Want to be a Nassoon?
The Nassoons are a group of guys at Princeton University who like to hang out and love to sing. Being in the Nassoons is a substantial time commitment, but be prepared for the ride of your life. For many guys in the group, the Nassoons have given them some of their most memorable experiences in college, so don't miss your chance to be a part of this amazing group.
Our day-to-day activities include rehearsals a few nights a week, performing around campus and on the road, and just hanging out. Some of the greatest times we have had together are on our three to four tours that we have a year to places all around the country and the world. In the past couple years, tours have taken us to South Korea, London, and Switzerland, to name a few places.
We hold auditions at the beginning of each semester every year, so we encourage you to come out and audition for us this fall.
Spring 2018 auditions:
We're excited to welcome members of the class of 2021 and 2020 to audition for the Nassoons! Our open house, which will be during the first week of February, is the perfect way to meet the guys, hear us sing, and learn more about anything Nassoons. If you are thinking about auditioning (or even if you aren't), it's a really fun night, so come out!
Click below to sign up -- auditions will be held in early February.
If you still need convincing, check out our top 5 reasons to be a Nassoon.
Where are auditions?
100 1901 Hall, also known as the Nassoon room. Go into entryway 1, head down the stairs, follow the hallway, and make a right.
What happens in the audition?
Introduction: We want your audition to be as fun and easy as possible. To give you some time to get comfortable, we start off by taking a moment to sit down, read your audition card, and try to get to know you a little better.
Scales and Pitch Matching: We'll begin by guiding you through some scales to get you warmed up and to test out your range (ideally, you may want to sing a bit on your own prior to the audition to warm up your voice). Then we'll move on to some pitch-matching exercises in which Calvin, our Music Director, will play several series of three notes on the piano and you'll sing them back to the group.
Swells: For this part, we'll pick a few notes in your range, and for each note, you will start out soft, slowly get louder until you reach full power, and then get soft again. We'll usually choose one swell each from the bottom, middle, and top of your range.
Sight-reading (optional): Next, there is an optional sight-reading sample. If you decide to try the sight-reading, this part can only help your audition; nothing you do will hurt your chances. If you'd rather not, don't worry; many past and present members of the group have declined this option.
Your solo: This brings us to your solo. This is your best opportunity to show the group what you can do, so try to pick a song that you enjoy singing and that shows off your voice; the song can be from any genre. You can bring words or sheet music if you need them.
Blend: Finally, we'll test out how you blend with the group. We'll stand in a circle with you and sing through a short excerpt of a song three times in four-part harmony. You'll be standing next to someone singing the part we'd like to hear you sing. By the third run-through, we'll ask you to try to bring out your part so we can listen to how your voice fits with those in the group.
Where is the Nassoon Room?
The Nassoon room is a very special place for all of us. Not only do we rehearse here, but it's also an exhibition of signs from around the world and a place for us to just hang out. Come see our room at our open house and come back for an audition! We are located at 100 1901 Hall, in the basement of the entryway 1. Can't wait to see you there!