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The Perfect Audition Book

THE PERFECT
AUDITION
BOOK
1ST YEAR INTRO TO MUSICAL THEATRE

WHAT DRIVES SUCCESS

EXPECTATIONS OF MUSICAL THEATRE SINGERS

ANALYZING SONGS

EXCAVATING THE SONG

CABARET PERFORMANCES

PERFORMANCE GUIDES

THE PERFECT AUDITION BOOK

RIFFING

SECOND YEAR SONG STUDY
MUSICAL THEATRE SINGERS OF NOTE

CABARET SONG-TYPES AND STRUCTURE
THEATRE NEWS

VOCALISES

REPERTOIRE HELP

AUDITION GUIDES

ROCK STYLES

Notes for Presenting the Perfect Audition Book
When preparing your Audition Book, follow the guidelines in The Complete Profession
Audition (below) with one important exception: Do NOT highlight anything on your
music. In certain light, the highlighting actually obscures the indication you’re
highlighting.
Please read this short chapter: The Condition of Your Music (from The Complete
Professional Audition)
The Master list of Song Categories is here. Please note that there are a few updates from
earlier versions: Audition Book Song Categories 2012

In addition to his words, I will also ask you to observe these guidelines.
•Make all marks in dark pencil or black pen. Write legibly and do not use cursive as it
can be difficult to read.
•Audition books should be three-ring binders, no bigger than 2 inches wide. The superlarge binders make turning pages difficult.
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Friml and Victor Herbert. present the music so the pianist sees only what she will be playing.html 2/5 . Most sheet music folios are larger that 8 1/2 X 11. •When purchasing music from musicnotes. The Student Prince and others by Romberg.com or a similar website. don’t just make X’s through the music or draw arrows where the pianist needs to go. •Nothing should be cut off the page! This includes chords symbols at the top of the page and the left hand piano staff at the bottom of the page. •When making cuts in a song. Songs you sing frequently sing should have a 16-bar. In other words. a 32-bar and the full song as separate copies. taping the sides at the top and bottom and three-hole punching the music.6/11/2014 The Perfect Audition Book •Write indications such as ritards and fermatas in the piano part. Operetta.org/For_Education_Purposes_Only/The_Perfect_Audition_Book. Gilbert and Sullivan. select a song that fits your vocal range and color. tempo. Audition Book Song Categories The following song types should appear in your well-organized audition book. blank sides facing each other. 1. make several copies so you will have a clean copy as a back up. The Merry Widow. to 90% to 92%. Please use these only if they are not heavily marked up or if it is the only resources you can find. Choose http://excavatingthesong. •Use handwritten scores only when they are the only resource available. These songs show diction. choose a patter song and a ballad. when copying from music books. vocal technique and a sense of humor. Men. 2. •Reduce music. This is especially important if you’ve made cuts where this information is left off. •Be sure that the title. •All music should be double-sided. •You may be fortunate to have access to Piano/Conductor scores. Operatic aria or classical art song. They make turning pages difficult. present the music without a page turn. Advanced: Include different copies of each song you sing marked clearly with each cutting. character actor. If your cutting is only 2 pages. 3. Early Musical Comedy/Tin Pan Alley or a Vaudeville Novelty Song. •The best way to double-side music is to place single-sided music. style (such as Swing) and composer/lyricist are at the top of the page. The piece should be something that shows technique and range. show. 4. The Desert Song. •Please do not use staples. Young mezzos can skip this category as all the mezzo arias are for the older. Women. not the vocal part.

