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Every year, ACAC coordinates the auditions for all of the a cappella groups at Washington University. We the logistics for 13 groups on campus, so they can focus on finding new members.

Due to COVID, this year’s auditions will be held entirely virtually. Continue reading for more details.

If you have any questions after reading this, contact us at moc.l1621002185iamg@1621002185snoit1621002185iduau1621002185hsaw1621002185.

The auditions process works in two stages:

  1. Preliminary auditions
  2. Callbacks

Here’s how it will work.

Preliminary Auditions

Note: for more information about the preliminary auditions, see this google doc.

Due to COVID, auditions will be entirely virtual. The preliminary auditions are going to be completely asynchronous this year. Between January 19th and February 4th at 11:59pm, all you will need to do to audition for any a cappella group is submit one audition video (or multiple clips) through this form. In the form, you’ll be asked which groups you’d like to audition to.

In your video, we will ask you to:

  • Introduce yourself (just a quick 10 second intro)
  • Warm up using the recordings in this google drive folder.
  • Sing a 30-60 second solo. Your solo can be literally anything you’re comfortable with that shows off your voice. Just make sure it’s just your voice, no instruments, backing, or any editing.
  • You can optionally (completely optionally!!) also show off any “special” skills after, such as vocal percussion (beatboxing), arranging, etc.

For a much more thorough explanation of what we need from you, please refer to this google doc.

For a video guide, watch this YouTube video.

Every group you want to audition for will be sent your video, and from there they will determine who they want to call back.

IMPORTANT: In addition to the video submission form, make sure to register for auditions here.


After preliminary auditions finished, each group submits a callback list to ACAC.

If you are called back, each group that is calling you back will reach out to you, usually via email, with a callback time. These are scheduled based on the schedule conflicts you registered with. If you cannot make a callback time, contact that group or the ACAC president as soon as possible.

You will also receive an email from ACAC about callbacks once the auditions period ends.

You are free to come to as many or as few callbacks as you want. If you choose not to come to a callback, please inform the group ahead of time.

Due to COVID, these callbacks will also be held virtually, and each group will have their own format for their callback.

Preference Cards

At some point during callbacks, ACAC will send out a preference card to your email. In this card, you rank by preference each group you had a callback with.

Rank as few or as many groups as you like, but these preferences are binding. If a group you have ranked offers you a membership, you must accept. If you are not completely sure you would be satisfied with a group whose callback you attended, do not list them.

You must submit your preferences online by 12:00pm on Monday, February 15, 2021, or you will be taken out of the audition pool. You cannot edit your response once you have submitted.

How are my preferences used?

Groups select their new members via a mutual selection process. After all preference cards are submitted, the a cappella groups meet together and select their new members. Each group considers all of the auditionees that selected the group on their preference card submission, starting with the auditionees who selected that group as their first choice. If the group declines to select a specific auditionee, the group the auditionee marked as their second choice can choose to accept them, and so forth.

Once selections are mostly finalized, all the groups meet together and submit their final rosters in what we lovingly refer to as A Cappella Draft, the culmination of the audition process and one of the amazing parts of being in such a big community.

Did I make it?

ACAC will notify all callback-ees by email early in the morning on Tuesday, February 16th.

If you are not selected by a group this semester, don’t get discouraged. We will be holding auditions next fall, and you are always free to audition again. Many groups have members who have auditioned more than once. There are also numerous opportunities available for musicians through the Department of Music and various other student groups.


If you still have questions, reach out to our president (moc.l1621002185iamg@1621002185tnedi1621002185serpc1621002185aca1621002185).