Being a part of an arts organization or production is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. I say this totally objectively as someone who has been involved in more theatrical productions than I can count. There’s just something wonderful about joining with others in common artistic pursuit, be it an a capella group, orchestra, dance troupe, play, or whatever else strikes your fancy. If you like performing or putting together a show, I highly recommend that you consider auditioning or interviewing for a group here at Columbia. To see a list of upcoming auditions, check out the CUarts Facebook page.
If you do audition, here are some tips from someone who’s been on both sides of the table:
– Make sure you know the full scope of the project. How big a time commitment will the group or production be? What kind of music/dance/theatre does the group perform? You can always check out a sampling of clips from student group performances on the CUarts You Tube channel, CUartsTube.
– Choose an audition piece that shows you off. Pick something that you already know or if you decide to do something new, plan ahead to have enough time to learn it. Make sure that it sits easily in your range, musically or dramatically. A glorious rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” will be more impressive than an aria with notes you can’t quite sing or don’t quite remember. That said, however:
– Choose material that suits the group/production for which you’re auditioning. Is the production a Shakespeare play? Use a monologue from another Shakespeare play or similar style. Trying out for an oldies capella group? Sing something from that era. Show the panel how you can best represent that group.
– Be confident! You’ve got skills; you just have to make sure everyone else can see that too. Stand up straight, look people in the eye, and sing out (metaphorically or literally).
– Relax! Being tense will only make it harder for you to show your stuff. Take a couple deep breaths. Audition with a friend and support each other. Make sure you’re prepared, and then chill out. Enjoy the opportunity to perform in front of new people!
Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10