Vocal Music Scholarships

Elizabeth Seton High School

Choral Music Program

Dr. Kathleen Vadala, director


The Choral Department scholarship auditions for students applying to Seton for the 2019-2020 academic year will take place on Sunday, January 27 between 11am and 4pm. To schedule an audition time, please call Mrs Jeanne Daly at 301-864-4532, Ext 7120.)

The purpose of the audition is to encourage participation in the choral program by giving Dr Vadala the opportunity to meet with prospective students, and to identify students with the skills to merit scholarship funds. Students are asked to do the following at the audition:

Sing the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” memorized and without piano accompaniment in a key that is comfortable for her voice.

  • A comfortable key and range will be chosen for the individual student’s voice so that it is not “too high” or “too low”.
  • The Star-Spangled Banner will ideally be sung from memory

Sing a song of her own choice, and provide piano sheet music for the selection. (Experienced accompanist on hand.)

  • The type of choral singing we do at Seton encourages the development of a natural, unforced voice. Therefore, the music that the student chooses to sing at the audition should lean in this direction. Please DO NOT sing pop music in a style that relies on a heavy, “belted” sound.

Appropriate types of songs are:

  • Musical theatre pieces like “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella, “Feed The Birds” from Mary Poppins, “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Sacred pieces / church songs like Panis angelicus, Amazing Grace, His Eye Is On The Sparrow (straight, not souped-up like in Sister Act 2)
  • If the student is currently taking voice lessons, teacher suggestions will undoubtedly be appropriate. School music teachers should also be able to provide help selecting music.

Students will also be asked to go through simple warm-up exercises and fill out both a questionnaire about their music background thus far and complete a very brief worksheet that asks them to identify basic music terms and symbols.

Dr Vadala is happy to respond to questions about the auditions, and can be reached at: Please do not leave phone messages.