Archive | June 2015

Audition song choices 2015

I’m live-blogging at the 2015 annual conference of the International Thespian Society.  Because of commitments in Saint Louis, I missed the Monday and Tuesday thespian auditions this year, but today’s session includes well over 100 actors and singers.

Here’s a list of the songs we heard today:

  • Foolish to think.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Fly fly away.  Catch Me If You Can.
  • Pretty funny.  Dogfight.
  • Fly into the future.  Vanities
  • Don’t let me go.  Shrek, the Musical
  • Proud of your boy.  Aladdin
  • Being alive.  Company
  • Shiksa goddess.  The Last Five Years
  • If he really knew me.  They’re Playing Our Song
  • Nothing.  A Chorus Line.
  • Screw loose.  Crybaby the Musical
  • One more kiss.  Follies
  • Fight the dragons.  Big Fish.
  • Suppertime.  You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • I wish it so. Juno
  • I dreamed a dream.  Les Miserables
  • Astonishing.  Little Women
  • My new philosophy.  You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • I wanna be a producer.  The Producers
  • Alto’s lament.  Kerrigan and Loudermilk
  • With you.  Ghost, the Musical
  • Bye bye baby.  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Tonight at eight.  She Loves Me
  • Much more.  The Fantasticks
  • If I left London.  Chaplin, the Musical
  • Beautiful.  Heathers
  • Good morning, Baltimore.  Hairspray
  • I got rhythm.  Mr and Mr Gershwin
  • Corner of the sky.  Pippin
  • Mama who bore me.  Spring Awakening
  • Someone like you.  Jekyll and Hyde
  • Extraordinary.  Pippin
  • Happy/Sad.  The Addams Family
  • Suddenly Seymour.  Little Shop of Horrors
  • Fine, fine line.  Avenue Q
  • Dyin’ ain’t so bad.  Bonnie & Clyde
  • Unexpected song, Song and Dance
  • Waiting.  The Addams Family
  • On my way. Violet
  • Loving you.  Passion
  • Glitter and be gay.  Bernstein
  • Superboy and the invisible girl.  Next to Normal
  • I can cook too.  On the Town
  • As we stumble along.  The Drowsy Chaperone
  • Make me see it.  The Fantasticks
  • Diva’s lament.  Spamalot
  • Seasons of love.  Rent
  • I can hear the bells.  Hairspray
  • Spark of creation. Children of Eden
  • Once upon a time.  Bare
  • You can’t get a man with a gun.  Assassins
  • Freeze ray.  Dr. Horrible etc.
  • Lifeboat.  Heathers, the Musical
  • Some enchanted evening.  South Pacific
  • How can I call this home?  Parade

What not to sing

Here’s a post from a half-decade ago.  The advice is still relevant and valid!

More song lit

I kept a list last month while I was adjudicating the second round of college students at the Classical Singer competition in Chicago.  We heard a long four hours of undergraduate students singing one song each, for the most part, and we send six on to the next round.

Here’s a partial list of what we heard (with some commentary):

  • Kurt Kaiser: The Longing Soul (what a wonderful work this is!)
  • Mozart: Il mio tesoro intanto
  • Handel: V’adoro pupille
  • Strauss: Beim Schlafengehen (not the best choice for a younger voice, as this song requires some emotional weight of the years)
  • Copland: Heart, we will forget him
  • Mozart: Batti, batti
  • Bellini: Oh! Quante volte
  • Weill: Lonely House
  • Mozart: Un aura amarosa
  • Tchaikowsky: Nur wer di sehnsuch kennt
  • Mechem: Fair Robin I love
  • Bellini: La ricordanza
  • Fauré: Au bord de l’eau
  • Böhm: Still wie die nacht
  • Mozart: Ah! Fuggi il traditor
  • Britten: The last rose of summer
  • Verdi: Saper vorresti
  • Schubert: Du bist die ruh
  • Bolcom: Song of Black Max
  • Donizetti: Ah! Tardai troppo
  • Dvorak: Song to the Moon
  • Hahn: Ah Chloris!
  • Mozart: Che beltà, che leggiadria
  • Donaudy: Perche dolce caro bene
  • Donizetti: Chacun le sait
  • Mozart: Non piu andrai
  • Mozart: Porgi, amor
  • Quilter: Love’s Philosophy
  • Mozart: Voi che sapete
  • Puccini: O mio babbino caro
  • Duparc: Soupir
  • Duparc: Phidylé
  • Handel: Total Eclipse
  • Dell’Acqua: Villanelle
  • Handel: Pastorella vaghe bella
  • Copland: Laurie’s Song
  • Gounod: Ah! Je veux vive
  • Lalo: Vainement, ma bien aimée
  • Rossini: Ecco ridente in cielo
  • Handel: Svegliatevi nel core
  • Beach: Ah, love but a day
  • Fine: Polar Oli
  • Mozart: Un moto di gioia
  • Parry: My heart is like a singing bird

What does a Music Director do??

IMG_0424Here’s an interview I did recently, wherein we discussed what a music director does.

And check out my blog entry about this topic: