Auditions for Sing Song 2017 host and hostess will take place Oct. 10-11 with applications due by Oct. 6.
Tom Craig, director of student activities and productions, said about looking for host and hostess, “Obviously we look for people who have great vocal ability packaged with good stage presence.” For the first audition, Craig said, “What we tell them they have to prepare for in round one is that they have three minutes on stage. We ask them to prepare bits and pieces of two songs, preferably in two different styles.” Sing Song host and hostess hopefuls need to be able to show that they have a range of ability that sounds good with live music.
The ability of possible host and hostess to connect with the audience while on stage is a major element the panel of judges will look at. The panel of judges is composed of music professionals from the community, therefore creating a blind audition, said Craig.
Sarah Yarbrough, senior marketing major from Farmers Branch, a 2016 Sing Song hostess said, “Being a hostess was a dream for me since middle school and the people I got to meet and work with through the whole process made it an incredible couple of months.”
For students considering to audition Yarbrough said, “Advice that I have is to not be afraid to really own your talent and command the stage.”
After Monday, Oct. 10, round one vocal auditions students who receive messages for call backs will return the next day for round two. Craig said, “If you are called back for Tuesday night then there are more vocal exercises, and then there is a choreography section.”
Students who wish to audition should be in good standing with the university, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be considered a junior at the beginning of the 2016 fall semester. Audition info forms are due by Oct. 6 and can be picked up in the basement of the campus center. Students with any questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org.