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30 Fantastic Musical Theater Audition Songs for Kids [Videos]

Theater Audition Songs for Kids

In this article, voice teacher Molly R. shares her top picks for musical theater audition songs for kids…

There are so many opportunities for kids that love musical theater these days! The popularity of the “junior” editions of big Broadway shows is steadily increasing, for one. There are also several companies across the country that specialize in showcasing kids and only kids, as well as tons of musical theater summer camps.

Needless to say, it’s super exciting to be a young performer. However, one thing that remains tricky is finding suitable repertoire that is both age-appropriate as well as fun. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

Musical Theater Songs for Kids

But First, a Few Things to Keep in Mind…

Many of these songs that I recommend are NOT from Broadway shows, but are definitely casting director-approved. Generally, there is more flexibility with kids’ repertoire as there aren’t as many roles for them. That means Disney movies, old standards, and novelty songs are some other styles will sometimes work just fine, unless the production team says otherwise.

Most of all, casting directors are looking for performers who can prepare good material and perform confidently, and often won’t be as specific in their audition requirements with kids as they are with adult actors.

While some of the songs in this list are meant to be sung by a specific gender, there are also several songs that work beautifully for either! So let’s dive in – here are 30 great musical theater audition songs for girls, audition songs for boys, and audition songs for kids in general.

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Girls

1. “I Always Knew” — Annie Warbucks

2. “Home” — Wonderland
3. “The Girl I Mean To Be” — The Secret Garden
4. “Born to Entertain” — Ruthless! The Musical
5. “Let Me Entertain You” — Gypsy
6. “Sayonara” — How to Eat Like a Child

7. “Reflection” — Mulan
8. “The World Above” — The Little Mermaid
9. “Gee, I’m Glad I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me” — Anne of Green Gables

10. “On the Good Ship Lollipop” — Shirley Temple

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Boys

  1. “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” — A Christmas Story: The Musical

2. “A Round Shouldered Man” — The Secret Garden
3. “My Best Girl” — Mame
4. “Gary, Indiana” — The Music Man
5. “Different” — Honk!
6. “Getting Tall” — Nine

7. “Electricity” — Billy Elliott
8. “Little People” — Les Misérables
9. “The Bare Necessities” — The Jungle Book
10. “A Letter from Charlie Bucket” — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Girls OR Boys

1. “When I Grow Up” — Matilda the Musical

2. “The Tree” — The Me Nobody Knows
3. “Who Will Buy?” — Oliver!
4. “Getting to Know You” — The King and I

5. “The Ugly Duckling” — Hans Christian Anderson
6. “Be Kind To Your Parents” — Fanny
7. “I Love to Laugh” — Mary Poppins
8. “Happiness” — You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

9. “I Won’t Grow Up” — Peter Pan
10. “Put On a Happy Face” — Bye Bye Birdie

Final Tips for Aspiring Broadway Stars

Some of these songs are more complex than others, so it’s crucial that kids work closely with a voice teacher to prepare their chosen audition pieces. In addition to musical accuracy, your young actor will impress their panel if they really know what they are singing about— so it’s a good idea that they do their homework as far as researching the character and show, too!

Confidence is key, and a voice teacher can certainly help with that. TakeLessons does a wonderful job of matching kids up with the perfect teacher. Check out their online or in-person singing lessons so your child will be prepared to hit center stage.

Have fun exploring these fantastic audition songs for kids, and break a leg!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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30 Romantic Songs to Sing at Weddings

30 MORE Romantic Songs to Sing at Weddings

As a wedding singer, choosing a song that represents the couple and their love story can feel like a lot of pressure! As you’re working with the bride and groom, here are some ideas from voice teacher Molly R. for choosing the perfect songs to sing.

If you’re a singer, you might already know how fun (and let’s face it: lucrative!) it can be to offer wedding gigs.

Sometimes, the happy couple knows exactly what they want as far as the song goes. But often, they are certainly open to suggestions from the professional!

Before you decide which songs to sing at a wedding, think about the following:

1. Consider the couple.

If the bridge and groom are young and hip, a Josh Groban song might not fly! Likewise, if it’s an older couple, they may want an old standard. If you know the couple personally, you might already know what kind of music they like. Browse through my recommendations below and offer them a couple of ideas to go from.

2. Consider the ceremony.

Another important thing to consider is whether the event is super formal, or more casual. A beautiful classical song is ideal for a formal wedding in a church, but you may want a more current love song for a backyard wedding with a more laidback vibe.

3. Consider your own strengths.

The final thing to consider is… YOU! When selecting any song, you have to think about your voice type, vocal ability, and styles that you sing comfortably in. A Handel aria would be out of some pop singers’ ability, and likewise, an opera singer may sound completely awkward singing the Beatles.

