Listed below are a few commonly asked questions about the audition process.
A: For the love of the music, the love of the performance, and the love of charitable causes. The Achordants have long made it our primary mission to strongly support charity groups and multicultural organizations here on campus. Also, performing a cappella at UNC-Chapel Hill is a great way to become immediately involved with our bustling campus. We work hard, have fun, and rock people's faces (and socks) off!
A: Auditions are your chance to get to know our group more personally, as well as our chance to get to know you more personally. Of course, there's some singing involved too. You'll need to prepare a verse and chorus (or 30-60 seconds) of whatever song you feel shows off your voice best, and be ready to sing it for us a cappella (in other words, "without accompaniment"). Your selection may be of any genre; remember, the Achordants are always interested in new and exciting types of music! We'll also be finding your complete vocal range through some simple warm-ups, and learning about your ear with some pitch matching exercises. Warm up before you walk in the room for best results!
A: The best thing to do is get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. The more relaxed and hydrated you are, the more pleased you will be with your results. You don't need to have the lyrics memorized, but holding a lyrics sheet means you're more likely to look down and lose the connection with the audience. The bottom line is, if you're confident and comfortable with your piece, you'll be great!
A: Our voice part needs vary from year to year, but we do our best to tailor our part assignments around voices available, instead of limiting auditions to specific voice parts. We try to keep our group between 12 and 18 members, so we generally accept between 1 and 4 people per audition round.
A: Come to the audition with a badass example of said badass beatbox skills, and if a significantly badass level of badassitude is reached, we'll consider you based on that alone. Generally, we look for members who can sing as well, but if we're impressed enough, go for it! Be aware that a cappella VP (Vocal Percussion) is done generally in a different style than other forms of beatbox, since the percussive sounds must be very loud acoustically. Plan accordingly.