Come Audition for
DeCadence A Cappella!


Stay tuned for updates about auditions this Fall! If you have any questions, please email us at decadence.berkeley@gmail.com

The Audition Process

DeCadence A Cappella is a group comprised of awesome people who love singing and busting out sweet jams.

Since you’re reading this, that probably means that you’re interested in joining! Great!

The following information will help cover the ins and outs of the audition process and what being a member is like.

If you are interested in auditioning, you will need to do 3 things:

  1. Sign up for an audition slot:
    If you would like to attend the walk in auditions, you do not need to sign up.

  2. Please print and fill out the audition form here.

  3. Prepare a 1 to 2 minute solo. It can be any song that you feel comfortable singing. This is the prime opportunity to show your voice!

Auditions will take place on the basement floor of Morrison Hall (within the practice rooms). When you get there, please take a seat in the lounge area and we’ll help guide you through the process. Try to get there at least 5-10 minutes before your audition slot to allow for plenty of time to prepare.

The audition will consist of warm ups, a memory section, rhythm reading and the solo. If any of these sound intimidating, don’t freak out! Many members have come in with various levels of experience with these and everyone is constantly improving. All we ask is that you try your best! Here are some tips to help with the audition:

  • Try to fill the room with your voice, as if you’re performing to a crowd. Remember, the group sings outside once a week!

  • Take as many breaths as you need. We love to hear strong, supported voices.

  • Keep a tall, open mouth as you sing. This will help round out your vowels and help you project your voice.

  • Ask questions. If you are unsure of anything, please ask! We would be happy to help as much as we can.

  • Bring water with you. Stay hydrated and healthy!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, contact Lenith Hernandez, at lenithch@berkeley.edu or Anna Nguyen at annadanthy@berkeley.edu. Similarly, if you can’t make a certain audition slot or just want to know more about DeCadence, send us a message.

Being In DeCadence

Members of DeCadence are expected to put forth their best effort during rehearsal and practice in their own time. Currently, we have two 2.5 hour rehearsals a week (Monday and Wednesday, starting at 7:00pm) and a 1 hour sectional a week (varies). Members are expected to review their music before and after rehearsal to make sure music is learned.

In addition to rehearsals, we perform every week under Sather Gate at noon, but members are expected to meet at 11:00am for a light practice.

If you have any schedule conflicts, please still audition! We understand that schedules are made prior to auditions, so we can work with accommodations. No matter your schedule, we highly encourage you to come out and audition.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are you holding auditions?

We are holding auditions for all parts (bass, tenor, alto, soprano, and vocal percussion) beginning at the end of August in Morrison Hall, bottom floor.

How do I schedule an audition?

Please follow this link:
There, you can see which audition slots are still available. If you have conflicts, please contact Lenith Hernandez, at lenithch@berkeley.edu or Anna Nguyen at annadanthy@berkeley.edu.

What type of experience do I need?

While the experience of our members varies, you will need to have good intonation/pitch, be able to learn your part relatively quickly, and be able to carry your part in a group of other people singing different parts. For those new to reading music, we highly recommend taking Music 20A to learn basic musicianship. Also, if you’re interested in arranging music, that’s a big plus!

What do I need to bring to the audition?

-Sign up for an audition slot
-Fill out an audition form.
-Prepare a 1-2 minute solo (a verse and a chorus would be great!) that you feel shows off your voice well.

Wait, I have to prepare a solo?!

Yes! But don’t sweat it! It doesn’t need to have mad runs like a track meet, nor does it need to hit the absolute lowest/highest note you can go. Just pick something that best showcases your voice and go with it! It would be helpful to choose a song in a comfortable range, has some dynamic contrast (soft/loud) and doesn’t have too much “dead space” between lyrics.

What kind of time commitment is involved?

You will be expected to attend rehearsal from 7:00pm-9:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and our weekly Sproul performance on Wednesdays from 11:00-12:30pm (more flexible). In addition to these, we have several performances throughout the year and a big concert at the end of each semester. We also ask that auditionees commit at least a year in the group.

How competitive are auditions?

Each audition season, there can be dozens to over a hundred auditionees. Fortunately, DeCadence does not have any sort of quota system for any given semester (the group has been between 10-18 members historically). Many of our members actually did not get into the group on their first or even second audition. That’s why we strongly encourage students who don’t get in to audition for other groups to build experience then come back and audition again.

Can I audition for other groups at the same time?

Absolutely! Since the beginning of each semester is new and exciting, we understand the importance for students to explore new clubs and activities. It is totally acceptable to audition for other groups, as some might be a better fit than others. By doing so, you’ll gain valuable audition experience in addition to learning more about our great a cappella community. Whether it be for DeCadence or others, we want you to find the perfect fit for your a cappella interests (but we really hope it’s us!)!