Spring 2021 Audition Information
Auditions for Spring 2021 will be live from Jan. 1st, 2021 - Feb. 7th, 2021!
You must be a Georgetown University undergraduate student to audition for the Phantoms. Please record all audition components in ONE video, in the order that is listed below, and upload the file or the YouTube link to this Google Form, which will also ask for some more information about you!
Scales: These are a series of ascending and descending notes that help you warm up your voice while also giving us a sense of your range and your ability to match pitch. You may sing along to the scales using a vowel of your choice, such as “ah” or “oo.” You will start by singing ascending scales and finish by singing descending scales, and you can begin both in the octave most comfortable for you. The ascending and descending scales will be marked with separate timestamps in this video, and you may pause and proceed to the next section whenever you struggle to continue singing at the highest and lowest ends of your vocal range. You may play the scales video through headphones and sing a cappella, or you may play the backing track at a moderately low volume through your computer or another speaker and sing along that way.
Solo: Your solo component of the audition video will ask you to sing a verse and a chorus of a song of your choice. You may sing a song from any genre, but please do not sing Disney or musical theater. We recommend you choose a fairly well-known song so that it is easier for us to judge your pitch accuracy with something we are familiar with. If you have any doubts about the song you want to sing, please email us and we will be happy to help! We also ask that you do not have a backing track or headphones on during your solo. You are welcome to play the starting note or the start of the song to get a sense of the key, but please sing this entirely a cappella. Additionally, if you have any rapping or beatboxing skills, you’re more than welcome to show them off in this part of the audition, but you may only do so after you’ve finished your verse and chorus.
If you have any questions at all about the audition process, head to our socials and find some audition advice from our current members or email us at email@example.com! Also, don’t forget to have fun! We know you all have wonderful voices already, and we can’t wait to hear them!
Normal In-Person Audition Process
After a warm-up, we teach everyone a blending exercise to perform later. You then sign up for a 10-minute individual slot. Please arrive on time though so you can learn the blending exercise.
During your individual audition, we will find your vocal range by asking you to sing a simple scale as high and then as low as you can. Please go at a comfortable speed and take breaths when necessary.
Several “sing-backs” are next: we play a short sequence of notes on the piano and ask you to sing them back to us. This is a pitch exercise to check your skill at hearing and reproducing specific notes well.
Then you will sing the exercise taught earlier with two of us, to hear your voice blend with others. We will briefly review this; it’s not about memorization. The emphasis is on “blend,” i.e., matching our pitch, tone, pronunciation, and volume, and limiting anything that makes you stand out, such as vibrato.
Finally, you will perform one verse and one chorus of the rock/pop/R&B solo that you have prepared. If you like, we can play a starting note on the piano. Try to pick a fairly well-known song, because it helps us if we are familiar with it beforehand. If you are concerned about your song choice, you can email us. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the best aspects of your voice.
Afterward, we might ask you a few more questions. It may sound like a lot, but it’s really not so bad – just 10 minutes! Don’t feel nervous; we want you to do well as much as you do! Callbacks information will be posted shortly after primary auditions.