Audition Books & Repertoire for Female Vocals

The following audition sheet music books and songs contain arrangements suitable for female voice, piano, and guitar with full professional backing tracks on CD in an appropriate key suitable for rehearsal or auditioning (unless stated otherwise). Audition repertoire suitable for all styles of female singer are listed in alphabetical order and most have sample sheet music and/or audio examples available for review, purchase and download in MP3 format or as a Book/CD at the merchants site.

16-Bar Theatre Audition – Belter (Mezzo-Soprano) Edition.

Arranged by Michael Dansicker. Vocal Collection. Size 9×12 inches. 192 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
Most large audition calls for musical theatre, both professionally and in larger school situations, specify that those auditioning bring in a 16 bar excerpt. The professionals in musical theatre often complain that singers don’t know how to construct an appropriate 16 bar audition, either in choosing a song or in editing an excerpt. With this new series, that problem is solved forever! Editor Michael Dansicker, a composer/producer/music director, is a seasoned musical theatre veteran, with 100 Broadway credits. He brings his expertise and broad knowledge of the literature to this series. Each excerpt has been given a thoughtful, graceful and effective form. No more illegible scribblings for the poor audition accompanist! An enormous variety of literature is represented, from old standards to movie songs to the latest Broadway and Off-Broadway material. With 100 songs per volume, any singing actor, whatever his or her talents and strong suits, will have many choices. In the preface, the editor gives valuable pointers on the nature of a good audition and some factors in choosing songs. Contents: Holding Out For A Hero, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Colors Of The Wind, God Help The Outcasts, Someone Like You, So Far Away, Take Me Or Leave Me, Reflection, Always True To You In My Fashion, Shy, A Change In Me, Don’t Tell Mama, And All That Jazz, How Did We Come To This?, I Know The Truth, Another Opening Another Show, Better, On My Own, As Long As He Needs Me, At The Ballet, Before The Parade Passes By, Broadway Baby, Disneyland, Don’t Rain On My Parade, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm, Honey Bun, The Hostess With The Mostes’ On The Ball, How I Feel, Hurry It’s Lovely Up Here, I (Who Have Nothing), I Ain’t Down Yet, I Cain’t Say No, I Dreamed A Dream, I Enjoy Being A Girl, I Got The Sun In The Morning, I Love A Piano, I Want To Be Bad, I’m Going Back, I’m Beginning To See The Light, If He Walked Into My Life, If I Can’t Have You, If I Were A Bell, If You Really Knew Me, It’s My Party, It’s Today, Jacob And Sons, Johnny One Note, Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now, Let Yourself Go, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Losing My Mind, A Lot Of Livin’ To Do, Maybe This Time, Mean To Me, The Music That Makes Me Dance, My Guy, N.Y.C., Now That I’ve Seen Her, Sara Lee, Shaking The Blues Away, Some People, Take That Look Off Your Face, Ten Cents A Dance, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, There Won’t Be Trumpets, What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?, What I Did For Love, What More Do I Need?, When You’re Good To Mama, Where The Boys Are, Wherever He Ain’t, Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow), A Wonderful Guy, Look At That Face, You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun, You’d Be Surprised, You’d Better Love Me, (I Wonder Why?) You’re Just In Love, Flaming Agnes, That Terrific Rainbow, Plant You Now, Dig You Later, Gotta Have Me Go With You, Someone Woke Up, Loads Of Love, Nobody’s Chasing Me, Look What Happened To Mabel, Ooh! My Feet!, One Fine Day, All Aboard For Broadway, Oh, You Wonderful Boy, What Did I Ever See In Him, One Hallowe’en, You’ve Got Possibilities, Hit Me With A Hot Note, It’s A Perfect Relationship, A Quiet Thing, Sing Happy, How Can I Wait, You Don’t Tell Me
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16-Bar Theatre Audition – Soprano Edition.

Arranged by Michael Dansicker. Vocal Collection. Size 9×12 inches. 160 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.

