Forte Auditions for Fall 2019 will be held
Friday, August 23rd, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Monday, August 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Treble Auditions will be held Friday, August 30th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Both will be held at the Richland Community Center located at 500 Amon Park Drive in Richland
Age Eligibility and qualifications
Performers must be in high school and turn 14 by September 30 of their first Fall season and can participate in a maximum of 8 seasons (4 years).
Audition into Forte! is by audition only.
Please make sure that Forte or Treble Forte is a good fit for your family before auditioning by reading the Pre-Audition forms below.
(Step 1 and Step 2)
Please NOTE: You will need to print the Parent/Student Expectations form, sign it and bring it with you to be eligible to audition.
Now that you’ve completed Step 1 and 2 and understand Forte expectations, please review the Audition Details listed below.
Complete Step 3 and 4 once you have completed your review.
The audition will be made up of three different scores totaling 100 possible points.
The breakdown is as follows:
Vocal - 40 points
Performance- 30 points
Dance- 30 points
1. vocal audition (40 points)
Prepare 1-2 minutes of a song from a movie, musical, a tasteful popular song, or a hymn that is in your comfortable range and demonstrates your vocal ability. (No more than two minutes, please. Don’t be offended if we ask you to end your song before you are finished because we can often quickly determine the score for that portion of the audition.) All lyrics must be “family friendly” and rated “G”. It is preferred that your song be memorized and you sing with a music track. (Accompanying yourself takes the focus away from your vocal ability and showmanship and is strongly discouraged.) For your track, please purchase, download, and bring your own track on an ipod, phone or MP3 player to play during the audition. Many tracks are available in transposable keys at: http://www.karaoke-version.com
Demonstrate part learning skills by listening. The auditioner will play a melody on a piano/keyboard in two or three different vocal ranges. The auditionee will sing the melody (on a neutral syllable, like “la”). This step will also help the directors assess the vocal range for the auditionee.
Prepare and be ready to sing a Major Scale (on a neutral syllable, like “la”).
Sight read at the audition an eight measure melody that will include the following:
Rhythm: half-notes, quarter-notes, and eighth-notes. A portion of the melody will include syncopation.
Melody: Step-wise and skips no larger than a 4th.
Count out loud using the counting syllable system of your choice the rhythm of the sight-reading melody. (example: 1-and 2-and 3-and 4 etc).
Tone production (quality of voice)
Accuracy of pitch and rhythm
Intonation (singing “in tune”, good tonality)
Preparation- How prepared you are for the audition? Music memorized?
Sight-reading skills (reading music that may or may not be known – accuracy of singing notes and rhythms of songs that are not prepared ahead of time)
Major Scale (to be able to sing a scale with good pitch/intonation – either reading the notes or by ear)
2. PERFORMANCE AUDITION (30 Points)
Come ready to give us a performance! We want to see your personality shine through your song. Your performance score will make up 30% of your final audition score.
Areas of evaluation (There will be six points possible for each area)
Speak loud and clear
Make eye contact
If you make a mistake don’t stop, own it and finish your performance!
Ability to communicate the songs message with an audience
What is the story you are trying to tell with your song?
Is it happy, sad, angry, empowering?
Make the judges feel something with your performance.
Posture and stance
Do your body movements enhance or detract from your performance?
Overall stage presence
3. Dance audition (30 Points)
Wear character shoes or jazz shoes if you have them. If not, wear comfortable sneakers
You can expect to learn a short dance combination with a small group. Then you will “perform” the routine you learned.
How quickly you learn
*We are looking for a willingness and enthusiasm to learn as well as a great attitude even if dancing has not always been your thing.
Are you excited to give it a try? Have you found the artistic outlet you’ve been searching for? Please follow Steps 3 and 4 next to complete the audition form and sign up for a time slot.
We can’t wait to meet you and see you shine!
You’ve completed Steps 1-4. Good job! You’ve printed and signed the Parent/Student expectations form, reviewed the audition details and criteria, filled out an audition form and selected your audition date/time. Now, the excitement begins…
Results should be published on our website within one week of audition.
Upon acceptance into either of the Forte! groups, parents are asked to complete Step 5 below.