Now that you’ve put some thought into it, take a look at my recommendations below. There’s a lot more where these came from, so just use these as a starting point!

Traditional/Classical Songs to Sing at a Wedding

1. “Let the Bright Seraphim” – Handel

2. “Panis Angelicus” – César Franck
3. “Ave Maria” – Bach/Gounod
4. “Bist du bei mir” (If you are with me) – Bach
5. “Irish Wedding Song” (Traditional)
6. “Ich Liebe Dich” (I Love You) – Beethoven
7. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban

Pop Songs (Old and New) to Sing at a Wedding

1. “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters

2. “At Last” – Etta James
3. “Just the Way You Are”- Billy Joel
4. “I Can’t Wait” – Ben LaRue
5. “All of Me”- John Legend
6. “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray
7. “Here and Now” – Luther Vandross
8. “Here, There and Everywhere” – The Beatles
9. “Thinking Out Loud”- Ed Sheeran
10. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain

Broadway and Movie Songs for Weddings

1. “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof”

2. “Someone Like You” from “Jekyll and Hyde”
3. “Till There Was You” from “The Music Man”
4. “One Hand, One Heart” from “West Side Story”
5. “A Thousand Years” – Sung by Christina Perri, from “Twilight”
6. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley, from “Blue Hawaii”
7. “Evergreen”- Barbra Streisand, from “A Star is Born”
8. “There You’ll Be” – Faith Hill, from “Pearl Harbor”

Duets to Sing at Weddings

1. “Endless Love” – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

2. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
3. “The Closer I Get to You” – Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway
4. “E Più Ti Penso” (The More I Think of You) – Andrea Bocelli and Ariana Grande
5. “Lucky” – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

If you’re having a hard time deciding on a song, check in with your voice teacher. Brainstorm together, keeping your vocal strengths in mind, to really come up with something that’ll impress the bridge and groom! Your teacher can also help you prepare for the big event so you feel confident.

Most of all, have fun with it! Weddings are beautiful, and it’s such a great feeling knowing you’re contributing to the experience of both the bridal party and the guests. Enjoy it!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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50 Best Age-Appropriate Theater Audition Songs for Teens

MO - 50 Best Age-Appropriate Theater Audition Songs for Teens

As a teen, it’s important to choose an audition song that not only shows off your voice, but is also age-appropriate. Here, voice teacher Molly R. shares a few tips for selecting your song, plus 50 top picks for musical theater audition songs for teen girls and boys.

It’s wonderful to be a teen musical theater performer! There are so many great opportunities at this age – high school productions, community theater, and even professional theater for a lucky few.

But it’s not always easy to choose the perfect musical theater audition song. In this post, you’ll find top recommendations for audition songs for boys and girls, but you’ll also want to keep a couple of things in mind…

1) What is the production staff looking for?

If they say “don’t sing from the show,” then don’t! However, you DO want to find something as close as possible to the show in question.

For example, is the company doing an edgier show like “Rent”? If so, you may want to sing an audition song from a show like “Spring Awakening” or even “Hair”. If they’re doing an older classic like “Carousel”, consider something else by Rodgers and Hammerstein, like “South Pacific”, or something from the same era, like “My Fair Lady”.

2) What audition song suits YOU?

What is your type? Are you more of the leading man? The sweet ingenue? Maybe you’re a sassy belter, or a character actor.

The good news is that there is a huge variety of songs that are appropriate (and fun) for teen musical theater performers. This list includes songs for all types of voices and personalities, with several different styles and time periods. While many of these songs and tried-and-true classics, many are lesser-known and will delight your audition panel.

Audition Songs for Teens

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Teen Girls

1. “Frank Mills” — Hair

2. “I’m Not At All In Love” — The Pajama Game
3. “Think of Me” — Phantom of the Opera
4. “Beautiful Candy” — Carnival
5. “Mama Who Bore Me” — Spring Awakening
6. “Once Upon a Dream” — Jekyll and Hyde

7. “How Can I Wait?” — Paint Your Wagon
8. “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” — My Fair Lady
9. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” — Funny Girl
10. “Tryouts” — Bring It On: The Musical
11. “My Big French Boyfriend” — The Toxic Avenger
12. “Love Makes Such Fools of Us All” — Barnum
13. “A Wonderful Guy” — South Pacific
14. “Sing Happy” — Flora the Red Menace

15. “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” — Camelot
16. “Astonishing” — Little Women
17. “Live Out Loud” — A Little Princess
18. “So In Love” — Kiss Me Kate
19. “Heaven Help My Heart” — Chess
20. “Out of My Dreams” — Oklahoma!
21. “Still Hurting” — The Last Five Years
22. “The Finer Things” — Jane Eyre: The Musical

