Vocal Music

Vocal Music applicants, scroll down to read some tips from Ms. Calloway for your virtual vocal music audition!

All Levels/ Grades 6 – 12

  • Provide a current, small photo (headshot) within a brief resume with any visual arts training or special skills. You may email the headshot and resume to hale_vincent@hcde.org. Please be sure to include the student name and fine arts major in the email. Vocal Music applicants are also encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation from a music teacher, if applicable.
  • Students must commit to attending all required rehearsals and performances outside of school hours, and must also be willing to attend a professional concert every nine weeks.
  • During the audition, a CD or iPod music without voices may be used for accompaniment. No a cappella auditions are allowed.


  • Demonstrate a sincere desire to study basic vocal music.
  • Test for rhythmic and melodic ability.
  • Identify common music symbols.
  • Sing a scale and arpeggio from a teacher demonstration.
  • Perform a short prepared solo with accompaniment. (See above.)


  • Read and perform at sight different note values and rhythmic patterns.
  • Perform from memory a short solo demonstrating proficiency (with accompaniment, as noted above).


  • Read and perform at sight melodic lines using neutral syllables or solfege,
  • Sight-read a piece.
  • Perform a prepared solo demonstrating advanced proficiency (with accompaniment, as noted above).

Ms. Calloway’s Tips for Vocal Music Auditions:

  • Please wake up early enough to get your voice warmed up for singing.
  • Make sure your audition space is in a quiet location of your home.
  • Make sure your song selection is appropriate for your age and voice.
  • Please dress appropriately for an audition/interview.  Look nice!
  • Make sure accompaniment is instrumental only if using a track.
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