Jerome Kern. 1960s/1970s Show tunes (Ballad and up-tempo. late Irving Berlin and many. Janis Joplin.html 3/5 . Lerner and Loewe. Jule Styne. Chess. Buddy Holly. This category is becoming less important as most Pop/Rock show auditions would prefer you to sing an actual Pop/Rock song. Melissa Ethridge. not pop/rock) Kander and Ebb. 5. Diane Warwick.B.. Phil Collins. Rock Musical (Ballad and up-tempo)from the late 60s to the mid-80s. Funny Thing. 10. etc. George Gershwin. Barry Manilow. Jesus Christ Superstar. Hair. Queen. E) Contemporary Pop/Rock. Choose something from a book musical between 1943 and the late-1960s that fits your type.. Beach Boys. You want to find something that you can both act and sing well…something that shows your voice and your “essence. Simon and Garfunkel. Bon Jovi. two contrasting songs from the last 15 years or so. Golden Age ballad and up tempo. Bonny Raitt. personality and sense of humor. 7. by keep it faithful to the original. Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are the places to start. 8. Billy Joel. Christopher Cross. maturity and strong musicianship. Choose a song or two that show intelligence.” Up tempos should be something that allows your body to respond to the rhythm of the song. Cy Coleman. Aretha Franklin. C) Country.to late-Beatles and others. From any period. late Porter.org/For_Education_Purposes_Only/The_Perfect_Audition_Book. Elvis Presley. Top 40 songs from these eras not from musicals: A) Early Rock and Roll Uptempo. Styx. That style should go into one of the next categories. Stevie Wonder. Rent.Whitney Houston. Tina Turner. Dreamgirls.6/11/2014 The Perfect Audition Book an up-tempo song that is catchy and straightforward that shows your charm. Don't make fun of the style. Donna Summer. Early Beatles. D) 1980s Pop hit Uptempo and Ballad. Some suggestions include Elton John. Joni Mitchell. http://excavatingthesong. N. and American Idiot. Girl Groups B) 1960s/1970s pop/rock. Carole King.Forum doesn't qualify for this category as it is so different from the style of the rest of his shows. pre-1943. many modern shows that require a wide variety of different styles. This is especially important for character men and women. Choose something that's “real” Country and not pop/rock Country of the last few years. it’s not a bad idea to have several in each category. Kenny Loggins and Michael Jackson. Stevie Wonder. Godspell. There are many. Loesser. Rodgers and Hammerstein. Carly Simon. High Fidelity. Rodgers and Hart. This is about the combination of singing style and acting skills. Depending on your type. mid. Neil Diamond. Perhaps one song is a Pop song from the radio and the other is from a less-popular Rock band. many others. Try to find songs that are suitable for shows such as Spring Awakening. Kelly Clarkson. Pippin. Jerry Hermann. Rick Springfield. 6. Sondheim. This category is not absolutely essential to your book but is a helpful addition. 9. Sheena Easton. Standard Ballad and Up-tempo. Mariah Carey.

This could be anything that shows something unique and special about your abilities. 13. Reduce the copy ratio as needed. The Money Cutting. It’s better to choose an earlier Disney song like the Sherman Brothers or any great song from a movie (especially 1960s to 1980s). a 16-bar version and an 8-bar version) shows you at your very best vocally and matches your personality and strengths as a performer. Look for songs from earlier Disney shows. •Prepare each song in its complete form (90 to 120 seconds. 12. Adam Guettel. a 32-bar cutting and a 16-bar cutting. The Post-millennium style is best represented by folks like Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. Contemporary Art Song. Michael John LaChiusa and others. William Finn. comedy. If the music is on just two pages. Ricky Ian Gordon. Choose something that shows acting skills. Check the tops and bottoms of the pages carefully. like “Moon River” or “It Might Be You” can also be great for this category. patter. These songs are often very straightforward and well known. Some final thoughts and instructions •Depending on your vocal and character type. Peter Mills. •Music should be copied double-sided. •None of the music should be cut off the page. high soprano. The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas. Post-millennium (since 2000). Chris Miller. See Appendix 3 in Excavating the Song. Seth Bisen-Hersh. present it in your book such that the pianist doesn't need to turn pages. 15. Jason Robert Brown. Scott Alan and many others. Really well know Film tunes. http://excavatingthesong.html 4/5 .org/For_Education_Purposes_Only/The_Perfect_Audition_Book. Some exceptions can be made for having Gilbert and Sullivan and/or Operetta. Yodel. Ahrens & Flaherty. Clearly indicate introductions and endings. John Bucchino. Avoid songs from Beauty and the Beast. 16. Joe Iconis.6/11/2014 The Perfect Audition Book 11. eliminate extraneous markings on your music. Regardless of style or period. Please be aware that not everything since 2000 qualifies for this category. 17. Andrew Lippa. super high belt are some possibilities. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz songs are often oversung. Disney or film tune. everyone should have something that allows your singing technique to shine. Be creative and outside the box. etc. it may not be necessary to have absolutely every one of these categories. African-Americans should have a Gospel song in their book. Specialty number. Contemporary musical theatre (Ballad and up-tempo). singing skills and strong musicianship. •To avoid confusion. Georgia Stitt. The point is to sing a well-known song well so that they can really hear the strength your voice. Choose songs that reveal something true about you. this short cutting (you need a 32-bar version. However. You don't need to do repeats). 90% generally works. 14.

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