23. “Once Upon a Time” — Brooklyn: The Musical
24. “Once You Lose Your Heart” — Me and My Girl
25. “Waitin’ for My Dearie” — Brigadoon

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Teen Boys

1. “Ten Minutes Ago” — Cinderella

2. “This is the Moment” — Jekyll and Hyde
3. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” — Les Misérables
4. “I Believe” — The Book of Mormon
5. “One Song Glory” — Rent
6. “Where Do I Go?” — Hair
7. “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” — Guys and Dolls
8. “I, Huckleberry, Me” — Big River
9. “Proud of Your Boy” — Aladdin

10. “Her Face” — Carnival
11. “It’s All Right With Me” — Can-Can
12. “Fallin’” — They’re Playing Our Song
13. “On the Street Where You Live” — My Fair Lady
14. “Sarah” — The Civil War
15. “I’m a Bad, Bad Man” — Annie Get Your Gun
16. “Real Live Girl” — Little Me

17. “Anthem” — Chess
18. “Love, I Hear” — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
19. “Momma, Look Sharp” — 1776
20. “Love Changes Everything” — Aspects of Love
21. “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” — Oklahoma!

22. “Me” — Beauty and the Beast
23. “Passeggiata” — The Light in the Piazza
24. “Make Them Hear You” — Ragtime
25. “Santa Fe” — Newsies”

Final Tips for Your Audition

I recommend being prepared with a few solid songs, as you never know if they’ll ask for more! Your repertoire book should have a variety of audition songs that include old and new shows, a song from a pop/rock musical, and at least one Disney song that suits you. And of course, make sure that you’ve had adequate time to practice and prepare before the audition.

If you’re confused about what to select or how to sing it, consult a voice teacher near you, or find one online. A professional vocal coach will ensure that your voice is prepped and ready for your next audition. Have fun exploring the world of musical theater, and break a leg!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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Digital Sheet Music & iPad Apps: Should You Make the Switch?

Digital Sheet Music, iPad Apps, and More (1)Feeling overwhelmed by pages and pages of sheet music? If you’re tech-savvy, you might want to consider switching to an all-digital library. Here, Elaina R. reviews the pros and cons of using digital sheet music, the best sheet music apps, and how to make the switch…

 

I recently purchased a tablet. I didn’t buy this tablet for scrolling through Instagram or catching up on TV shows, though. I purchased it to replace my bloated, disorganized music folder.

That’s right – I now almost exclusively use digital sheet music. At rehearsals these days I’m holding my tablet, not a binder. And I am so glad I made the switch!

If you already have a tablet (or are thinking about purchasing one), you could switch over to digital sheet music too. Digital sheet music for singers — that you download onto your iPad or other tablet device — alleviates many of the issues involved with using physical copies and can make for a happier, more organized musician (like me)! Here are the pros and cons of making the switch – and what you will need if you decide to do it.

Digital sheet music pros


Less Stuff, More Music

I finally snapped because of a paper mess that’s been brewing in my studio for years. I have reams of old photocopies, opera scores, song books, and oratorio scores lining my shelves. The books are nice, but if you only need to sing one piece it’s annoying to lug a whole book around. The binders of photocopies have become progressively more unwieldy in the last decade. They are now so big that I dread having to take them out.

On top of all that, as a full-time professional singer, I go through an insane amount of music. My everyday binder, which contained all of the music I was working on, exploded all over my bag at least once a day. My house was buried in stacks of photocopies and scores. The situation was bad for the environment, bad for my back, and bad for my sanity. Finally, after losing an important tax document in a gigantic pile of sheet music, I realized that something had to change.

Now, all of my music fits into my slim tablet. I have way more music with me than I could possibly carry around in hard-copy format, and it’s neatly organized and easily accessible.

You Can’t Lose Things

Back to the tax document. When you’re handling large volumes of sheet music, it takes a lot of patience and time to organize it. If you fall behind in your organization, you start to lose music — sometimes music that you desperately need! With a tablet, that possibility is mitigated (much to my relief).

It’s Environmentally Friendly

In the old days, I felt a twinge of guilt every time I had to print a new piece of music. Now I have all of the music I need without using a single sheet of paper. This is particularly helpful if you are part of a singing group, like I am. When I switched over to digital sheet music, four of my five co-workers did the same thing. We are killing far fewer trees these days!

digital sheet music cons


Technical Difficulties 

Change requires a learning curve, and switching to digital sheet music is no exception. Since I bought my tablet expressly as a music reader, I had to learn how to use it while I acquainted myself with the sheet music app I use. There’s still a lot I don’t know about it, and I had to look up instructions for a few of the trickier functions.

However, overall there were no major hurdles… except one. For some reason, trying to import documents from Google Drive to the app causes my tablet to crash. It’s bizarre, but luckily there are many other ways I can import music into the program.

