Do not mail to DSA – bring both forms in sealed envelopes to the audition.
8” X 10” Headshot (current).  This will notbe returned to you
3.  Vocal Repertoire List (Incoming grades 10-12 only); include songs formally studied in voice lessons (list song title, composer, and year studied).

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.  Please be punctual.
2.  Check in with volunteer parents & students in the Vocal Music corridor downstairs.
3.  Turn in required materials (recommendations, head shot and repertoire list for incoming students in grades 10-12)
4.  Complete the Contact Information form

Singing Audition
Group vocalization
2.  Sing major scale as a group and as individuals.
3.  Sing Americathe Beautiful as a group and as individuals
4.  Read rhythmic exercises as a group and then as individuals.
5.  Read melodic exercises as a group and then as individuals.

Solo Performance
Bring sheet music for piano or chords. A piano accompanist will be provided.
No CDs/downloads or outside accompanists are allowed.
3.  Students may not accompany themselves
Introduce your first & last name clearly
5.  Introduce your song title.
6.  Sing approximately 1 minute of your song; pick the best portion of your song that shows range, vocal flexibility, and expressive qualities.
7.  You may be stopped midway through your audition due to time constraints

Music Literacy
A music literacy test is administered following the completion of the audition.
The test may contain the following:

  • Defining or identifying musical terms and symbols
  • Note names in both treble and bass clefs
  • Key signatures

General Information
Students are scheduled for a 90-minute audition time, but they will also need to complete the music literacy test.  There is no time limit on the music literacy test, so the total time for the audition process could be 2-2.5 hours.

We schedule students into groups of 10 to 15 students. They will perform in front of that group along with the directors and some staff and student volunteers.

We typically schedule our High School students on the Tuesday audition dates and our Middle School students on Saturday. However, you must keep all three dates available as this could change based on the number of students we get per grade.

If you have further questions about scheduling or audition requirements, please contact our Audition Coordinator: Richard Raedeke vocal.auditions@comcast.net