We hold auditions at the beginning of every semester – stay tuned until August 2018 for more information!


Who can audition?

Anyone who identifies as female is more than welcome to audition for the Touchtones. Whether you're an experienced vocalist or shower singer, we encourage everyone to come in and sing for us, regardless of prior experience! 

What does the audition consist of?

Auditions will typically last around 10 minutes each. We'll ask you to prepare a short solo (a verse and a chorus of a song of your choice). This segment should show off your range, musicality and any other vocal talents you may have. If you are able to beatbox, let us know and show us your stuff!
The audition may include some of the following, depending on time constraints:

1. Pitch matching exercises
2. Range testing – sing a few diatonic scales within your range.
3. Ear training – three-note combinations are played twice; you sing them back the third time.

That sounds intimidating. What if I mess up?

Don't worry about it! We've all been in your shoes, so we know firsthand how nerve-wracking the process can be. Just relax, be yourself, and remember – we're just here to hear you sing and have fun!  Of course, we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible, so if you have any questions or worries whatsoever, feel free to reach out to any Touchtone, or contact us here

I think I want to try out for more than one group. Is that ok?

Of course! Cornell is home to so many fantastic a cappella groups on campus, and auditioning for a group doesn't mean that you're obligated in any way to join. Just be sure to inform us and the other groups that you'll be trying out for multiple groups. We want you to have the best shot at finding your home in the a cappella community at Cornell, so we encourage you to try out for as many groups as you'd like!

What song should I use to audition?

The song you choose to audition with should be in your vocal range, and showcase your strengths. If you aren't sure if you've got the right song for you, feel free to have a friend listen to you sing it and have them critique you. Don't worry about choosing a contemporary or more popular song – we just want to see what you have to offer and hear what you do best!