There are dozens of excellent alto songs to choose from, whether you have an upcoming audition or performance.
The 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’ve heard many times before; you need to make sure you stand out!
Check out this video for a few alto audition songs, and then keep scrolling for more options that are bound to make an impression.
Best Audition Songs for Altos
1. “I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel
“I Want to Go to Hollywood” is a good choice for younger singers who want to show off their ability to reach lower notes. It is best used for musical theater auditions requiring something a little more upbeat, or for anyone who feels that jazz is their strong point.
2. “Somewhere” – West Side Story
Another one of the most popular audition songs for altos, “Somewhere” shows off your ability to both act and sing. It also includes a number of reasonably high notes, so it highlights 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 can really nail this challenging piece. When sung well, it can be the perfect choice for an up-tempo and jazzy audition.
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4. “Another Night at Darryl’s” – Witches of Eastwick
This is one of the best alto songs on this list. “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.
Full of character, this song is not very frequently used (nor are most other pieces from Witches of Eastwick), so it presents 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.
Any of these alto songs would be an excellent choice for your next performance. But if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out the additional suggestions below.
- “Here We Are” – Gloria Estefan
- “Lithium,” “Good Enough,” or “Lacrymosa” – Evanescence
- “Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” or “Only Yesterday” – The Carpenters
- “The Power of Goodbye,” “Frozen,” or “Live to Tell” – Madonna
Some final pointers – Remember that in musical theater, your song choice is usually dependent on the role for which you’re auditioning.
We also recommend avoiding alto songs that are overused. Songs from shows like Les Miserables and Wicked are very common. However, if you believe you can sing one of these popular songs extremely well, don’t be afraid to use it!
Do you have any more suggestions of good alto audition songs? Let us know in the comments section below.