Jr. High Madrigals

Madrigals Dinner 2020

Hello Junior High Singers!

 

Our dinner is going to be unique this year, and we’re so excited to have you join us for some carols.  Please read through the details below to get some information.  If you still have questions or want to know more, join us for our informational meeting on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 at 7pm.

Meeting ID: 893 4032 7296

Passcode: 535320

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89340327296?pwd=UDdVWVZvS1J4RGYyOENzSTMzSExaQT09

 

WHAT ARE THE STEPS I NEED TO TAKE TO AUDITION?

  1. By OCTOBER 2, complete the online registration form.

  2. Get practicing!  

    • Your audition will include two pieces — “We Are Lights” (the FULL song) and “Silent Night” (the FIRST VERSE ONLY). On the website, you’ll find practice tracks and the sheet music for both of these pieces.  Choose the voice part you believe is right for you, then rehearse with the vocal track.  

    • Practice tracks have your vocal part played in your right ear and the rest of the choir parts played in the left.  At the beginning of each track, you'll hear a starting pitch followed by three clicks before the song starts.  Get used to starting with the recording.

    • Test your recording device before singing your final audition to make sure everything is working smoothly.

  3. Record your audition.  (See details below.)  

  4. Name your audition files.  Please use the following format for naming your files — Song_Voice Part_Name (i.e. SilentNight_Alto_MicaGaard).

  5. By OCTOBER 7, submit your audition.  Visit https://www.dropbox.com/request/OuJdxlk9gVJwvy25LeGw to upload your two videos.

  6. Relax and celebrate!  Auditioning is almost always the hardest part, and you’ve now done it!

 

HOW DO I RECORD MY AUDITION?

Setting up your recording session for AUDIO is essential.

  • Use 2 devices -- one to play the audio and one to record with (we recommend playing the track from your computer and singing into your phone).

  • When you record both pieces, do not sing with headphones -- play the track so we can hear both you and the backing track.  Before singing through the entire piece, listen to just a bit of the song to make sure your audio levels are right -- we should hear you a little louder than the track.

  • Press “record” on your device before you turn on your audio so everything is ready to go -- don’t worry if there is a bit of blank set-up time at the beginning of your recording track.

  • When you press “play” for the backing track to start, make sure you hear your note clearly and relax with a deep breath before beginning.

 

Setting up your recording session VISUALLY is an important part of the process (though if you can’t make this work, please don’t worry -- an audio file will be okay for your audition).  For the video, consider --

  • Having your upper body fill most of the camera.  We want to see your face, so framing yourself with little room above your head and about six inches below your shoulders is great.

  • Having your lighting come from in front of you, not behind you, so we don’t get shadows.

  • Recording yourself against a neutral background so as to not distract from your face.

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR THIS AUDITION?

  • Though you really don’t have much time, try to memorize or at least feel comfortable only glancing at your music for “Silent Night” (don’t worry about “We Are Lights” — it’s so long!).  Putting in that extra bit of work goes a long way to show the director you are serious about your audition.

  • Do a few warm-ups before you record to get your voice feeling at its best.

  • Try to pick a quiet place in the house, both so you can focus better and so as not have extraneous noises (like your cat singing along with you).

  • Sing out.  Don’t think about singing to your device, but think about singing to someone at the other end of the room.  Just make sure to test your levels when you do that so you are not pushing the microphone. 

  • When performing, try to be expressive by showing the mood of the piece you are singing.

WHAT IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP FOR THIS AUDITION?

Don’t stress.  We know this isn’t an ideal audition process by any means, but we want to make it as simple for you as possible.  When you’re recording yourself, it’s easy to go back and listen to your take, pick it apart for tiny details that you don’t like, and then re-record it over and over.  Instead, try not to overthink things or worry about perfection.  This recording does not have to be perfect -- it is not the final product.  Really, we’re just trying to get an idea of how you perform. 

 

IF I MAKE IT, WHAT COMES NEXT?

You’ll hear back from someone on the Madrigal Dinner team no later than OCTOBER 14.  Once you hear back from us with our final singer selections, you will be told your official voice part (which may be different than the one you auditioned with) and will begin working on our other two carols, “Joy to the World” and “The First Noel” (both of which we’ll only sing the first verse). Those tracks and sheet music are also here on our website.  

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS NOT ADDRESSED HERE?

Please e-mail our coordinator, jsmithmiller02@yahoo.com, with the subject line “Madrigal Junior High Ensemble” in the subject line.

 

We can’t wait to hear you sing!

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Davis Madrigals, Inc.

PO Box 465

Davis, CA 95617