Contents: Home, Love Song, Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise), You Don’t Know This Man, When She Loved Me, My True Love, And This Is My Beloved, Show Me, Lovely, As Simple As That, Baubles, Bangles And Beads, Before I Gaze At You Again, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, A Cock-Eyed Optimist, Come Home, Comes Once In A Lifetime, Dancing On The Ceiling, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Don’t Like Goodbyes, Falling In Love With Love, Getting Married Today, Glad To Be Unhappy, The Golden Ram, He Was Too Good To Me, How Are Things In Glocca Morra, I Belong Here, I Could Have Danced All Night, I Could Write A Book, I Got Lost In His Arms, I Have Dreamed, I Have To Tell You, I’ve Never Said I Love You, I Wish I Didn’t Love You So, I’ll Know, If I Loved You, In Buddy’s Eyes (Buddy’s There), In My Life, In My Own Little Corner, It Might As Well Be Spring, It Never Entered My Mind, It’s A Lovely Day Today, Just Imagine, Kiss Her Now, Long Before I Knew You, Look To The Rainbow, Love, Don’t Turn Away, Love, Look Away, Lover, Come Back To Me, Make Someone Happy, Mister Snow, Much More, My Darling, My Darling, My Funny Valentine, My Lord And Master, My Romance, My Ship, My White Knight, Never Never Land, Nobody Told Me, Once You Lose Your Heart, One Boy (Girl), One More Kiss, Out Of My Dreams, Part Of Your World, People Will Say We’re In Love, Ribbons Down My Back, The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood, Simple Little Things, So Far, So Many People, Somebody, Somewhere, Someone Nice Like You, Something There, Something Wonderful, The Sound Of Music, Speak Low, Ten Minutes Ago, That’ll Show Him, There’s No Reason In The World, Till There Was You, Too Much In Love To Care, Unusual Way (In A Very Unusual Way), Warm All Over, What Good Would The Moon Be?, What Is A Woman, Where Or When, Where, Oh Where, Who Are You Now?, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Is He The Only Man In The World?, I Like Him, Look No Further, How Lovely To Be A Woman, Art Is Calling For Me, Cry Like The Wind, Italian Street Song, Billie, Children Of The Wind, So In Love, I’ll Show Him
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Audition Songbook (Female Edition – Book/CD)
A unique CD and music pack for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands.
Contents: All I Ask Of You (The Phantom Of The Opera), Anything But Lonely (Aspects Of Love), Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita), I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar), Memory (Cats), Our Kind Of Love (The Beautiful Game), Tell Me On A Sunday (Tell Me On A Sunday), The Perfect Year (Sunset Boulevard), Whistle Down The Wind (Whistle Down The Wind), Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (The Phantom Of The Opera)
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Audition Songs: Country (Female Book/CD)
Make a big impression at your next audition with these ten hit country songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Complete with a backing tracks CD, this book signals an end to problems finding an accompanist! Specially designed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands, the music book features Piano, Vocal and Guitar arrangements of each song, while a handy reference on the back cover tells you the key as well as the high and low notes for each song.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Cabaret Songs (Book/CD)
Ten great audition songs for women, with full backing tracks for each song. A unique CD and music pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The music book features piano, vocal and guitar arrangements of all 10 songs and the CDs give you professional backing tracks, each recorded specially in the original key. Contents: Big Spender, Cabaret, Falling In Love Again, I Am A Vamp, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Maybe This Time, Mein Herr, No Regrets (Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien), Take Me To Your Heart Again (La Vie En Rose), The Ladies Who Lunch.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Showstoppers! (Book/CD)
Make an impression at auditions with these ten hit songs, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent! A unique CD and music package specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues, and bands. All songs are arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Songs include : And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (Dreamgirls), Be Italian (Nine), Defying Gravity (Wicked), Good Morning Baltimore (Hairspray), Mama Who Bore Me (Spring Awakening), Slipping Through My Fingers (Mamma Mia!), So Much Better (Legally Blonde), Somewhere That’s Green (Little Shop Of Horrors), When You Got It, Flaunt It (The Producers).
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 1
Songs include Heaven Help My Heart, Saving All My Love For You, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Adelaide’s Lament, Big Spender, I cain’t say no, I will survive, Out here on my own, Someone to watch over me, The wind beneath my wings, with piano, vocal and guitar chords plus lyrics and full professional backing tracks recorded in the most appropriate key.
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 2
Songs include Fame, Save The Best for Last, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, I Dreamed A Dream, If I Were A Bell, What I Did for Love, Miss Byrd, You can always count on me, Someone else’s story, Another suitcase in another hall. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Make a big impression at auditions with these ten hit songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent.
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 3
No more problems finding an accompanist! This unique CD and music package has been specifically developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. In the book you will find ten of the most popular audition standards (with piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for each song) specially selected by leading musical directors and rehearsal pianists from London’s West End. The CD gives you professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. Track List: Can’t help lovin’ dat man, crazy, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, memory, now that i’ve seen her (her or me), show me heaven, that ole devil called love, the reason, the winner takes it all, wishing you were somehow here again
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 4
No more problems finding an accompanist! This unique CD and music package has been specifically developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. In the book you will find ten of the most popular audition standards (with piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for each song) specially selected by leading musical directors and rehearsal pianists from London’s West End. The CD gives you professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. Track List: As long as he needs me, constant craving, feeling good, i don’t know how to love him, i say a little prayer, if my friends could see me now, it’s oh so quiet, killing me softly with his song, tell me it’s not true, you must love me
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 5 – Chart Hits
A unique CD and matching folio specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Make a big impression at auditions with these ten hit songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: Against all odds (mariah carey & westlife), american pie (madonna), baby one more time (britney spears), breathless (the corrs), it feels so good (sonique), man! i feel like a woman (shania twain), my love is your love (whitney houston), pure shores (all saints), rise (gabrielle), sing it back (moloko)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 6 – 90’s Hits
This unique CD and matching folio specially designed for singers attending auditions for shows, revues and bands includes tracks by Shirley Bassey, Whitney Housten, All Saints, Martine, McCutchen, M People, Shania Twain, Natalie Imbruglia, Spice Girls, The Corrs and Des’ree. Track List: History repeating (shirley bassey/propellerheads), i will always love you (whitney houston), never ever (all saints), perfect moment (martine mccutcheon), search for the hero (m people), that don’t impress me much (shania twain), torn (natalie imbruglia), become 1 (spice girls), what can i do (the corrs), you gotta be (des’ree)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 7 – Hits of the 90’s
A unique CD & Music Pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. Includes tracks from Portishead, Britney Spears, Alanah Myles, Tina Arena, No Doubt, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, The Cardigans, Catatonia and The Corrs. Track List: All mine (portishead), baby one more time (britney spears), black velvet (alanah myles), chains (tina arena), don’t speak (no doubt), from a distance (bette midler), hero (mariah carey), lovefool (the cardigans), road rage (catatonia), what can i do (the corrs)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 8 – Blues
A unique CD & Music Pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. These ten hit songs have been carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. The music book features each song in piano/vocal arrangements. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. This series is the answer to accompanist problems! Track List: black coffee, cry me a river, fine and mellow (my man don’t love me), god bless’ the child, the lady sings the blues, lover man (oh where can you be), moonglow, natural blues, please send me someone to love, solitude
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 9 – Classic Soul
Ten standard classic soul songs are featured with piano, vocal arrangements with full professional backing tracks recorded in the most appropriate key supplied on the CD. Track List: don’t make me over, i just want to make love to you, midnight train to georgia, nutbush city limits, private number, rescue me, respect, son of a preacher man, stay with me baby, (take a little) piece of my heart
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 10 – R & B Hits
A unique CD and matching folio specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Make a big impression at auditions with these ten hit songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: ain’t it funny (jennifer lopez), am to pm (christina milian), family affair (mary j blige), freak like me (sugababes), get the party started (pink), how come you don’t call me (alicia keys), shoulda woulda coulda (beverley knight), sweet baby (macy gray), survivor (destiny’s child), what about us? (brandy)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 11 – Murder on the Dance Floor
A unique CD & Music Pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. Includes murder on the dancefloor (sophie ellis-bextor), castles in the sky (ian van dahl), heaven (dj sammy & yanou feat. do), hungry (kosheen), i turn to you (melanie c), set you free (n-trance), silence (delerium feat. sarah mclachlan), touch me (rui da silva), who do you love now? (riva feat. danni minogue)
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Beautiful
A unique CD+Music pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. Track List: A Thousand Miles, Beautiful, Complicated, Don’t Know Why, For What It’s Worth, I’m Gonna Getcha Good! Kiss Kiss, No More Drama, One Day I’ll Fly Away, Whenever, Wherever
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Cabaret Songs
Make a big impression at auditions with these ten cabaret songs, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: Big Spender, Cabaret, Falling In Love Again, I Am A Vamp, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Maybe This Time, Mein Herr, No Regrets (Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien), Take Me To Your Heart Again (La Vie En Rose), The Ladies Who Lunch
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Audition Songs for Female Singers: Classical Greats (Book/CD)
This is an eclectic collection of 10 popular classical pieces from German songs to Italian Arias, specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. It includes a combination of pieces easy to master and ones that will change and excite the budding vocalist. Compilation includes “Habanera”, “Caro Mio Ben”, “Voi Che Sapete” and “Panis Angelicus”. It also contains a CD with a mixture of full orchestral backing tracks and live Steinway accompaniments. It is perfect for private practice, auditions and concerts.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Country
Make a big impression at your next audition with these ten hit country songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Complete with a backing tracks CD, this book signals an end to problems finding an accompanist! Specially designed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands, the music book features Piano, Vocal and Guitar arrangements of each song, while a handy reference on the back cover tells you the key as well as the high and low notes for each song. Blanket On The Ground [Spears, Billie Jo], How Do I Live [Rimes, Leann], I’ll Never Fall In Love Again [Bobbie Gentry], Jolene [Parton, Dolly], Rose Garden [Anderson, Lynn], Sweet Dreams [Cline, Patsy], Talking In Your Sleep [Gayle, Crystal], The End Of The World [Davis, Skeeter], When You Say Nothing At All [Krauss, Alison], You’re Still The One [Twain, Shania]
