Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fall 2015 Choral auditions

Prior to the start of the fall semester, we will be holding auditions for the 2015-16 OBU choral ensembles. These groups include the University Chorale, Bison Glee Club, and Bisonette Glee Club. Here's what the choral audition will look like:

1. Vocalizing to test your range--to see how high and how low you can sing. We're trying to determine which voice part you are most comfortable singing.

2. Hearing you sing a selection of your choosing with piano accompaniment. This can be anything ranging from something you've sung for solo contest (art song) to a simple folk song, Broadway tune or maybe just a stanza of a hymn. We just want to hear a good example of your solo voice. A pianist will be provided.

3. Testing your ability to sight-read your part on a short piece of music.

That's it! 
Come early to your audition to fill out an information sheet

Auditions during "Welcome Week" will be Tuesday, August 18th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. They will be held in Raley Chapel room 203. To sign up for an audition time, go to the Fall Audition "Google Doc" by clicking here PLEASE try to sign up next to someone so as not to create gaps.

Contact Dr. Ballweg at brent.ballweg@okbu.edu if you have any questions. Looking forward to a GREAT 2015-16!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring 2015 Choral Auditions

Announcing auditions for the 2015-16 OBU Choirs!  The very informal audition will consist of the following:

1. Vocalizing to test your range--to see how high and how low you can sing. We're trying to determine which voice part you are most comfortable singing.

2. If you CURRENTLY sing in an OBU choral ensemble: Hearing you sing your part on a section from a piece in your current repertoire. 

If you are NOT currently singing in an OBU choral ensemble: Hearing you sing a selection of your choosing with piano accompaniment. This can be anything ranging from something you've sung for solo contest (art song) to a simple folk song, Broadway tune or maybe just a stanza of a hymn. We just want to hear a good example of your solo voice. A pianist will be provided.


3. Testing your ability to sight-read on a short piece of music.

That's it! 
Come early to your audition to fill out an information sheet.

Auditions will be Tuesday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 6th from 1:30-5:30 p.m.  They will be held in Raley Chapel room 203 (choral rehearsal room).  To sign up for an audition time, go to the Spring Audition "Google Doc" by clicking here PLEASE try to sign up next to someone so as not to create gaps.

Contact Dr. Ballweg at brent.ballweg@okbu.edu if you have any questions. Looking forward to a GREAT 2015-16!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Benefits to singing in a choir

I wonder if we realize all that singing in a choir does for us.  Why do we do it?  Check out http://www.choirplace.com/blogs/78/198/there-are-plenty-of-good-reasons and see how many directly relate to you.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Movement while singing

Excellent performance by Riverside City College Chamber Singers. Is their movement enhancing or distracting? I tend to think the former as they appear to be totally involved in the music. Perhaps you can allow your body (and mind) to be more connected to your singing and to the music!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Vonr6zq3Veg