Singing For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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The big tip to use on singing auditions is to know the typical behavior for your style of music. Pop-rock auditions are more laid-back than opera auditions. The way you dress for the opera audition is very different from how you dress at the pop-rock audition. Knowing these specifics increases your chances of getting the gig. This list highlights some tips to help you at auditions:

  • Choose songs that highlight your vocal strengths.

  • Pick stories you want to tell.

  • Prepare your music in a notebook so your songs are easy to locate. Or bring your recording to sing along with.

  • Polish your resume and print out your headshot to take to the audition.

  • Ask an accompanist to read through your song before your audition.

  • Choose your outfit wisely based on expectations for your type of audition.

  • Polish your acting skills.

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Pamelia S. Phillips, DMA, is the professional program director and chair of voice and music at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) in New York. A seasoned performer, her appearances range from contemporary American Opera premieres to guest performances with major symphonies. Pam has taught extensively at such institutions as Arizona State University and Wagner College. She holds degrees in music education and vocal performance.

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