AUDITION FOR TOP SHELF

We will be holding auditions on Tuesday, July 31 and callbacks on Tuesday, August 7 from 7pm-10pm.

Please fill out the below form to sign up for an audition and we'll be touch:

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Do you enjoy singing modern vocal music? Are you looking to join a community of fun, engaged, and talented singers? Are you into indie, pop, and soul music and performing challenging, exciting 6-8 part arrangements?

Top Shelf Vocal is auditioning for all voice parts to expand our mixed a cappella group. You are invited to take part in our auditions on Tuesday, July 31 from 7-10pm located at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020).

AUDITION DETAILS:

If you are primarily a solo/part singer:

  • Please prepare two contrasting solos (verse + chorus) to sing unaccompanied (Musical Director may ask for a shorter cut on the day of). We want to hear you at your best, so have fun and pick songs that are in your comfort zone. No Musical Theatre or Classical pieces, please.

If you are primarily a bass singer:

  • Please prepare a simple bass line using bass syllables (dm, doom, bm, ba, etc.) of a known song of your choice (suggested songs, Stand By Me by Ben E. King, or I Want You Back by The Jackson 5).

  • Also please prepare a bass vocal solo. Think along the lines of Josh Turner’s Your Man, or You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, but it can be a song in any style. We just want to hear you sing a low range solo with lyrics. For both of these demonstrations, we’re looking for tone, pitch accuracy, and style. If you are a bass with a higher solo register, you will also have the opportunity to show that to us.

If you are primarily a beatboxer/vocal percussionist:

  • Please give us a demonstration (approx. 30 seconds) of straight-ahead beats and fills and 30 seconds of freestyle beats. We want to see that you are comfortable holding down a consistent tempo and groove. You may also be asked to perform a simple beat along with a metronome.

For all voice parts:

  • We will do scales to test your range

  • Pitch matching exercises

  • Sight reading at varying levels of difficulty

  • If you would like to showcase another skill, for example, if you’re a part singer who can also beatbox, or scat, do sound effects, throat sing, etc. you may have the opportunity to show us!

CALLBACKS: We will notify all who audition about callbacks via email. If you are selected, callbacks will take place on Tuesday, August 7. We will have quick introductions, warm-ups, and sing a short section of one of the songs from our repertoire with us. We want to see your ability to blend with the group as well as get to know you personally. Results will be sent via email.

Break a leg and we hope to see you!

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Which voice part(s) will be you auditioning for?
Our rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7pm-10pm, so you must be available to be eligible for the group.
Tell us about your musical experience. If applicable, please include any relevant special a cappella skills (i.e. arranging, special sounds (trumpet, violin, etc.), staging, audio/video production, show production, gig promotion/booking, leadership experience, etc.).
Feel free to share links to your work (past a cappella experience, vocal performance videos/reel, etc.).