Also, when using a tablet to read music, you need to keep that tablet charged. I got pretty freaked out when I realized that one of my co-workers had 17% battery during a performance the other day. If you are good about keeping your smartphone charged, I’m sure you won’t have a problem remembering to charge your tablet.

Writing On Music

One of the concerns I had about using digital vocal sheet music was maintaining the ability to write on the music. When I use old-fashioned paper, I spend rehearsals scribbling notes all over the pages. The process of writing on digital music is a little more complex. Writing freehand with a finger or stylus takes incredible dexterity (which I do not possess). However, highlighting is easy, and typing instructions onto the music looks cleaner than handwriting ever could.

Staying Uniform in Performance

I sometimes have to perform works that are not memorized. In these cases, singers are usually expected to use a uniform black folder. I usually just put my tablet into one of these folders, which, while annoying, is not insufferable. I’m still on the lookout for a tablet case that has a completely black, finished inside flap – I think that would look enough like a black folder to be acceptable. If you see one, let me know!

how to get sheet music on ipad


Do the pros outweigh the cons for you? Great! Here’s what you’ll need to make the jump to digital music.

Tablet

First and foremost, you’ll need a tablet. If you already have one lying around, you’re in luck. If not, don’t feel obligated to buy a $400 model; just make sure the screen is large enough for you to read music comfortably. I got my RCA Viking Pro, which has a 10.1-inch screen, on sale for $80.

Digital Music Library / Sheet Music App

Then, you’ll need a sheet music app to organize, edit, and view your music. You can create setlists, highlight, add notes, and much more.

FAQ: What are the best sheet music apps for iPads and Android tablets?

If you have an iPad, I recommend forScore ($9.99). Got an Android like me? Get MobileSheets Pro ($12.99).

Other options for sheet music readers apps are:

Smartphone Scanner

A smartphone scanner comes in handy when you have a hard copy that you need to import into your digital music library.

FAQ: How do I put sheet music on my iPad?

All you have to do is take pictures of your sheet music with your scanner app; the app adjusts the white balance to make it look like a photocopy. I use TinyScanner, which is free for both iOS and Android.

Where to Find Digital Sheet Music for Singers

If you need new music, you can avoid hard copies entirely by downloading digital versions. Here are the top three websites I use to get my digital copies, but this is by no means a comprehensive list.

  • IMSLP: This website has tons of public domain (classical) available for download, all for free.
  • SheetMusicPlus: SheetMusicPlus sells digital copies of music ranging from pop to classical.
  • MusicNotes: This site is similar to SheetMusicPlus, with lots of genres available for digital download.

You can also download digital copies directly from music publishers such as Hal Leonard, Alfred Music, and J.W. Pepper.

Conclusion


Even if your house isn’t full of crumpled sheet music, you may still benefit from switching to digital music. It’s cleaner, easier, lighter, and better for the environment. Plus, your voice teacher will love that you are so organized (and that you never forget to bring your music to lessons)! If you already have a tablet, I encourage you to download a digital music reader and give it a shot. We live in a digital world, and you may find that digital music is perfect for you.

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Post Author: Elaina R.
Elaina R. teaches opera voice and singing in Ypsilanti, MI, as well as through online lessons. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and she has a B.M. from the University of Southern California. Learn more about Elaina here!

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30 MORE Awesome Graduation Songs to Sing Along With

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If you’re taking the stage to perform at your upcoming graduation ceremony, you’ll want to pick a great song to sing! Continue reading for 30 good graduation songs to check out, recommended by voice teacher Molly R...

 

Spring has sprung! And one of the things many of us attend in late Spring is a graduation ceremony or two (or more, if you’re super social!).

If you’re a singer, you may even be asked to perform at a graduation ceremony or party. And the toughest part isn’t getting up there on stage — it’s choosing what to perform for the audience! So, how do you choose the best graduation song to sing? Here are my tips:

  1. Consider your audience. Is it at a more formal institution? You want to select something more traditional, or even classic pop.  Are you performing at a friend’s party after the big ceremony? Well, maybe current pop may do the trick!
  2. Consider the message. Whether it’s formal or informal, you’ll want a song that inspires both grads and family! Some of the themes that work include lasting friendships, new beginnings, hope, and confidence.

