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What to wear for a vocal audition?

xoxtinysingerxoxxoxtinysingerxox Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in Music Major
I'm auditioning for music education this weekend for voice.
What is appropriate to wear? I have a plethora of dresses to chose from. Is tasteful strapless out? MUST it be black? or is print ok?
Any advise would be well greeted as I need to pack....tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Replies to: What to wear for a vocal audition?

  • cartera45cartera45 Registered User Posts: 12,461 Senior Member
    Just to respond to your specific questions, do not wear strapless of any kind. The shoulders should be covered. You certainly don't have to do black or solid, but be careful that a print does not distract at all. Definitely wear stockings or tights. Some heel is fine but not a high heel.
  • LindeLinde Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    Okay. I'm the mother of boys. Only boys. And I'm not a prude..........I think. But, in my view, strapless is inapprorpriate in any professional or business context. Period. Appropriate at parties, weddings, maybe nightclub singing. But definitely not at a college audition.

    Also, for what it's worth: I am a (nonmusic) university professor and have, over the years, heard many many private complaints from my male colleagues about female students dressing inappropriately, in class perhaps but in particular during one-on-one meetings. These professional males are uncomfortable with the sexuality injected into the situation.
  • musmom2musmom2 Registered User Posts: 500 Member
    Mom of a last year auditioner here. It seemed that most girls were dressed in skirt (make it at least knee length), and nice blouse or sweater or maybe a fairly conservative dress. Panty hose and flats or low heels. It is not necessary to wear cocktail party-ish attire! You will be very safe with classy and conservative- no shoulders, thighs or cleavage please! Simple jewelry. Make the attention on your voice, not your clothes and accessories!
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Registered User Posts: 4,068 Senior Member
    Agree, it is an auditorium not a recital. Look professional, dressy but not evening wear. DD had a jersey knit dress that traveled well, 3/4 length sleeve, knee length, faux wrap, good drape. 2" heels. It was black but did not need to be. She still uses it for juries at school.
  • cartera45cartera45 Registered User Posts: 12,461 Senior Member
    Singersmom - sounds like our Ds had the same dress. She has also used hers for jury and auditions at college. We found it at a mall in Columbus when she was visiting a school - the best find ever.

    My D's shoes had about a 2 inch heel. She started wearing them to all of her voice lessons and other performances several months before auditions so she was completely comfortable in them.
  • theperformertheperformer Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    Wow! I wore a very similar dress to my auditions. It's a black cotton wrap dress from American Apparel. It was sort of low cut, so I wore a black camisole underneath and some black tights and flats. I felt that my outfit was very appropriate and I wore little make-up and just wore my hair down in natural waves. I feel that this approach is the best. I saw so many girls that were very "done up" and with heavy make-up and flashy dresses. Best to be conservative, but still stylish! :)
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Registered User Posts: 4,068 Senior Member
    And I should not type so fast - it's an audition, not auditorium. Auto-correct can kill you. The audition/jury is more like an interview. You would not wear evening wear to an interview. A recital on the other hand - we have purchased more gowns for DD than I want to count - I am really good at haunting sale racks.
  • coloratura_ascoloratura_as Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    When I was going through the audition process I was told to wear business wear with flair. I was told no strapless dresses because they can mess up your posture. I wore a black dress with a bright red half sweater and these cool lacy tights and black flats paired with a red headband. Now I always try to pick something I will be remembered in. I have one little black dress and then I have a yellow dress from BCBG I borrow from one of my friends.
  • piglet20piglet20 Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    Reminder-- it's still showbiz. A teensy bit of cleavage will never, ever hurt. Don't go over the top-- you don't want to look trashy, or like you're in a beauty pageant. But you also don't want to look like a prettier-than-average secretary. Think of the clothing you would wear to a night at the opera-- and then wear that. You can absolutely show your shoulders, if your shoulders are nice to look at. One general rule, though-- never show your toes. Do not wear sandals! Even peep toes are suspect. You will be amazed at how professional that perfect cocktail dress looks when you pair it with conservative black pumps. Also, stay away from black pantyhose, unless your outfit very specifically needs it. They make most people look like displaced choir members.
  • cartera45cartera45 Registered User Posts: 12,461 Senior Member
    I don't agree for college auditions. I say no cleavage and no bare shoulders. My D's voice teacher in high school was very particular about the proper attire for auditions and had the kids dress for their bi monthly recitals as if they were auditioning - no bare shoulders, no short skirts, no cleavage.
  • musicamusicamusicamusica Registered User Posts: 6,468 Senior Member
    Im with Cartera. No cleavage, no shoulders, no short skirts. D just finished her grad auditions and as a Mezzo who does a lot of pants roles, she wears a black wool suit (with pants). Her teacher, who still has a substantial career, is very specific as to what D wears to auditions and recitals.
    I only accompanied her to one audition last month and the glitzy dresses did not look appropriate at all---especially before lunch. Even for recitals D's teacher dictates "NO SPARKLES BEFORE 7pm!!!"
  • Mezzo'sMamaMezzo'sMama Forum Champion Music Major Posts: 3,556 Forum Champion
    Agree with the "no sparkles" and no strapless dresses, nothing super-short and certainly no plunging necklines. My D's voice teacher tells a story about a young singer at a competition who was dressed nicely, but had on bright green flip flops!! She was on a stage and the judges were in the first rows so that her feet were even more evident!The footwear didn't go over well at all. But many female singers do wear high heels and some will tell you that they "can't sing in flats"! Whatever you are going to wear, make sure you check it out with your teacher and, if possible, try a "dry run", wearing the same oufit for a competition or, if that's not possible, wear it all to a lesson and make sure everything is comfortable and gives you enough "room" to sing and to move.
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Registered User Posts: 4,068 Senior Member
    Don't agree about the cleavage. DD's black dress was one for an evening out, not cocktail but had a nice wrap, sweetheart neckline that definitely showed some cleavage. Her (male) teacher told her not to be afraid to lead with the "girls". Helped her keep her shoulders back and stand straight. She also had very conservative but small peek-a-boo 2" black heels that she still wears for juries and auditions they are so comfortable. The whole ensemble did not look trashy or over the top sexy, just elegant. She wore to lessons to make sure she was approved and comfortable and did not fuss with anything while she was singing. .
  • srwsrw Registered User Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    Even though I have a son in VP, I have witnessed lots of girls. I think the elegent road is the one to take. As far as cleavage and heels. I think a small amount of both is probably ok. The main thing is how the girl carries if off. Some young women are so very comfortable with a little cleavage you hardly notice it, others it is either too sexual or awkward. Who hasn't seen a young woman in high heels that is just one step from a trip. Or the ones who "clump" along. If a young woman can walk with grace and confidence it makes all of the difference
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