Information for Auditions

Soloists

Do you love to sing?

Why don’t you consider auditioning as a soloist for the Festival of Music! This is a wonderful opportunity for students to sing with a choir of more than 400 voices and full orchestra backing – all on the Festival Theatre stage!

Soloists

The Solo audition and selection process happens in Term 2 in schools with auditions in Week 6.

This years soloist songs are:

Beautiful Creatures: Rap solo 1, b69-76
 

  • This rap solo requires a strong clear tone with accuracy in rhythm and Portuguese language!
  • Energy in eyes and face – standing with a strong body, have fun!
  • Very clear diction with strong consonants.
  • Practice moving and grooving to the Brazilian beats!!
  • Hints on  website under the song Beautiful Creatures, how to practice, and correct pronunciation.
  • Read through the grey box in the Songbook and know what this funky song is about.
  • Check out the energy of the Barbatuques, and the Rio 2 Soundtrack version on YouTube.
  • Activate your face and put some thought into your presentation for the audition.

 

Beautiful Creatures: Rap solo 2, b77-85

  • This rap must also have a strong clear tone with accuracy in rhythm and nonsense syllables. 
  • Energy in eyes and face – standing with a strong body, with some ‘cheeky’ attitude.
  • Very clear diction with strong consonants, tell the ‘funny’ story – as character of Blu’s pop.
  • Practice moving and grooving to the Brazilian beats!!
  • Read through the grey box in the Songbook and know what the song is about.
  • Check out the energy of the Barbatuques, and the Rio 2 Soundtrack version.
  • Activate your face and put some thought into your presentation for the audition.

 

Song to Sing: Solo 1, b2-19

  • This is a bright, ‘sparkly’ melody that begins this song, and the story of feeling down and sad…...
  • A voice with strength and clarity will suit this solo, but not too much ‘scooping’ into notes.
  • Also having a light flexible quality to cover the large range of notes.
  • Be exact with the rhythms – they are quite tricky and fit with the lyrics. 
  • Clarity in diction - every consonant articulated at the slow tempo. 
  • Well supported breath for each phrase, and for holding the longer notes at the end of a phrase.
  • Observe rests = silence throughout the solo.
  • Read through the grey box in the Songbook and know what the song is about.
  • Activate your face and put some thought into your presentation for the audition.

 

Small Stuff: Solo 1, b17-32

  • Verse 1 is the first solo – set the scene for the message of this song…See grey box in Songbook if not sure.
  • A voice that is light and bouncy, crisp and clear, accurate in pitch and rhythms.
  • Be sure to include the silence at the quaver rests to just ‘break’ the sound.
  • It is moderately soft in volume, but confident and clear! 
  • Practice moving and grooving to this boppy little piece.
  • Activate your face and put some thought into your presentation for the audition.

 

Small Stuff: Solo 2, b88-96

  • This solo soars up into your head voice / higher range - over top of the choir.
  • Be accurate with the rhythms and well prepared with full breath and body support.
  • Bright face and energised eyes 😊 
  • Practice moving and grooving as you sing this solo which is at the end of this funky song.
  • Activate your face and put some thought into your presentation for the audition.

 

Proud:  Solo 1, b9-24

  • Stand with a strong body, feel the power of the orchestral backing, and have popstar attitude.
  • Have plenty of energy for this funky Verse 1 solo that starts the song.
  • Very clear diction with strong consonants.
  • Sing with some storytelling and an understanding of the message in the lyrics. determination + sense of self.
  • Read through the grey box in the Songbook and know what the song is about.
  • Activate your face and put some thought into your presentation for your audition.