How To Audition

Auditions for the 2017 SFYCA are now closed.
Please check back in December 2017 for 2018 audition details.

Application deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017, midnight PST. Applications will still be accepted past this date, but students who submit by the deadline will receive first consideration for acceptance and scholarship. 

Click here for a printable copy of these requirements. All auditions are submitted online through Slideroom and there is no cost to apply. Please contact Camille Lively with any questions. 


  1. Begin your online application here. You may return to it at any time, you do not need to complete it on your first visit.
  2. You will need to submit one letter of recommendation from your school music teacher, private voice teacher, or other musical professional. This recommendation is requested directly through the online portal, you do not need to obtain and upload it yourself. Please contact your chosen teacher before you enter their details into the application so that they know to expect a request from the online portal. 
  3. Submit the following audition requirements by recording in the order given. Sections B, C, D, and E should be sung without accompaniment except for reference pitches.

We recommend recording your audition in multiple segments as follows:

  • Segment 1: Vocal Solo
  • Segment 2: America the Beautiful
  • Segment 3: Vocal Exercises (sections C - E on the Audition Requirements sheet)
  • Segment 4: Prescribed passage from JS Bach’s, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden

Please label the segments accordingly to avoid confusion. For example: "Smith, Jane, Vocal Solo" or "Doe, John, Vocal Exercises.”

PLEASE NOTE: The audition website allows a maximum of FIVE audio clips and the accepted audio file types are .mp3, .wma, .ogg, and .flac. You may need to trim your audio or convert the files accordingly and you can do this online for free at the following sites:

Audio trimming: http://mp3cut.net/
Audio joining: http://audio-joiner.com/  
Audio file conversion: http://www.online-convert.com/

2017 SFYCA Audition Requirements:

A. Sing a song of your choosing, accompanied or unaccompanied. Announce the title and composer of your selection.

B. Sing the first verse of America the Beautiful (“O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,” etc.) in the key given for each voice type:

Soprano I

Key of F (begin on C, octave above middle C)

Tenor I

Key of E (begin on B below middle C)

Soprano II

Key of E-flat (begin on Bb above middle C)

Tenor II

Tenor II Key of D (begin on A below middle C)

Alto I

Key of A (begin on E above middle C)

Bass I

Key of B-flat (begin on F below middle C)

Alto II

Key of G (begin on D above middle C)

Bass II

Key of F-sharp (begin on C# below middle C)

C. Sing exercise C on “ah” (no initial consonants) demonstrating your ability to sing different dynamic levels and articulations as indicated below. You may repeat individual exercises if you wish. Only give initial pitch for each exercise.

          quarter = 60

  • mezzo -forte, legato
  • fortissimo, legato
  • piano, legato
  • forte, marcato
  • mezzo-forte, staccato, presto


D. Sing exercise D legato and unaccompanied, on 'ah', beginning in the middle of your range. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step higher, until you have reached the upper limit of your useful range. Please announce at the beginning in what key you are starting. 

E. Sing exercise E legato and unaccompanied, on whatever vowel you wish, beginning in the middle of your range, at the same tempo as exercise D. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step lower, until you have reached  the lower limit of your useful range. Please announce at the beginning in what key you are starting.

F. Sing the prescribed passage from JS Bach’s, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, measures 99  – downbeat of 126. Tempo: quarter note = 132.

Download the score here: Lobet den Herrn Score 

**We strongly recommend that you sing this passage with a live accompanist. If you are unable to find an accompanist, we can provide a midi track, but we encourage you to make every effort to sing with live piano. Do not submit this passage unaccompanied. Practice tracks for this passage are available below and the track labeled All Parts may be downloaded and used as recorded accompaniment in the instance that you cannot secure a pianist.**

Practice Tracks:

Soprano line only
Alto line only
Tenor line only
Bass line only
All Parts