The Higher Keys hold auditions with Brown’s IGCAC Acapella Consortium. You can check the website linked to see the timing for our audition cycles and other logistical information. In short, we audition once every semester, around 2-3 weeks into the semester.

Below are some frequently asked questions (and, better yet, answers!). Please contact us if you have any other concerns.

Who can audition?
We invite any undergraduate currently enrolled at Brown University or RISD to audition.

How often do you hold auditions?
We hold auditions at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.

What does an audition look like?
Auditions are about 5 minutes long and comprise three parts:

  1. Scales, ascending and descending
  2. Three (3) sets of pitch matching
  3. Solo song a cappella*

* Please prepare 16-32 bars, or a verse and a chorus. You can ask to hear a starting note during your audition.

How do I sign up for an audition?
We will have a sign up sheet with time slots outside our audition room that we put out at the beginning of each night. Slots fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to arrive a bit early.

Do I need to bring anything with me into the audition?
When you sign up for a time slot, we will ask you to fill out an index card with some biographical information and bring it into the audition room.

What song should I prepare for my solo?
There’s no right answer to this. We encourage you to choose a song that you feel comfortable singing and that best shows off your range and strengths as a soloist. In past auditions, we have seen all genres: pop, top 40, rock, jazz, musical theater, R&B, contemporary, classical.

Can I sing a song for my solo that’s not in English?

What happens after auditions?
Callback lists will be posted on the arches of Wayland and MoChamp after auditions end. We will subsequently contact those invited to callbacks.

How many people do you take each semester?
There is never a fixed number of people we are looking to take during any round of auditions. We take new members based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the quality of a prospective member’s audition and the number of current graduating members we have. We also try to balance the voice parts in our group (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass).

Can I try out more than once?
Yes! In fact, many of our members have gotten into the group after multiple auditions.

How often do you rehearse?
The Keys rehearse regularly three times a week for two hours at a time. In addition, we have performances both on and off-campus throughout each semester.

What kinds of performances do you do?
The Keys enjoy singing both on and off College Hill. On-campus performances include arch sings, concerts, fundraising events, and University events.

We perform off-campus at other colleges, local primary and secondary schools, nursing homes, private parties and gigs, and conferences. We also tour annually during winter break or spring break. In years past, the Keys have gone to Charleston, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.

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