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so you want to be an ephlat.

Good choice! Below you will find everything you need to know about auditioning and what it entails.

first off, where and when?

Auditions will be held September 10-13. Signup sheets are posted in Paresky mailroom. Also look out for us at the Purple Key Fair. All are encouraged to audition--no experience necessary!

How does it work?

Very simple. Show up to your scheduled audition time a few minutes early to fill out a little information slip. We’ll do some exercises to warm up your voice, and then figure out your singing range and do a little pitch matching. After that, you’ll sing for us the part (or whole, if you want) of the song you’ve prepared. It can be anything! Seriously, we’ve heard everything from “Happy Birthday” to Gin and Juice.

What happens then?

After first-round auditions, callbacks will be posted in Paresky by our sign-up poster by the morning of Friday, September 15. Callback auditions will be held during the late morning and early afternoon that Saturday. After that...well, it’s a secret. Sorry!

What are we looking for?

This year, we have openings for all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)! We are also in the market for a beatboxer (vocal percussion), so we would especially encourage you to try out if you’ve got some skill in that department.

How many people do you call back?

Typically, we get around 70-80 first-round auditions. Out of those, we call back about 20. On any given year, we typically take three to five new members.

The only singing I do is in the shower. Should I audition?

Yes! The great thing about Williams a cappella is that you don’t need to be a musical genius or a natural-born performer. Even if you think singing isn’t your forte, we encourage you to try out for as many groups as you can. You might surprise yourself!

Your FAQ sucks. I have more questions.

No problem, just send an email to (Rainer, the president of the group) or (Amanda, one of our music directors) with any question you might have! Auditions can be a stressful and mysterious process, but we’re here to make things simpler for you. Good luck!