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Audition Songs for Female Singers: Film Hits (Book/CD)
Contents: Angel, Goldfinger, I’m Kissing You, Listen, Nine to Five, Only Hope, Part of Your World, Run to You, Take My Breath Away, The Winner Takes It All.
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Audition Songs for Female Singers: Film Hits (Book/Digital Download)
Contents: Angel, Goldfinger, I’m Kissing You, Listen, Nine to Five, Only Hope, Part of Your World, Run to You, Take My Breath Away, The Winner Takes It All.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Rock Hits
Make a big impression with these great rock and pop audition songs for women, with full backing tracks for each song. This is a unique CD and music pack specially developed for female rock singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. No more finding an accompanist – the music book features piano, vocal and guitar arrangements for 10 fantastic songs and the CDs give you professional backing tracks, each recorded specially in the original key. Track List: Alone [Heart], Call Me [Blondie], Holding Out For A Hero [Tyler, Bonnie], I Need A Man [Eurythmics], My Favourite Game [Cardigans, The], Road Rage [Catatonia], Run, Baby, Run [Crow, Cheryl], Somebody To Love [Jefferson Airplane], What’s Up [4 Non Blondes], You Oughta Know [Morissette, Alanis]
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Today’s Chart Hits
No more problems finding an accompanist! Make a big impression at auditions with these eight hit songs, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent! This book features each song in Piano, Vocal and Guitar arrangements with professional, soundalike backing tracks on CD. Includes Someone Like You, Bad Romance, Halo and more.
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Audition Songs: Bumper Songbook (Book/3CDs)
Make a big impression at auditions with this collection of 28 popular songs. The pieces in the Audition Songs: Bumper Songbook have been carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. This book comes complete with three CDs that have been specially developed for singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The Audition Songs: Bumper Songbook features the hits Bad Romance, The Fear, Chasing Pavements, Run and more, arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: R&B Anthems (Book/CD)
Make a big impression at auditions with the hottest R&B hits by today’s contemporary pop princesses, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: 1 Thing, Breathe, Don’t Cha, Doo Wop (That Thing), Milkshake, Real Love, Say My Name, Superstar, You Had Me.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Show Hits – The Boublil-Schönberg Collection (Book/CD)
A unique CD and matching folio specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands, featuring the sensational show-songs of Boublil and Schönberg. Track List: Castle On A Cloud, How Many Tears? I Dreamed A Dream, I Saw Him Once, I’d Give My Life For You, Now That I’ve Seen Her, On My Own, Quatre Saisons Pour Un Amour, Someone, The Movie In My Mind, The Sacred Bird, When Will Someone Hear?
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Showtunes (Book/CD)
Ten great songs from hit musicals ideal for auditions. Track List: As If We Never Said Goodbye, Cabaret, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Let’s Play A Love Scene, My Favourite Things, No One But You, On My Own, Shakalaka Baby, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Take That Look Off Your Face.
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Audition Songs For Professional Female Singers (Book/CD)
Book and CD Pack containing 31 Audition Songs for Professional Female Singers, including tracks from Kylie, Alicia Keys, Atomic Kitten and Destiny’s Child. Track List: Against All Odds, All Mine, American Pie, Black Velvet, Breathless, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Come What May, Don’t Speak, Emotion, Eternal Flame, Family Affair, From A Distance, Hero, History Repeating, How Come You Don’t Call Me, I Will Always Love You, I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman, It Feels So Good, Lovefool, My Love Is Your Love, Out Of Reach, Perfect Moment, Pure Shores, Search For The Hero, Sing It Back, That Don’t Impress Me Much, Torn, What If, What Took You So Long? Whenever, Wherever, Whole Again.
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Audition Sourcebook: Female Singers
An exceptionally wide-ranging selection of 22 of the best audition songs for female voices. From Jazz and Soul to Pop, Rock and R’n’B, this collection has something to suit every occasion, whether you are auditioning for a band or a stage production, or impressing the judges at a competition. Each song has been carefully identified with the relevant vocal range, so you can tell at a glance which songs are best suited to your unique voice. The book is complete with 2 CDs of outstanding backing tracks, professionally recorded to give you the very best virtual backing band! With songs ranging from From A Distance and The Closest Thing To Crazy to Murder On The Dancefloor and Toxic, this package represents the ultimate audition sourcebook for women.
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Big Book Of Audition Songs : Female Edition
A unique book and double-CD pack developed for singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CD’s give you full professional ‘soundalike’ backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Alone [Heart], Bleeding Love [Lewis, Leona], Chasing Pavements [Adele], Cornflake Girl [Amos, Tori], Dance Me To The End Of Love [Peyroux, Madeleine], Don’t Make Me Over [Warwick, Dionne], Everytime [Spears, Britney], Goldfinger [Bassey, Shirley], Holding Out For A Hero [Tyler, Bonnie], Hurt [Aguilera, Christina], I Have A Dream [Abba], I Kissed A Girl [Perry, Katy], Live To Tell [Madonna], Man! I Feel Like A Woman! [Twain, Shania], Mercy [Duffy], My Favourite Things [Andrews, Julie], Real Love [Blige, Mary J.], Run To You (The Bodyguard) [Housten, Whitney], Run, Baby, Run [Crow, Cheryl], Suddenly I See [Tunstall, KT], Survivor [Destiny’s Child], Take That Look Off Your Face [Webb, Marti], The Lady Sings The Blues [Holiday, Billie], Unfaithful [Rihanna], You Gotta Be (Des’ree)
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Big Book Of Audition Songs: More Hits (Female Edition)
A unique book and double-CD pack developed for singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CDs give you full professional ‘soundalike’ backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Cabaret [Minnelli, Liza], Call Me [Blondie], Call Off The Search [Melua, Katie], Don’t Cha [Pussycat Dolls], Get The Party Started [Pink], Hallelujah [Burke, Alexandra], I Dreamed A Dream (Les Misérables), I Just Want To Make Love To You [Dixon, Willie], I Should Be So Lucky [Minogue, Kylie], Kiss Kiss [Valance, Holly], Listen [Beyonce], Love Song [Bareilles, Sara], Nine To Five [Parton, Dolly], One Day I’ll Fly Away [Kidman, Nicole], Put Your Records On [Rae, Corinne Bailey], Respect [Franklin, Aretha], Rise [Gabrielle], Road Rage [Catatonia], Superstar [Jamelia], Take My Breath Away [Berlin], Tell Me On A Sunday (Tell Me On A Sunday) [Lloyd Webber, Andrew], The Nearness Of You [Jones, Norah], Umbrella [Rihanna], What’s Up [4 Non Blondes], You Had Me [Stone, Joss]
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Broadway Standards (Audition Songs for Female Singers) (Book/CD)
10 great songs, carefully selected for singers auditioning for shows or bands, including: Another Suitcase in Another Hall, As Long As He Needs Me, Big Spender, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Feeling Good, I Cain’t Say No, If I Were a Bell, On My Own, Take That Look off Your Face, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. With a CD of accompaniments.
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Broadway Favourites (Audition Songs for Female Singers) (Book/CD)
10 great songs, carefully selected for singers auditioning for shows or bands, including: As If We Never Said Goodbye, Cabaret, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, I Dreamed a Dream, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Memory, My Favorite Things, What I Did for Love, The Winner Takes It All. With a CD of accompaniments.
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Complete Preparation – A Guide to Auditioning for Opera
by Joan Dornemann, Maria Ciaccia (Contributor), Sherrill Milnes (Designer)
A basic introduction to operatic auditions from preparation, to aria choices, to behaviour at the audition
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Broadway
Sheet Music And CD – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes. Track List: anything goes (anything goes), as long as he needs me (oliver), being alive (company), but not for me (girl crazy), fifty per cent (ballroom), johnny one note (babes in arms), nothing (a chorus line), people (funny girl), take me or leave me (rent), there won’t be trumpets (anyone can whistle)
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Essential Audition Songs for Female Vocalists – Jazz Standards (Book/CD)
Ten jazz standards in piano and voice arrangements with lyrics and guitar chord boxes. The accompanying CD contains full backing tracks for use in rehearsal or at auditions. Track List: cry me a river, desafinado, ev’ry time we say goodbye, fever, it’s only a paper moon, mad about the boy, my baby just cares for me, stormy weather, summertime, they can’t take that away from me
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Movie Hits (Book/CD)
Sheet Music And CD – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes. Track List: because you loved me (up close and personal), can’t fight the moonlight (coyote ugly), chain of fools (commitments), diamonds are forever (diamonds are forever), fame (fame), for your eyes only (for your eyes only), how do i live (con air), nobody does it better (the spy who loved me), the rose (the rose), take my breath away (top gun)
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Pop Ballads (Book/CD)
Sheet Music – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes plus professionally recorded backing tracks for rehearsal and auditions. Track List: anything for you, do you know where you’re going to, the greatest love of all, i will always love you, killing me softy with his song, my heart will go on, over the rainbow, promise me, walk on by, the way we were
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Pop Divas (Book/CD)
Sheet Music And CD – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes plus professionally recorded backing tracks for rehearsal and auditions. Track List: beautiful stranger (madonna), believe (cher), genie in a bottle (christina aquilera), the greatest love of all (whitney houston), i don’t want to wait (paula cole), i try (macy gray), pure shores (all saints), unbreak my heart (toni braxton), waiting for tonight (jennifer lopez), without you (mariah carey)
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists: West End Hits (Book/CD)
A selection of ten hit stage songs which are perfect for the aspiring female singer to hone their skills. And All That Jazz (Chicago), I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady), I Get A Kick Out Of You (Anything Goes), I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (South Pacific), Out Here On My Own (Fame), Out Tonight (Rent), Roxie (Chicago), Secret Love (Calamity Jane), Somebody To Love (We Will Rock You), Truly Scrumptious (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).
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Pop Hits For Professional Singers (Book/CD)
A unique book and double-CD pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The music book features twenty-seven songs in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. The CDs give you full professional backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. Includes hits by Dusty Springfield, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John and Britney Spears.
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Professional Singers Audition Book (Book/CD or Digital Audio)
Piano & Vocal Sheet Music And CD or Download Card
A unique book and download card pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CDs give you full professional backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Track List: adelaide’s lament, another suitcase in another hall, as long as he needs me, big spender, can’t help lovin’ dat man, constant craving, crazy, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, don’t cry for me argentina, feeling good, heaven help my heart, i cain’t say no, i don’t know how to love him, i dreamed a dream, i say a little prayer, i will survive, if i were a bell, if my friends could see me now, it’s oh so quiet, killing me softly with his song, memory, miss byrd, now that i’ve seen her, out here on my own, the reason, save the best for last, saving all my love for you, show my heaven, someone else’s story, someone to watch over me, tell me it’s not true, that ole devil called love, what i did for love, the wind beneath my wings, the winner takes it all, wishing you were somehow here again, you can always count on me, you must love me,
Book/CD or Kindle Edition at Amazon UK
Book/CD or Kindle Edition at Amazon USA