To get you started, here is my list of 30 fantastic graduation songs that you may want to consider for 2016…

Traditional Songs

1. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel”

2. “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen

3. “An Old Irish Blessing”

4. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

5. “The Prayer” by Josh Groban

6. “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha”

7. “Amigos Para Siempre” by Andrew Lloyd Webber

8. “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Newer Pop Songs (’90s to current )

1. “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars

2. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

3. “Now and Forever” by Carole King

4. “You Were There” by Michael Jackson

5. “Firework”  by Katy Perry

6. “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

7. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

8. “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

9. “Hero” by Mariah Carey

Classic Pop Songs (’80s and older)

1. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

2. “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Mama Cass Elliot

3. “One Moment in Time” by Whitney Houston

4. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

5. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Burt Bacharach

6. “In My Life” by The Beatles

Broadway and Movies

1. “No Matter What” from “Whistle Down the Wind”

2. “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked”

3. “Any Dream Will Do” from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

4. “Dream For Your Inspiration”  by The Muppets

5. “Go the Distance” from Disney’s “Hercules”

6. “Our Time” from “Merrily We Roll Along”

7. “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Disney’s “Tarzan”


Final Tips for Singing at Graduation Events

Not only do you want to choose the right song, but you want to be sure you’re super prepared for your big performance. Your voice teacher can help you make sure that the song is suitable for your level and voice type, as well as help you polish it. No voice teacher? No problem! TakeLessons can help connect you for in-person or online voice lessons.

Break a leg!

Readers: Know any other good graduation songs to sing? Leave a comment with your suggestion!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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25 Top Audition Songs for Classical Singers [With Videos]

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As a classical singer, you have a variety of things you might be auditioning for, from young artist programs (also known as YAPs) and vocal contests to gigs at restaurants or on cruise ships! There are a few things to consider for each situation, so here is a helpful list of tips, as well as the top classical audition songs for sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and baritones!

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For a Young Artist Program Audition:

It’s essential that every fach (operatic voice type) has a solid aria in English. Almost every program will ask for one, so below are some good repertoire options to consider.

For soprano:

  • “Laurie’s Song” from Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land”
    This is a beautiful aria to show off a young lyric soprano!

For mezzo:

  • “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” from Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa”
    This song is short, has a gorgeous line, and is age appropriate. This is exactly the sort of thing a singer needs for a Young Artist Program.

For tenor:

  • “Lonely House” from “Street Scene” by Kurt Weill
    This is another aria that is age appropriate. And for lyric tenors, this will show you off like nothing else, both vocally and dramatically.

For baritone:

  • “Warm as the Autumn Light” from Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe”
    This song has a soaring vocal line to show off your strong middle voice! At just under three minutes, this is another perfect choice for an audition song.

For Cruise Ships, Parties, or Restaurant Auditions:

For these types of auditions, you should consider the “party hits” of classical music! This can include some Italian folk songs that can be sung by any voice type. You’ll want to choose melodies that people that aren’t opera buffs know and love.

For soprano:

  • “Musetta’s Waltz” from Puccini’s “La Boheme”
    Everyone knows this one! It’s happy, super familiar, and shows off your killer high notes!

Another winner for a soprano is “O mio babbino caro” from another Puccini opera, “Gianni Schicchi”. All sopranos can sing this one. Just be careful not to drag the tempo; it’s actually meant to be a humorous aria!

For mezzo:

  • “Habanera” from “Carmen”
    You can’t go wrong with “Carmen”, and this one in particular is flirtatious and fun.

For tenor:

  • “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot”
    Yes, it’s the tenor anthem. But needless to say, you must have serious technique and power to make this one work. If you can nail this one, the job is likely yours!

If you want something a little more lighthearted but still a big hit, there is always Verdi’s “La donna e mobile” from “Rigoletto”. Everyone knows and adores this one!

For baritone:

  • “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”
    This is a great choice for a classical audition song if you want to draw in a non-opera crowd. Most people will recognize this one, and you can show off your amazing vocal agility and comedic chops.


Another hit from “Carmen” is the beloved “Toreador Song”. How can a baritone not have fun with this classic?

For any voice:

  • “O Sole Mio” (Italian standard)
    This cheerful folk tune is yet another song people know and love. It can be sung in various keys if you’re a mezzo or baritone.

Another great Italian folk song is “Funiculi Funicula”. Tenors especially will love this one because of the ringing high notes, but don’t let that hold you back if you’re another voice type!

For Vocal Competitions:

If you’re selecting classical audition songs for a vocal competition, I recommend repertoire in different languages besides the standard Italian, French, German, and English. This will be sure to impress the panel!

For soprano:

  • “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s “Rusalka”
    What a gorgeous aria! It’s magical when sung with a beautifully spun line.

For mezzo:

  • “Olga’s Aria” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”
    This is a great choice to show off your charm, your low vocal range, and your Russian!

For tenor:

  • “Lensky’s Aria”, also from “Eugene Onegin”
    This is an absolutely breathtaking aria, with tons of drama and high notes galore. How can you go wrong?

For baritone:

  • “Forester’s Monologue” from Janacek’s “Cunning Little Vixen”
    This song is a bit longer, but what a gem! It’s hardly overdone, which makes it an excellent choice.

For an Opera Company Audition:

For an opera company audition, consider a piece that will prove you can act, too! Longer arias are definitely okay here.

