Thank you for your interest in The Dear Abbeys!
As all of our members and alumni will tell you, being in the Dear Abbeys is a unique and fulfilling aspect of "the college experience". Although not many Abbeys pursue degrees in music, all of our guys love singing, so the opportunity to bond over this shared passion is special. Our members enter the group with various musical backgrounds: some are instrumentalists, some sang in school choirs, and some never even participated in music programs but simply auditioned because of a passion and interest in singing! As far as majors go, current Abbeys study a range of subjects including business, engineering, neuroscience, communications, international relations, and more. This variety in academic pursuits makes every rehearsal and performance an opportunity to be free from the stress of school. Together, we create something amazing.
We love to welcome new members and are are happy that you’re considering auditioning for the group. On this page, we have outlined a few good details concerning the audition process.
College is a time to try new things, why not perform, record, and tour with the Abbeys?
What to expect during your audition:
Our audition process is pretty casual. When you come in, we first just want to get to know you for who you are, so we will chat for a bit before getting down to the singing. We want you to be comfortable and feel relaxed!
Our music director (an elected member of the group who leads our rehearsals) will guide you through a quick warm-up so we can get an idea of your tone/quality, vocal range, and musicality.
Then we’ll hear you sing the verse and chorus of a song you feel showcases your voice best. This means, at the very least, you should memorize your lyrics! We understand that the beginning of the year is very busy and stressful, but taking the time to prepare a solid, smooth audition shows us you mean business. This is where we see who you are as a singer, so let it rip!
We recommend that you avoid show-tunes, as they do not reflect the group’s vocal style. To get an idea of what type of songs we do perform, check out our Spotify account, The Dear Abbeys, to hear some recordings.
Auditions for the 2017-2018 school year are Friday, September 15th 6:30-9:30 CFA 154, Saturday, September 16th 11-3 CFA 171, and Sunday, September 17th 6-9 CFA 410.
Thank you again for your interest in auditioning for The Dear Abbeys! Good luck, and we look forward to meeting you!