Sing the Classics – Audition Songs for Female Singers (Book/CD)
15 art songs carefully selected for singers auditioning for operas, shows, or choirs. Each song is arranged for voice and piano with CD backing tracks. Pieces include: Die betrogne Welt (Mozart), Die Henne (Brahms), The First Primrose (Grieg), Gruss (Mendelssohn), Like to a Linden Tree Am I (Dvorak), Non lo diro col labbro (Handel), The Princess (Grieg), and more.
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The Definitive Audition Songbook
A bumper collection of 30 all-time favourite audition songs for women arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Whether you’re entering a competition, performing at a festival or getting that all-important stage part, the choices in this collection provide a range of pop hits that will show off your voice like never before! The book is complete with 2 CDs packed full of performance standard backing tracks to standards, show tunes and pop hits from artists including Carole King, Madonna, Nina Simone, Joss Stone, Beyonce and more.
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Vocal Audition Collection Book 1
What To Sing At An Audition Is Always A Problem – These Two Books Will Solve Your Difficulty! They Each Contain 14 Great Soprano Songs, Compiled By The Superb Singer And Teacher Wendy Eathorne. The contents range from baroque to contemporary and all pieces have been specifically chosen to show off the Soprano voice in all its ranges. Each book also contains extensive background notes.
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Vocal Audition Collection Book 2
What to sing at an audition is always a problem – this is the second of two books that will solve your difficulty!Each book contains 14 great soprano songs, compiled by the superb singer and teacher Wendy Eathorne. The contents range from baroque to contemporary and all pieces have been specifically chosen to show off the Soprano voice in all its ranges. Each book also contains extensive background notes.
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You’re The Voice: Aretha Franklin (Book/CD)
Ten classics arranged for voice, piano and guitar, as performed and recorded by the legendary Aretha Franklin. The accompanying CD includes full backings for each song, professionally arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings.
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You’re the Voice : Billie Holiday (Book/CD)
Now you can sing in the style of Billie Holiday! Published in the popular “You’re The Voice” series this book features arrangements of classic Billie Holiday songs for piano, voice and guitar and a short artist biography. The accompanying CD contains full backing tracks for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sounds of the original recording.
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You’re the Voice : Ella Fitzgerald (Book/CD)
You’re The Voice: Ella Fitzgerald features 10 jazz classics from Ella Fitzgerald arranged for piano, voice and guitar in the highly successful You’re The Voice series. Includes the classics Every Time We Say Goodbye, Summertime, Witchcraft and seven more from ‘The First Lady of Song’. The accompanying CD features full backings for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sound of the original, so you too can sound like the real thing!
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You’re The Voice: Nina Simone (Book/CD)
Ten timeless classics arranged for voice, piano and guitar, as performed and recorded by the legendary Nina Simone. The accompanying CD includes full backings for each song, professionally arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings.
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You’re The Voice: Norah Jones (Book/CD)
A collection of ten timeless classics and jazzy grooves as performed by one of the most distinctive voices of modern times. This book and CD offers you the chance to take the place of Norah Jones, with full Piano, Voice and Guitar arrangements of her best-loved songs. The CD features a set of superb professional backing tracks arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings. Sing and play your way through these bittersweet ballads and smooth soul moments.
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Stage Fright: Why Am I So Scared? What Can I do?