For soprano:

  • “To This We’ve Come” from Menotti’s “The Consul”
    Wow, talk about an acting feast! This is high drama at its best, and is sure to impress!

For mezzo:

  • “The letters aria” from Massenet’s “Werther”
    If you can sing this beautifully and tug at our heartstrings, you’ve probably got the role!

For tenor:

  • “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s “Tosca”
    Full of passion, this is more than just about high notes.

For baritone:

  • “Pari Siamo” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto”
    Verdi was the king of Italian drama. This song, the tortured title character’s aria, is no exception.

For Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

Make sure you have a Mozart aria! He’s the bread and butter of operatic repertoire, after all, and chances are your program will be doing one of his operas while you are there.

For soprano:

  • “Dove Sono” from “The Marriage of Figaro”
    This can be sung by both light- or heavy-voiced sopranos. This character, The Countess, has two fabulous arias, but “Dove Sono” has a bit more motion to it, and is awfully fun to sing.

For mezzo:

  • Dorabella’s aria from “Così fan tutte”
    This one sits a bit high and is best for lyric mezzos, but it’s a great one!

For tenor:

  • Tamino’s aria from “The Magic Flute”
    Mozart wrote some challenging arias for tenor! Mozart tenors need a light, lyric sound, and this aria is perfect for that kind of voice.

For baritone:

  • “The Catalog Aria” from “Don Giovanni”
    Not only will this one show off your excellent musicality, it’s also so funny!

There you have it — 25 excellent classical audition songs that will show you off, whether they’re tried and true hits or lesser-known gems.

Another great resource for repertoire recommendations is your voice teacher, of course! Don’t have one? No problem! There are so many wonderful voice teachers on Takelessons available to help, many with classical backgrounds. As you prepare for your vocal audition, working with a voice teacher will put you at a huge advantage.

Happy singing, and good luck at your audition!

 

 

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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7 Great Audition Songs for Sopranos

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The best audition songs for sopranos help singers stand out from the crowd and be heard when auditioning. The perfect song should be reasonably challenging, in order to show off your abilities, and should also exemplify personality. This could mean singing something to which you feel you can relate. Ideally, you should be able to create a tone similar to the original but, above all, you must enjoy the song.

Almost all pieces, provided they are in your range and you can sing them well, work well as audition songs for sopranos. There is disagreement between singers whether songs that are frequently used should be avoided. Consider yourself safe if you feel you will be able to impress the musical director; just avoid anything too slow and repetitive. Here are some of the top favorite audition songs for sopranos:

1. “When You Got It, Flaunt It” – The Producers
If you have a powerful voice, it’s important to demonstrate your abilities in the full to the director. “When You Got It, Flaunt It” from The Producers is the perfect piece to do that. It may not be suitable for a serious singing role, but if you are looking for a comedic part, this song is ideal. The song involves some high E flats at the end, as well as a Swedish accent!

2. “Gimme Gimme” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie is a great choice to show off your skills through transitioning from a slow, gentle beginning to an energetic end. The most challenging part of the song is probably the final belted out C, as it is held for a very long time.

3. “A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific
Simple yet sure to impress if it is sung well, “A Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific is a perfect song to choose if you need to show off some acting skills while you are singing. With a very small range, it is not a difficult piece to sing, but can produce great results when executed correctly. Consider “A Wonderful Guy” if you are auditioning for a lighthearted role.

4. “Till There Was You” – The Music Man
“Till There Was You” is a beautiful classic that allows you to demonstrate your wide vocal range, while showing how you are able to incorporate acting skills into singing. This is an ideal choice for sopranos to show how they can interpret and incorporate lyrics into their performance.

5. “Fine, Fine Line” – Avenue Q
Sopranos who have a classic Broadway tone would do well to consider “Fine, Fine Line” from Avenue Q. While soft and thoughtful, this song will show off your ability to hit powerful notes, and it includes a number of held high notes.

6. “Where Is Love?” – Oliver!
“Where Is Love?” is a favorite among children auditioning for soprano roles and is frequently chosen when the audition does not specify a particular piece. This is a great option for boys with a powerful range.

7. The Boy Next Door – Meet Me In Saint Louis
Another song geared toward younger singers is “The Boy Next Door”. Songs like this one are ideal in order to demonstrate range, vocal abilities and ability to express emotion in lyrics.

 

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How to Select a Vocal Duet (+26 Duet Song Ideas)

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If you’re new to singing, or if you’re just trying to fine-tune your vocal skills, one fun and helpful exercise is to sing duet songs with your vocal instructor or a friend. Pick a style you both like and you’ll find that the possibilities for both fun and music making are endless!

Why Are They Helpful to Sing?
When you sing with piano, or with a chorus or band, there’s often someone else playing the same line you’re singing. While this is great for learning to sing in tune and working on the tone of your voice, you’re not really stretching your listening skills.

