College Street Singers
To schedule an audition, call Dr. Barbara Hudson at 256-840-4147 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. All singers must arrive 30 minutes prior to their audition time to complete audition forms.
Singers need to be prepared to perform two songs of contrasting styles and genres to audition for the College Street Singers. Here are some examples of some contrasting genres:
- An art song and a musical theatre selection
- A traditional folk song and a contemporary Christian song
- A hymn from a traditional hymnal and a Gospel song
- A traditional choral piece from your high school choir and a country/western song
Your two selections should demonstrate your voice at its best. You may use CD accompaniment, accompany yourself on an instrument you play, or have a pianist accompany you. Singers who would like to have a pianist play for them must notify Dr. Hudson prior to their scheduled audition time and bring sheet music with them to their audition. During the audition, singers will be required to sight read the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass part from an unfamiliar song. Singers will also be required to sing some vocal exercises to check range and possible voice part.
College Street Singer History
In 1974, Glenn Maze, Chairman of the Music Department at Snead State attended a summer conference that featured an ensemble named Re-generation directed by Derrick Johnson, who is now known for his work with Disney. He was very impressed by the group’s singing style and positive image. Upon returning to Boaz, he met with Rebecca Lancaster, a vocal instructor at the college, about the idea of organizing a similar group at the college. By the fall, ten singers and a sound technician had been enlisted, and the Freedom Singers were formed. The group took the name Freedom Singers in anticipation of the country’s bicentennial Celebration. During the first year of their existence, the Freedom Singers performed 50 times and set a precedence of excellence and pride.
In 1977, the group changed their format from patriotic music to sacred and variety entertainment. They also changed their name to the College Street Singers after the major street running through the Snead State campus. They continued to perform in schools, churches, and civic organizations and events and averaged 30-40 performances per year. In 1990 the group appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra.
The Concert Choir is a mixed-voice performing ensemble which is open to all Snead State students. No audition is required. The group performs a variety of choral music styles, including classical, sacred, folk song arrangements, spirituals, Christmas and seasonal music, and selections from major choral works. The group performs both on and off campus and participates in at least one major music department performance each semester.
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00.
Singers will perform two songs of contrasting styles and genres. One selection should be in the classical style such as an art song or folk song performed in the classical style or “legitimate” musical theatre style. The second selection can be in the pop, “non-legitimate” musical theatre, contemporary Christian, country/western, Gospel, or other non-classical styles. You may use CD accompaniment, accompany yourself on an instrument you play, or have a pianist accompany you. Singers who would like to have a pianist play for them must notify Dr. Hudson prior to their scheduled audition time and bring sheet music with them to their audition. During the audition, singers will be required to sight read the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass part from an unfamiliar song. Singers will also be required to sing some vocal exercises to check range and possible voice part.
Need more information?
Dr. Barbara Hudson, Director