You are not alone if you suffer from what we have come to know as stage fright. I do not believe I can recall any accomplished musician saying they are not nervous at all before a performance. Many are actually terrified and get physically sick prior to a concert. This basis for this is actually a good motivation, we want to be good, we want to be accepted. That is a good thing but being debilitated by stage fright is not. There are some effective ways of dealing with this condition.

The most effective way to manage the phenomenon of stage fright is constant performance. For some this may not be possible or you may just be starting out and you are struggling at the starting gate, so to speak. If you are just starting out and cannot even imagine performing in front of people yet, find a friendly audience that will accept you no matter what, your family! Perhaps you can pick one to three songs to perform and set it up just like a regular performance; a certain time etc.

Have the chairs set out for your family, maybe some refreshments and so forth. It may sound silly, but you will be nervous even though you know they will accept you no matter what you do. When you perform for them try not to talk to them as they were your family, but make it a little “impersonal” if you will. Pretend they are an audience of strangers. If you make a mistake, keep going .This is very good practice. You will always make mistakes in your life as a musician so get used to it.

You need to learn to “roll with it” or even sometimes make something out of it. This can lead also to improvisational opportunities, but we will discuss that in another lesson. Once this little “concert” is over you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Even if you made a mistake or two, you will feel good about what you have done. I guarantee it! Now you need to continue to build on these performances. Do them more often, invite the neighbours but do not get too comfortable either.

You must continue to stretch your self. If you have a teacher for your instrument, the chances are good that they hold concerts for the families of their students. Participate in these. It will do you a world of good! Once you are past the first stage of performing and are on to performing for larger groups of strangers, there are some other ways of dealing with stage fright. Practice, practice, practice. You must know your piece or pieces of music backwards and forwards if you are to be truly prepared. Even if you do not have to memorize the piece you must know it very well. Memorizing is also for another lesson, but suffice it to say you must constantly practice to overcome any technical limitations on your performance, then you can more easily deal with stage fright as a separate issue.

You may have a very real reason to be afraid if you do not know your music! Now the day of the performance I think it is best not to practice very much at all. You can wear yourself out and “peak” too early. If you are a singer like I am for example, you can over practice and sound perfect two hours prior to performance but be worn out by the time the concert is here. Just rest a lot and go over the music in your mind. Warm up, to be sure, but only that. If you know your music you should be fine. I like to take a nap before a performance so I can be rested. If I cannot actually sleep, then just laying down for 30 minutes or so seems to help. Now when you take the stage, remember all of the work you have done, tell yourself, ” I am prepared, I can do this! You will be amazed at what you can do if you believe in yourself. Be not afraid!

Stage fright, performing, music, singing, perform, performances

Stage fright can be a debilitating obstacle to your best musical performance. Learn to manage your nerves with these simple secrets.

Written by Bill Kernodle

Vocal & Singing Related Sites

The following sites are all singer orientated. Some contain lessons and articles, many of which can be found listed in relevent sections of the Vocalist.org.uk site. Also browse the Organisations and Associations and Magazine sections. This list is constantly updated and many of the sites below are listed in our Articles sections.

Fab Sites

Vocalist.org
International mailing list, discussion group and free resource for singers and singing teachers. The site in its new incarnation is currently in the process of transferring the old vocalist-temp archives which are packed with tips and advice to and by singers, vocal educators, professors and doctors.

L’Atelier du Chanteur
Packed with singing exercises and vocal pedagogy articles, this is an excellent site, albeit mainly in French. The exercises have animated diagrams so if you don’t understand the lingo, the animated demonstration gives the general idea. Most of the articles are in English.

Rock Vocalist
Russian site for singers which includes teaching materials, articles, interviews, pictures, vocal theory and other useful information for Russian speaking singers. The site is pretty comprehensive and worth a look – if you cannot read russian Click Here for translation to English.

Singing Voice
Excellent resource contains a wealth of information for singers and teachers including anatomy, castrati, health, history, musicals, nats chats, opera, pedagogy, terminology and links.

The Jazz Site
Tons of jazz and singing related information and a messageboard/forum for jazz singers & musicians.

Vocalist Collective
New Zealand professional vocalists collective magazine provides articles for singers, forum and NZ singing teachers listings.

Vocalisten.nl
Site for professional and semi-professional singers in the Netherlands. Most of the site is written in dutch and contains links to hundreds of singers. We don’t speak the lingo so couldn’t understand the text parts but theres a lot on this site and many of the links are in english.

Voice Council
New website created by TC Helicon to support singers and users of their revolutionary voice forum for readers that involves some of the world’s top vocal instructors, plus, you’ll also find articles, video tutorials, performance clips, artist user statements, presets for your VOICELIVE, products and services related to voice technique and technology processor, VOICELIVE

Acapella & Barbershop

Acappella Foundation
site provides educational & informative articles, essays, samples, instructional videos for all levels, streaming video’s of acappella artists and more.

British Association of Barbershop Singing

Gregorian Chant Home Page
provides links to other chant research sites, medieval music theory sites, resources for chant performance and other helpful sites from Princetown University.

Harmonize
Provides webspace for barbershop singers with over 300 groups now available from this site.

Primarily A Cappella
a site for lovers of unaccompanied singing, includes radio station, who’s who, song search, title list, reviews for thousands of recordings in a range of styles, songbooks, egroup listings, arrangers and their own A Cappella Recording Company plus a whole lot more!

Sweet Adelines International
An organisation for women who sing four-part acappella music in the barbershop style. Includes discussion groups, forum, singing tips, competitions and information on the group.

Cabaret

Backstage Online US
Complete performing arts resource providing casting resources, audition notices, talent and crew job listings, features, news, columns, showguide and related information for Broadway, Chicago & Florida.

Cabaret
US On-line Cabaret Resource for regularly updated cabaret events around the world, and other cabaret and music resources. Site contains a list of artists, venues and events in the USA.

Cabaret Hotline Online
Online cabaret newsletter which provides news from around the world, articles including ‘Getting started in Cabaret, Choosing a Musical Director, When your in the Audience, When to hire a Publicist, Building your own Press Kit, Building a following, building an audience, The art of the Small Gesture, Common mistakes to Avoid and Making that Cabaret CD’ plus a host of links to cabaret related websites.

Cabaret Performance Workshops
Information on these workshops run by Helen Baldassare in New York, USA.

Cabaret Scenes Magazine
Promotes performers and cabarets with news and reviews.

Cabaret Showcase UK
The Cabaret Singers Website is an online resource for cabaret singers which provides links to cabaret singers, track reviews, articles and mailing list. The purpose of the site is to promote a wider appreciation of the work of singers currently working in the ‘cabaret’ genre of singing, this means singers who perform in small /intimate venues where the main purpose of the show is communication with the audience.

Chicago Cabaret Professionals
An alliance of performers and advocates of the art form of cabaret based in Chicago, USA who exist to promote the art of cabaret by educating presenters, the media and the public at large; to encourage the development of venues and audiences; and to establish professional standards for performance conditions.