When you sing a duet there are just two lines; your part is all your responsibility and the only thing you have to find your notes from is the other person’s line.

What Are Some of the Best Duet Songs?
If you’re new to singing vocal duets, starting with some that you like and know well is the best way to learn. This way you’ll already have the tune in your ear and you probably have lots of recordings to listen to. Here is a list of some of the best duet songs from many different genres.

  • From Broadway
    • “Something Good” from The Sound of Music
    • “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera
    • “A Little Drop of Rain” from Miss Saigon
    • “A Boy Like That” from West Side Story
    • “Till There Was You” from The Music Man
    • “People Will Say We’re In Love” from Oklahoma
    • “The Rain In Spain” from My Fair Lady
  • From Pop
    • “Endless Love” sung by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
    • “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” sung by Elton John and KiKi Dee
    • “Quando Quando Quando” sung by Nelly Furtado and Michael Buble
    • “When You Believe” sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
    • “U Got the Look” sung by Prince and Sheena Easton
    • “Under Pressure” sung by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury
    • “I’ll Be Missing You” sung by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans
  • From Your Childhood
    • “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast
    • “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
    • “One Song” from Snow White
    • “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book
    • “One Song” from Snow White
    • “Can You Feel the Love Tonigh”t from The Lion King
    • “A Girl Worth FIghting For” from Mulan
  • From the Movies
    • “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge
    • “Almost Paradise” from Footloose
    • “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease
    • “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman
    • “It Takes Two” from It Takes Two

Games
There are also fun games you can play with your duet partner that can improve your ear and singing abilities. One great idea is based in the jazz tradition; simply improvise! Pick one person to sing a solo and have the other harmonize. You’ll find yourself quickly learning what sounds good and what doesn’t work as well. If this seems too daunting, just pick a song from the best vocal duets listed above, make up your own verses, then play with the harmonies, and then play around with the melodies. This is a great way to train your ear and your voice.

Duets are a great way to have fun and improve your singing skills. Start with what you know and then branch out from there; you’re sure to have a great time and even learn a thing or two!

 

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6 Broadway Belting Audition Songs to Knock ‘Em Dead

6 Broadway Brlting Songs That Will Knock 'Em DeadHave you been learning how to belt, and feel ready to show off your skills at your next audition? Check out these recommendations for Broadway belting songs from voice teacher Molly R

 

Broadway belting is something audiences have loved to hear since the 1940s, when the Queen-of-All-Belters, Ethel Merman, was a main attraction.

Belting is a style of singing in which we bring the chest voice higher than we normally would, to convey extra power or emotion. While some people (and teachers) shy away from it, it’s an exciting style of singing that, when done correctly, can be very impressive!

Many musicals have killer belting songs. So if you’re looking for some great picks for singing auditions, I’ve pulled together the list below, representing a wide variety of time periods, styles, and personalities!

1. “Johnny One Note” – Babes in Arms

Made popular by the great Judy Garland, this number will have you belting several big B flats… with gusto!

This 1937 showtune is a solid classic to choose if you’re auditioning for an older show. It’s also a great choice for teen belters with a good middle voice; it provides enough of a challenge without too much of a chance to strain the voice, as it doesn’t sit too high. Consider this a nice intro to belting!

2. “Wherever He Ain’t” – Mack and Mabel

What a showstopper! Although Jerry Herman’s “Mack and Mabel” was not a hit, critics agree the music is sublime, and this is no exception! This sassy number requires you to sing some high notes, so it’s best for an advanced adult belter with more secure technique.

3. “City Lights” – The Act

Kander and Ebb wrote “The Act” for another legendary belter: Ms. Liza Minnelli! But don’t worry: you can make this one your own — and you should.

This song sits lower, so range-wise it’s not difficult. But it runs for six minutes, so if you’re singing it for an audition, make sure you perform the cut that shows you off best!

It’s also ideal for a dancer who belts. After all, these ARE the composers of “Chicago”! Not only will you be showing off your belting chops, but you’re expected to bring it as far as showmanship, too!

4. “All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Ooh, this is a GREAT new one —  yes, from another flop musical. What makes this Broadway song so great? It’s completely sassy and has a memorable “cakewalk” style. You get to belt this one full out; it’s probably the most challenging number on this list, as you need to belt pretty high… again and again. So this one is for the advanced belters only!

5. “I’m The Greatest Star” – Funny Girl

It’s been said “People” should be off-limits, as it belongs to Barbra (and I’ll have to agree with that!), but as far as I’m concerned, singers should feel free to use the REST of the great songs in “Funny Girl”!

