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What can I sing for my choir audition?

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QueenOfLists · 15/09/2010 08:22

I have an audition next week for a chamber choir and I need a (soprano) piece to sing. I was thinking maybe a folk song (Vaughan Williams?), or maybe a solo from a choral work, but not sure what.

Something simple but effective would be ideal! Any suggestions?

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QueenOfLists · 15/09/2010 21:36

bump. Anybody?

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lucysnowe · 15/09/2010 21:40

I really like Lark in the Clear Air, it's a gorgeous folk song. A bit up and downy, though. Choral works - I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (breathing is horrible) or Come Unto Him from Messiah? Depends how hard/operatic you want it, I suppose...

SecretNutellaFix · 15/09/2010 21:55

I love "The Bold Grenadier" also known as The Nightingale Song as the folk song choice or "The Water is Wide".

orangina · 15/09/2010 21:57

How about one of the Messiah arias? Or part of one?
Also like "I know that my redeemer......"

fluffyhamster · 15/09/2010 22:00

I sang a Peter Warlock song for an audition once... think it was called The Sleep Song, or something?

ihearthuckabees · 15/09/2010 22:19

Lark in the clear air is a nice suggestion.
Pie Jesu from Faure's Requiem
Schubert's Ave Maria
Drink to me Only with Thine Eyes
Scarborough Fair
Somewhere - West Side Story

Not solos, but you could sing the sop part:
And I saw a new heaven - Edgar Bainton
My soul there is a country - Parry

QueenOfLists · 15/09/2010 22:21

I'll have a look at those - thanks. Lucy - agree with you about breathing in I Know That My Redeemer - I'd forgotten about Come Unto Him though, I like that one.

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QueenOfLists · 15/09/2010 22:24

iheart - good suggestions - hadn't though of just singing the sop line of a choral piece. Love the Bainton, not sung that for years.

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StayingDavidTennantsGirl · 15/09/2010 23:08

I wouldn't sing the soprano line of a choral piece - they may well ask you to sight-sing a soprano part during the audition, so you may want to have done something different.

I sang Twiglight People by Herbert Howells, for mine.

Linden Lea, by Vaughn Williams might be a good choice - it has a wide range, allows you to show off good breath control and dynamics, with an interesting change of mood in the final verse.

Katisha · 15/09/2010 23:10

Sing something you already know would be my advice.

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