City Cabaret
Online magazine for music lovers contains features, cabaret library, upcoming and favourite artists and cabaret links.

Culture Vulture
Provides listings of theatre shows, touring shows and cabaret in the USA, UK and Eire.

Mabel Mercer Foundation
Non-profit arts organization preserving and promoting cabaret artists. Information on performers plus sponsoring performances and broadcasts are just two of the ways that they support cabaret artists. Also host an annual Cabaret Convention in New York.

Musical Theatre
Theatrical information and links to a wide variety of related sites, theatres and resources for amateur and professional singers, actor/actresses and musicians available at Electric Blues Club. Also check out the classical and jazz sections.

Talkin’ Broadway Cabaret Pages
Provides featured interviews with emerging and established cabaret artists.

Charitable Groups

Aiding singers in need or provide services to people with disabilities.

Johnny Mercer Foundation USA
Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the Great American Songbook in the tradition of Johnny Mercer through introducing school kids to the songbook, honoring contemporary songwriters, teaching the bline to read music and other projects.

Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc is a USA nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotton heroes of Southern musical traditions gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. Keeping the bluest of the blues alive.

Society of Singers USA
The Society of Singers is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1984 to aid professional singers who face financial, medical, family or other crises

Choral

Cambiata Vocal Music Institute of America
Site with articles on two basic approaches on teaching boys whose voices are changing which includes information on different ways boys voices change and tips on choosing music for adolescents aimed at the choral community and voice teachers.

ChoralNet
The internet center for Choral Music, aims to be a centeralised resource and portal where choral musicians can go to find information.  With 3000+ links to other choral music and related fields worldwide. It is an officially sanctioned activity of the International Federation for Choral Music. The site provides repertoire lists and ideas, composer listings, rehearsal tips from worldwide contributors, choralnet job board, choral warmups and other articles and resources. Available in English, Deutsch, Espanol and Francais.

Gerontius.net
This extensive choral resource provides searchable directories of uk choirs, choral concerts and other choral music resources including a choral sheet music hire/borrow service.

MUSICA
International database of choral repertoire plus a pedagogic tool for conductors, musicologists, music schools, federations and anyone wanting to know about choral music repertoire.

The Tuning Fork
A newsletter for the Orthodox Church Singer.

Educational

A Singer’s Guide to the Well-Trained and Powerful Voice
by Cheryl Hodge gives an insight into the book with do’s and dont’s, vocal health and other issues for singers.

All About Singers
Site provided by US professional singer/songwriter, singing consultant, columnist & inspirational speaker Barbara Lewis. Contains hot tips archive with articles on singing and the music business plus details of her seminars, workshops and vocal consultancy services for singers in Montreal, Canada.

Anthony Winter’s Voice Studio
is based in Sydney, Australia and has several online lessons which include exercises including Breath Support, Opening the Throat, Articulation of clear vowels, Phrasing, Training the Ear, Comparison of music styles, Broadway Belt, Jazz Training, Microphone Technique, Developing Ring in the voice, Building a career and other articles.

BriVocals
School of Voice Production has a few basic introductions on ventilation, the diaphragm and singing for beginners

Brian Gilbertson
Australian teacher provides a weekly singing tip on all aspects of singing with printable archived tips available online.

Cantabile Subito
A site for collectors of great singers of the past! Growing selection of information on a wide range of historical singers and singing teachers including mp3 examples.

Cari Cole Voice Studio
provides a monthly article on singing technique.

Castrati – brief history of the castrati.

Castrati – all you want to know – What castrati are (or were!).

Catherine’s Singing and Art History Page
Articles for beginners on choosing a teacher, voice and music type, skills etc.

Children’s Music Web
Childrens Music Site – Fun & Educational.

Christian Musician
has a range of tutorials and lessons plus articles in the Vocal Coach’s Corner covering various aspects of singing and performance i.e. Accompaniment or Backing Tracks, forgetting words, staying healthy, updating your vocal style, considering a vocal coach, the larynx and other articles.

Classical Vocal Technique
from Standing Stones covers classical singing and vibrato related topics in music and singing including 19th century voice teacher Mrs Alverson discusses vibrato.

Connecting Voices
Resources, links, articles for the non classical singer

Counter Tenor Technique at Counter Tenor UK

Daring Diva
includes links to singing and singing related sources, singers forum, books and other resources.

Dwayne’s Singing Page
Site has several lessons and information on singing

EPerformer
An excellent site providing articles and information for singers, actors, dancers and other performers.

Edie Layland
provides some online lessons including breath support, vibrato, improvisation, working with rock musicians and registration.

Excite Directory
vocal courses and lessons sites

Functional Singing – Historic Bel Canto Method
This blog provided by Silver Voice Studio includes useful articles and advice on aspects of singing.

Gayaki – Indian Vocal Music
Discussion of Indian Vocal Music

Good Rich Vocal
Speech Level Singing Studio in USA has text lessons with correct and incorrect audio examples (needs RealPlayer) plus Q & A from Seth Riggs and info on workshops & masterclasses.

How To Sing: A logical guide
Attempts to outline a logical sequence of exercises you can try in order to ‘train’ your voice and prepare a song for performance.

International Breath Institute
Transform Breathing, evaluate your breathing and find more breathing exercises. (site currently being redesigned so exercises unavailable).

Guide of Musical Composition
Composers resource.

Harmony How To
tips and advice on staying in tune aimed at barbershop singers and directors from The Harmonizer Magazine the official publication of the Barbershop Harmony Society (US). Regular singing articles posted online.

Health & Fitness Center – Sportsbreather
Breathing trainer for asthmatics, athletes, or anyone needing to increase lung endurance. The Sports Breather is a device for breathing training and to help increase breathing and lung endurance.

How to Throat Sing
this site provides instructions on elementary throat singing (the eastern art of singing). Includes shape of the mouth, location of the tip of the tongue, the mouth as a resonator, a small vent hole, the volume of the resonator, vocalization plus hints and tips in english with a japanese version also available.

James Lugo’s Vocal Asylum
L.A. singer and vocal coach James Lugo’s site contains a page of vocal questions and answers for rock singers plus pictures, music and touring information.

Jazz Singers Network
Provides information and resources for Jazz singers including singers calendar, messageboard, New York and Chicago music scene, jam sessions, clubs and concert halls, jazz insights, american poppular song, gig & tour schedules, singers sites and related links.

Jerome Barry’s – Voice Quality Enhancement
site has a free ‘advice of the week’ section which provides a couple of short tips on singing updated weekly.

Just for Vocalists
links for vocal resources at About.com

Kashu-Do – The Way of the Singer
Discussion on vocal techniques

La Voix
French site (no english) has some excellent diagrams of the larynx, respitory, hearing and resonation systems of the body.

LoVetri Post
Thoughts on vocal pedagogy and meeting the needs of contemporary commercial music (CCM).

Manjiree’s Musical Lahari
Includes overview and tips on yoga as it applies to singing and the voice.

