Freshmen interested in participating in Sing Song 2020 can sign up for the freshmen draft, until Nov. 25.
For the first time in Sing Song history, freshmen have to sign up for the freshman draft to be considered for a spot in one of the two acts. Last year, freshmen interested in participating simply signed a Google Form and were then picked by freshman act directors. Unlike last year, freshmen will now interview and audition in front of judges.
“Everyone who signs up will answer a few questions explaining why they should be chosen for Sing Song,” said Courtney McGaha, ACU student productions upstage coordinator and graphic designer. “Including questions like what musical or artistic experience they may have and why they’re excited about Sing Song.”
If students are unable to attend the freshman draft in person, they may also submit a video of themselves singing.
There is no limit as to how many freshmen can register for the freshman draft, but only 200 students will be selected to participate. The application process will take place over Thanksgiving break which runs from Nov. 27- 29.
“The freshman act directors will look at the entire list of applicants over Thanksgiving and ‘draft’ their acts from that list the week after,” McGaha said. “The chosen participants will then find out which act they’ve made.”
After Nov. 25, at 11:59 p.m., freshmen will no longer be able to sign up to take part in the freshman draft. The freshman draft signup sheet requires students to enter their first and last name, banner I.D. number and what voice part they sing. After entering this, students are required to answer three of five questions regarding the students’ Sing Song spirit, dedication, creativity/artistry, rhythm/movement and musicality. Each question a student chooses to answer requires a three to five sentence answer. Additionally, students have the option of sending in a video of themselves singing 17 measures of “Amazing Grace” by John Newton.
Sing Song is a tradition that has taken place since 1957. It is an a cappella competition in which students compete for different awards such as choreography, set/props, vocals, entertainment and overall winner for their respective division. There are three divisions for students to compete in: women’s, men’s and mixed vocals.
In addition to performing in an act, students also have the option of performing with the Sing Song Dance Team and/or musical numbers in between the different acts.
“The time I put into Sing Song was well worth it,” said Makina Lawdermilk, sophomore livestock management major from Mertzon. “I can’t wait to be a part of it again this year.”
To sign up for the Freshman Draft, go to acustupro.com/draft.