2009 Fall: Inside Admissions

Sunday, September 27, 2009
Recital Hall
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco

Teachers nationwide agree about what they want to hear and see at auditions for admission to undergraduate vocal performance programs. Yet prospective students keep making the same mistakes. Let our panel show you how to apply and audition successfully.

Students, parents and teachers of college-bound singers (all ages) are urged to attend. Information for both classical/opera and musical theater will be included.

PANELISTS: Wendy Hillhouse (moderator,) Pam Fry (San Francisco Conservatory of Music,) Brian Staufenbiel (U.C. Santa Cruz,) Debra Lambert (Notre Dame de Namur)

The symposium will be in two parts:
1. Panel Discussion: How the admissions process works from application to acceptance: what is expected of a young singer on the application and at the audition. Lots of time will be devoted to answering questions from the audience.
2. Mock Audition: Up to 8 singers will each present one piece from the art song, aria or musical theatre repertoire, accompanied by Dr. Timothy Bach, Accompanying Program Chair at SFCM. Panelists will point out what makes a successful audition.

*SFBAC Teachers*
Please submit your nominations for “Mock Auditioners” (students who are planning to apply to college vocal performance programs within the next two years) by 10:00 a.m. September 11 to Aleicia Byrnes Programs Chair. Include your contact info, student’s name, age, gender, and genre and title of song to be sung. Participants and alternates will be selected by lottery by SFBAC.

Contact Wendy Hillhouse or Aleicia Byrnes for more info.

Presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, National Association of Teachers of Singing, in conjunction with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Admissions Department.

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