Miasha’s Vocal Pedagogy
includes information on the voice mechanism, relaxation, posture, breath, praticing tips, tips on singing and vocal health.

Music Connection
USA online magazine has free singing lessons with audio examples

Music Education Online
Comprehensive resource for Music Education & Educators.

Music Hall
Music Education Resources for Teachers and Students.

MusiciansNews
Singing Section (access to articles is by free signup only) lessons include Singing Chords, warming up exercises, singing legato technique, singing the C Major Scale, singing with chords, songwriting lessons

Natural Singing
Natural Singing has produced an affordable DVD of six professional video singing lessons for the Beginner and Actor (1hour & 47 minutes of video tuition) with a fly-on-the-wall feeling when you watch the DVD by John Oxley

Observations on the Technique of Italian Singing
from the 16th Century to the Present Day by Antonella Nigro available in English and Italian. Print off from the book Celebri Ari Antiche (Famous Ancient Arias).

Robert Marks
provides several articles including audition tips, inspiration, selecting songs, kids agents/managers and vocal health.

Saskatchewan Lung Association
information on the lungs and the process of breathing with advice for those who wish to quit smoking.

Seaway Sounds Sweet Adelines
5 FREE VOCAL LESSONS Learn to sing four-part harmony barbershop style! Seaway Sounds Chorus of Sweet Adelines International offers five free vocal lessons, presented in a fun and informative manner.

Sennheiser’s Vocal Workshop
Provides online articles and advice for singers on how the voice works with accompanying audio mp3 examples

Sharp Shooters
from VocalEase the practical magazine for choral teachers discusses pitch and vocal tension with tips on improvement. Site also contains music reviews, classroom tips and a variety of other singing related articles.

Singing Zone
by Ken Burton has a series of Q & A on various aspects of singing.

The Singers Resource Site
Contains an online version of the International Phonetic Alphabet, a description of the larynx with diagrams, vocal tips, example practice schedule and warm ups.

So You Want To Sing
provides a listing of teachers and classes in the Bay Area (USA) plus links to accompaniment sites, tips on performance at open mic or karaoke nights, venue listings, singers exchange, forum and links to singing sites.

Taking Care of the Voice
article from Jay Williams Choral Press.

Tamara Long
Small selection of singing tips and exercises online from teacher/coach who hosts Broadway Sound of Belting seminars.

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers by John Hall.

The Alchemy Programme
Dr Meribeth Bunch Dayme director of The Alchemy Programme, is a well-known authority on singing and the human voice, a performance coach, masterclass leader, speaker and author. A former university professor of singing and anatomy, the site provides products and information for singers plus details of her workshops and other services.

The Singing Realm
Contains articles on basic anatomy, breath management for singing, vocal fold formation, larynx height, keeping the vocal folds clean, singing with a cold, Vocal Q & A, the importance of proper vocal fold adduction, vocal dictionary, vowel modification and voice recognition.

The Singing Spot
Home of the Singing is Easy foundation course for singers by Yvonne deBandi. Also check out her new site featuring free online articles, tips and lessons plus all her products for singers at http://singsmart.com

The Singing Voice
is packed full of information for singers on the history of singing, terminology and tons of other interesting features. (Site link dead on last check – May 2007).

The Singing Voice
Not the same as the site above but offers some articles on singing and the voice with diagrams.

The Singers Workshop
Provides news, humour, products and info for pop singers. Run by vocal coach Lis Lewis, who provides online tutorials and Angel City Voice the online newsletter for the Pro Singer.

The Ultimate Voice Training For Singers – Vocal Tips
Billy Purnell provides you with an ever-changing variety of vocal tips for today’s singers. Billy, a Seth Riggs associate, is one of California’s leading vocal technique teachers.

Tips on Popular Singing
By Frank Sinatra and John Quinlan includes breathing, care of the throat, mouth positions and 16 vocalise exercises available at the Jazz Singers Network site.

The Voice House
is the net home of vocal coach Roger D. Beale. There are a few articles available including choosing a vocal coach, 7 ways to sing better with less practice and cold weather is here, the show must go on. The lesson section is currently empty but additions are expected in the future.

The Voice Studio
Jeannie Deva provides free online lessons on range, pitch and other singing related subjects.

Throat Singing
interesting thread explaining the difference between various types of eastern throat singing techniques.

Tona de Brett has several articles on her site, including choosing a teacher, breathing exercies, health, interpretation, live performance, vocal points and singing in a recording studio.

Traditional Gaelic Singing
Article by Craig Cockburn providing and explainations, hints and examples on rendition and style.

Trinity College
Links to singing sites and resources to improve singing and vocal technique from P.L. Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College, Western Australia.

University of Texas
click on “Texas Sings” for singing lessons and information from this online singers newsletter.

Using MIDI Live by Intermusic

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
contains A-Z list of musical terms complete with AIFF files associated with them (Quick Time required). The musical examples are from the 4 CD Norton Musical Example Bank which requires the correct CD to be in your CD-Rom Drive or CDLink software. There are also several quizzes & simulations that require Shockwave to use.

Vocal Coach’s Corner
The Quick and the Easy – article by Roger Beale talks about vocal tension and how to eliminate it.

Vocal Images
Online magazine for singers includes articles on singing and technique based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis plus US events, workshops etc., plus singers can submit their cds to be included in their catalogue.

Voice Makers, Voice Tuition
Singing lessons, voice tuition. Maxeen’s web site.

Vocal Studio
Objectives – To teach proper breathing and technique, without changing a singer’s style or sound. To teach habits to relieve vocal strain. – To teach microphone technique. – To teach exercises designed to increase vocal range

Vocal Wisdom
has a selection of articles on singing and a Q & A section.

Voice Over Answers & Guidance
from the Edge Voice Over Studio (USA)

Voice Performance
site by Shirlee Emmons on performance and technique.

WannaLearn
Provides information and links to interesting and educational resources available on the internet including music and singing related lessons, articles and products.

Ward Choir & Jay Williams Choral Press
provides singing and conducting articles including intonation, pitching problems, vocal tension, breathing, posture and vowels. The site also includes conducting tips, warm up page, guide to copyright law and more singing related articles in the archive.

Yodeling
an art form of the alps provides an explaination and brief history of the art with a crash course from yodeller Florian Keller

Youngs Medical
contains pursed lip and diaphragm breathing exercises with explainations on how and why they work.

General

KTH Music Acoustic Groups
provide several research topics on music and the voice including:

high speed imaging of the larynx
the self-to-other ratio applied as phonation
detector for voice accumulation
voice loading and speech intelligibility in different workplace environments
breathing and phonation
the glottal oscillator
the choir and the room
the science of music performance
Vibrato and the Voice
Breathing & phonation
Performance Rules Examples
emotion
Demonstrated using midi and audio samples with a link to the online java applet.

Catherine Sandolin
Site promoting her book, cd and vocal theories.

Elizabeth Harmetz
Professional singer and voice teacher (soprano, concert, recital and opera singer) based in Orlando, Florida provides singing lesson info and links to vocal related resources on the internet plus bio, schedules, photos and sound clips.