The big belting doesn’t really come until the end of this song, so I’d say this is more for the intermediate belter. The bulk of the song lies in mid-voice and is meant to be sung with TONS of conviction… and serious comedic chops!

6. “Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

This is for younger belters! It’s a wonderful, uplifting tune that is sure to wow. It’s also very good for those who have more of a soprano-ish quality to their voice. (Soprano/belt is definitely a voice type! Lucky ladies like the fabulous Sierra Boggess in the video below are proof they exist.) The melody is gorgeous and quick-moving, and it’s just under three minutes.

Choosing Belting Songs for Auditions

Before you choose one of these songs, remember that belting is a specific vocal skill that doesn’t come easily to most of us. It’s super easy to hurt yourself if you do it incorrectly. The last thing you want is to strain your voice!

Some voice teachers specialize in the technique, so make sure you’re working with someone who can help you achieve the sound you’re after! TakeLessons has many talented instructors who can help you achieve your belting goals. Good luck at your audition!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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50 Best Audition Songs for Musical Theater

50 Best Audition Songs for MusicalsLooking for recommendations for musical theater audition songs that are sure to impress? Take a look at this list from voice teacher Liz T...

So you have a musical theater audition coming up and you’re panicking about what song to sing? Have no fear, the list is here!

In this article, I’ve compiled some of the best musical theater audition songs to sing, broken down by recommendations for each voice type. Check out the list, and then read on for some extra tips for acing your audition.

50 Musical Theater Audition Songs

Audition Songs for Sopranos:

1. “Better” — Legally Blonde

2. “Think of Me”  The Phantom of the Opera
3. “I Could Have Danced All Night” — My Fair Lady
4. “It’s a Fine, Fine Line” — Avenue Q
5. “Moonfall” — The Mystery of Edwin Drood
6. “Home” — Beauty and the Beast
7. “Somewhere” — West Side Story
8. “The Light in the Piazza” — The Light in the Piazza
9. “How Lovely to be a Woman” — Bye Bye Birdie
10.“Matchmaker” — Fiddler on the Roof

Audition Songs for Altos:

1. “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” — Grease

2. “Holding Out for a Hero” — Footloose
3. “Always True to You in My Fashion” — Kiss Me Kate
4. “Astonishing” — Little Women
5. “Welcome to the ’60s” — Hairspray
6. “Pulled” — The Addams Family
7. “All for You” — Seussical
8. “I’m Not At All in Love” — The Pajama Game
9. “Mama Who Bore Me” — Spring Awakening
10.“Beautiful” — Carole King’s Beautiful

Audition Songs for Tenors:

1. “Maria” — West Side Story

2. “Magic Foot” –The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
3. “I Believe” — Book of Mormon
4. “Almost Like Being in Love” — Brigadoon
5. “Close Every Door” — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
6. “Santa Fe” — Newsies
7. “Fortune Favors the Brave” — Aida
8.“Some Enchanted Evening” — South Pacific
9.“Dancing Through Life” — Wicked
10. “When the Sun Goes Down” — In the Heights

Audition Songs for Bass Singers:

1. “I Wanna be a Producer” — The Producers

2. “Try to Remember” — The Fantasticks
3. “The Music of the Night” — The Phantom of the Opera
4. “Comedy Tonight” — A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
5. “Ol’ Man River” — Showboat
6. “Coffee Shop Nights” — Curtains
7. “Mr. Cellophane” — Chicago
8. “My Defenses Are Down” — Annie Get Your Gun
9. “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” — Spamalot
10. “Edelweiss” — The Sound of Music

More Audition Songs for Male and Female:

1. “On Broadway” — All that Jazz

2. “Man of La Mancha” — Man of La Mancha
3. “Take Me or Leave Me” — Rent
4. “Heaven On Their Minds” — Jesus Christ Superstar
5. “One” — A Chorus Line
6. “Another Hundred People” — Company
7. “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (of Mine)” — Showboat
8. “Before the Parade Passes By” — Hello Dolly
9. “It’s De-lovely” — Anything Goes
10. “Who Will Buy” — Oliver!

Tips for Musical Theater Auditions

Once you’ve picked your perfect musical theater audition song, keep the following tips in mind to make a great impression:

  • As you prepare, remember the typical 16-bar and 32-bar cuts, and make sure your song fits appropriately.
  • When you step into the audition, introduce yourself, smile, and be pleasant! Directors sit through many, many auditions, and you want to catch their attention in a positive way.
  • Consider preparing both uptempos and ballads, no matter what show or part you are auditioning for. You never know what the director is looking for!

There are so many wonderful Broadway songs out there, but the list above includes many fresh, new songs that are appropriate to sing for contemporary musical theater auditions today.

If you would like individual attention as you learn how to sing any of these songs (or any other songs!), feel free to schedule a lesson with me today through TakeLessons!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches singing, acting, and music lessons online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!

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