15 Powerful Audition Songs for Altos

audition songs for altosThe most important part of vocal auditions is taking a piece and making it your own. When looking for talent, directors don’t want to hear another rendition of something they have heard many times before; you need to make sure you stand out!

In musical theater, your song choice is usually dependent on the role for which you are auditioning. Many singers recommend avoiding songs from shows like Les Miserables and Wicked, as these are very common choices and tend to be overused; however, if you believe you can sing one of these audition songs very well, do not be afraid to use it!

Here are a few options for audition songs for altos that are bound to make an impression.

1. “I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel
The context of this song makes “I Want to Go to Hollywood” a good choice mainly for younger singers who want to show off their ability to reach the lower notes. It is best used for musical theater auditions requiring something a little more upbeat, and for anyone who feels jazz is their strong point.

2. “Somewhere” – West Side Story
Another one of the most popular audition songs for altos, “Somewhere” incorporates interpretation of lyrics into your audition. If you need to show your ability to both act and sing, this song is a great choice. It also includes a number of reasonably high notes, so is useful for showing off your ability to sing a wide range.

3. “I Can Hear the Bells” – Hairspray
I Can Hear the Bells should only be attempted by altos who are sure they have the ability to sing this reasonably challenging piece. When sung well, it can be the perfect choice for an up-tempo and jazzy audition.

4. “Another Night at Darryl’s” – Witches of Eastwick
“Another Night at Darryl’s” is made up entirely of notes that any alto should be able to easily reach, while at the same time shows off a wide range. This is an ideal choice for reflect your talent as an alto rather than falling into the common trap of singing something that is verging on soprano. Full of character, “Another Night at Darryl’s” is not very frequently used (nor are most other pieces from Witches of Eastwick), so it gives a good opportunity for you to “wow” your director!

5. “A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast
Although songs from Beauty and the Beast are frequently used in auditions, “A Change in Me” is not used as often. The song starts quite low but rises much higher near the end, so it’s perfect for showing off a good range.

6. Various gig songs
When looking for audition songs for altos for any other types of gigs, you may want to avoid musical theater songs. Some popular audition songs to consider include:

  • “Here We Are” – Gloria Estefan
  • “Lithium,” “Good Enough” or “Lacrymosa” – Evanescence
  • “Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” or “Only Yesterday” – The Carpenters (great for lower altos)
  • “The Power of Goodbye,” “Frozen,” or “Live to Tell” – Madonna

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12 replies
  1. Indira
    Indira says:

    Hi im in highschool, im a drama major and im trying out for into the woods. But i wanted to know is the song “i can hear the bells” a good song to sing for this audition Please get back to me ASAP ! 🙂

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    • Alexis Kay Bensoussan
      Alexis Kay Bensoussan says:

      I was in the musical Beauty and the Beast at my school (I’m in middle school), and we were given songs to audition with. So here are some songs you could consider to audition with:
      * “Beauty and the Beast”- Mrs. Potts.
      * “Be Our Guest”- Lumiere
      * “Home”- Belle
      These are just a few songs from the musical. Make sure, if you do sing any of these songs, that you know that they are from Beauty and the Beast, and not just a different song.
      I hope I was helpful!

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  2. Phoebe
    Phoebe says:

    Hey, I’m in high school and am trying to get into a production of into the woods. I am an alto. I can’t decide between “a house is not a home,(promises,promises)” “dancing through life,(wicked)” or “status quo,(starship).” The problem is that we can only sing 12 measures of the song. Do any of these sound like a good choice?

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    • Georgie
      Georgie says:

      Hey! I was just in Into the Woods cast as the Baker’s Wife and I used “No Way to Stop It” from The Sound of Music and “If I were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls…. Check those out!

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  3. Nina
    Nina says:

    Auditioning to get into a musical theatre course in my highschool, is I think I got you beat from Shrek a good choice for a female Alto?

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    • veronica
      veronica says:

      For an alto, I recommended checking out songs from Heathers the Musical. Personally, for me, I like to use Dead Girl Walking (depending on the type of show I’m auditioning for) because it’s a good one for an alto. All of Veronica Sawyer’s songs from the show would be good, maybe, though.

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  4. Alice
    Alice says:

    Auditioning for Les Mis in high school, and I am a low alto. Does anyone have any reasonably low but impressive alto songs I could use?

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