Vocal Scholarships

CHERYL SIEBS MEMORIAL VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP Information

Answers to Your Questions About Audition Day

Thursday, October 18, and Saturday, October 20, 2018

How do I sign up?

Call 480-575-0188 and speak to Barbara Kerner, scheduling chairman. Registration starts September 1.

What style of song should I sing?

You should sing the style of music that shows off your voice best. The judges will not give preference to a certain style of song over another, but they will give preference to the singers who “show” more of their talent.

Do I need an accompanist?

Students auditioning will sing from memory one or two songs of their choice with piano or pre-recorded accompaniment. An accompanist and CD/mobile device player will be provided; however, you are strongly encouraged to bring your own accompanist if possible because this will most likely make you more relaxed and confident. Selections need not be Classical in nature but should clearly show the singer’s range and voice quality. If using a pre-recorded accompaniment, please be sure there are no vocals on the recording and bring an auxiliary cord or connect through Bluetooth. Singers may not sing a cappella (without accompaniment), accompany themselves, or use any live accompaniment other than piano.

What should I wear?

Ladies should wear either a skirt and blouse or a dress. They do not need to be dressy, but they should look nice. Guys should wear slacks (not jeans) and a collared shirt. A vest or jacket would be fine too. You should dress for your audition as if it were an actual performance.

Where are the auditions held? – SAME LOCATION AS LAST YEAR:

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Road (across the road from El Pedregal Mall at Scottsdale Road and Carefree Hwy). Need help or directions that day – 480-203-7503 (Barbara Kerner, Upscale Singers)

Who are the judges and how many are there?

The two judges are current members of the Upscale Singers who have extensive backgrounds in singing. They have been professional performers themselves and have received prestigious vocal training.

What will it be like when I do my audition?

Plan to arrive 10 minutes early so you will have time to relax, check in and double check that we have your contact information correct. You will wait in the church lobby and have the opportunity to hear some of the other auditions taking place. When it is your turn, one of our helpers will walk you into the church sanctuary and introduce you to the judges.They may ask you a couple questions just to help you get relaxed. You then give your sheet music or accompaniment CD or digital devise to the accompanist and go over any special instructions. You will stand in front of the grand piano and sing from there. Parents or friends are not allowed in where you sing. Even though this is a “formal” audition experience, please know that everyone is on your side and wants you to be comfortable and do your best. If you make a mistake on your lyrics or need to start over on a section, don’t feel like you have just ruined your chances. Keep singing and smile!

When will I hear the results?

Everyone will be contacted by mail as soon as possible after the auditions. This is why it’s important at auditions that you check to see if your contact information is correct.

I hear the first-place winners sing in a concert with the Upscale Singers. Is this correct?

Yes, the first-place winners will be asked to sing at the Upscale Singers' Christmas Concerts on Sunday evening, December 9 & 16, 2018, at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. These are well-attended concerts and will be a great experience for our two division winners.