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Want to audition for the classiest co-ed a cappella group on campus?

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Auditions - Fall 2018

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AUDITIONS will be Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd.
CALLBACKS will be Monday, September 3rd through Wednesday, September 5th. 

Liggett Koenig Library. 

Prepare 30 - 45 seconds (or a verse and a chorus) of a song that you feel showcases YOUR unique voice. We don't specify a particular genre of music for the initial audition, but a pop/indie/radio genre one is preferred over musical theatre or classical. The song should be melodic (as in, don't rap for us. It's cool, but we need to hear some notes). In addition, if you are able to do vocal percussion (beatboxing), then we'd love to hear you lay something down for us. To read more about the general audition process, visit the ACAC website. Get ready to sing back song meolodies, tap some rythms, and have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any previous singing experience?
Not necessarily. Many of our members have some kind of background in choir, but not all. The most important musical skills we are looking for are a strong sense of pitch and good tone. The ability to read music, while not always required, is also highly recommended.

What will an After Dark audition be like?
Round I auditions are short (10 minute time slots) and very laid back (we promise). Basically, we have two goals during this first audition. First, we'd like to get to know a little about you personally. You're taking time out of your schedule to demonstrate your interest in us, and we feel like we owe it to you to know more about you than the fact that you're tall and you sang such-and-such. So we might ask you a few questions about your musical interests, your hometown, or where you got such cute shoes. There are no right or wrong answers. We really just want to get to know you a little better and help you relax before singing. Next, we'll want to hear your singing voice, of course. We might have you sing a few scale-like vocal warm-ups on a syllable like "la." We may also give you a simple sight reading exercise. Don't worry, it won't be too hard! Our goal is to get a taste for the complete range of your voice. Then we might have you do a few exercises in tonal memory, in which we'll play a few notes on the piano and we'll have you sing them right back to us. Then our favorite part: we'll ask you to sing your solo for us! After you do your thing, we'll tell you what a great job you did and then you're through. Pretty simple, right?

What about callbacks?
Callbacks require a little bit more preparation. We'll ask you to prepare another song to sing for us (again 30-45 seconds in length), but this time we will ask you to choose a song from a different genre. So if your last song was a slow indie song, you might choose an upbeat pop song for your callback. Don't worry though; if you mess up and sing the same song in your callback as you did for your audition, then it definitely will not be held against you. We'll test you again on your range and tonal memory, but we might also ask you to clap out a few simple rhythms, do some simple ear- training exercises, and listen to you sing and blend with the group. As with the first audition, we'll try to make the callback process as fun and relaxed as possible.

How much of a time commitment is it?
After Dark is a big time commitment, but it definitely does not prevent you from pursuing other interests. Members are involved in Greek Life, clubs, student government, student admissions committee, community service organizations, academic honoraries, and a host of other extra-curricular activities, all while taking on full course-loads. We typically rehearse three times a week, totalling 6-8 hours a week. We perform on- and off-campus gigs regularly, host our bi-annual two-night concerts, a Halloween Concert and a Spring Concert, compete in the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), and spend time in the studio recording our albums found on iTunes and Spotify. But if you ask any After Dark member, the first thing they'll say is how much fun it is to be involved in the group (go ahead, ask one). After Dark members actually enjoy spending time together, and they often hang out outside of a cappella, too. This includes optional fall-break, winter-break, or long-weekend trips. Being a member of After Dark requires energy and dedication, but it definitely does not exclude you from any of the other activities that Wash. U. has to offer.

Our schedule for the academic year 2017-2018 was as follows:
MONDAY: 9-11pm
SUNDAY: 3-5pm
Our days and times are chosen at the beginning of each semester based on our members' schedules, so don't sweat if these times aren't compatible with your schedule! 

Any more questions? Feel free to ask! We love to hear from interested students. Please email our Auditions Coordinator, Alex Kramer, at [email protected], or our Group Coordinators, Lex Payne and Collin Kilgore, at [email protected] with any other questions you may have.

Check out this video tutorial for tips on how to rock your After Dark audition.