Ernie Halter
Self proclaimed superstar provides tips and advice in his 5 minute singing lesson section along with testimonials, autobiograpy, songlist, sound clips and booking information.

Jeannie Deva Voice Studios Los Angeles
Voice Lessons, Products, Recording Production, Free Information and Resources for Contemporary Singers covering all Styles of Music.

HubPages – Singing section
This social networking site includes a section on singing with articles submitted by amateur members and others selling their services/products.

Paula James
site provides links to tons of music business resources with everything from Florida Musicians to Legal Advice and Promotion.

PunjabiSingers
is an directory of Lyricists, Models, Music Directors and Punjabi Singers catalogued alphbetically. Unsigned artists can get listed along with celebs! plus news, charts and reviews of Indian music.

SingYourLife
Site for singers run by Chrys Page which advertises ‘A Voice for a Lifetime in 30 days’ provides a sample voice lesson (registration required) plus back issues of the newsletter, free articles in the Page Turning advice section and ebooks for sale.

Singers Forum
A US non-profit organization based in New York, dedicated to the development and appreciation of the vocal arts for individuals of any age or level of experience and from all walks of life. Offers year round classes for the emerging artist and recreational singer in all styles of vocal performance.

Singer Solutions
Sell a series of practice cd’s, business advice workshops with some advice online and lists their own recommended teachers, coaches, accompanists and health practitioners for singers.

GestaltSing
Susan Gregory offers therapy and instructional services to help performing artists, including online articles on gestalt therapy and singing.

The Art of the Negro Spiritual
A research project that is looking into the history of the Negro Spiritual as written for solo vocal performance, from the folk music of slaves to the art songs set for the concert stage. The aim is to produce a resource for the singer, vocal teacher and musicologist.

The Royans School Vocal Science Program
A selection of articles and published works by Diana Yampolsky including are available at the site. The school based in Toronto, Canada aims to provide a holistic approach that specializes in accelerated vocal development

The Voice Studio of Dr. Lee Strawn
Singing teacher based in San Francisco, click on ‘news and views’ for some do’s and dont’s for singers plus a list of suggested singers to listen to from a wide range of genres and styles.

Vintage Vocal Group Harmony Web Site
provides information on the R&B vocal groups or the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.

Vocal Group Hall of Fame & Museum
dedicated to the greatest vocal groups (USA site)

The Vocal Resource – Rutgers.edu
Site includes an extensive A-Z singers glossary, New York Music School otolaryngologists and doctors listings, choral issues, reading list, links and questions answered by Christopher Arneson and Judigh Nicosia Professors at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

Voice for Life
is a comprehensive and specialist training scheme for singers of all ages and abilities avialable to purchase from The Royal School of Church Music, Cambridge UK. The website also contains links to companion anthologies packed with a wide-ranging collection of songs and canons, from African, Australian, British and Spiritual traditions, guaranteed to appeal to all ages.

Winnie Wilson Goree
singing teacher in Atlanta, Georgia, USA provides a range of links to US singers resources.

Whittaker Live
Links and tips to useful performing arts resources on the web from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s Whittaker Library.

Yahoo Answers
Enables members to ask a question on a range of subjects and gain responses from other members. There are a variety of catagories including one on Singing Questions & Answers.

History

A Brief History of Singing
by John Koopman

A Singers Guide to Music History
isn’t a lesson site but does provide some good pages on the history of Art Song and Opera from a variety of countries – includes a singers glossary of terms.

History of Music Education in the Philippines
by Leticia G. del Valle includes a basic description of the student / singing teacher relationship and method of instruction.

Indian

From Bebop to Bombay
Article in English by Roseanna Vitro on incorporating classical Indian vocal techniques into modern vocal jazz with brief explanations on different regional styles and techniques.

Shivkumar Carnatic & Hindustani Music Archives
All the files are in Audio format with a trained singer reciting the notes for the class which are also available in pdf/doc. Created by Mr Shivkumar Kalyanaraman the site has everything from the basics (sarali, dhatu, melsthayi etc) to the advanced (alankarams, varnams, krithis).

Jazz

A Jazz Improvisation Primer
free instructional text covering the basics of jazz improvisation & accompaniment by Marc Sabatella. The ‘basics’ are pretty darned extensive and definately worth taking time to read, many schools use this primer – and it’s FREE!

Bernd van de Weteringh’s Vocal Jazz Page
Provides an introduction to the Concepts of Vocal Jazz, How to write Vocal Jazz, links, information and sound files of vocal jazz groups.

James Aebersold Jazz
Free Jazz Handbook available for download in .pdf format (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader), great for jazz fans and students of all levels.

Jazz Improvisation
3 articles from the University of Wisconsin Madison on Aspects of jazz rhythm and accent, jazz melody and jazz harmony plus links to jazz resources.

Jazz Singers Network
provides information for singers plus Frank Sinatra exercises, messageboard and links to music and singing resources.

Jazz Singing advice for the aspiring jazz singer at Vocal Splendor

rec.music.makers.jazz
Webpage for the newsgroup created for jazz musicians to discuss theory, practice, the music business etc.

The Improvisor
The international journal on free improvisation. Provides musicians and composers a place to share music, ideas, articles, reviews, scores and links to interesting sites.

The Vocal Jazz Resource
for jazz vocalists, educators and those interested in jazz site includes links to colleges and universities, local/regional jazz scene, jazz discography, song index, messageboards and resources for singers and educators.

Women In Jazz
Creates an annual series of concerts and professional workshops to aid in the professional development for female jazz vocalists. Based in Austin, Texas, USA.

Atsimevu
Tonalities and performance techniques drum lesson online at Motherland Music.

Jazz Vocal Techniques
An instrumental approach to vocal Inprovisation is a method book for beginners to advanced improvisors written by pianist, vocalist and educator Anne Farnsworth whose site includes a selection of articles and reviews in the archive section.

All About Jazz
This link leads to an article about Yma Sumac the Peruvian Songbird who died in November 2008. The site includes Jazz reviews, news, articles, shows and upcoming releases.

Opera, Art & Classical

A Brief History of Singing and Unsung Songs
Explores the evolution of Western solo singing and provides an indepth guide to lesser known art songs.

Austrian American Mozart Acadamy USA
provides 6 week courses for opera singers which includes voice coaching, role preparation, career building, German for Singers and a recital.

AfroCentric Voices
Focuses on African American performers and composers and on the vocal music forms they influenced, especially opera, art songs and Negro spirituals composed for concert performance. Site contains bibliography, biographies, chronology, collections, forum, music links and VocalMus-L email music discussion list.

Baroque Cantata
Dedicated to the cantata repertoire, users can add composer biographies, join in discussions and debates or purchase the sheet music of the editions submitted by members.

Baroque Aria (UK)
offer arias from Baroque operas, serenatas, dramme per musiche and cantatas which were much feted in their day and still stand today as excellent examples of the genre. You can preview, audition and purchase music.

Baroque Opera UK
Dedicated to the period from around 1600 to the death of Handel in 1759 the site includes composer biographies and articles on Baroque Opera.

Baroque Composers
A collaborative project featuring the work of a number of researchers and performers, who aim to provide information on composers to enable users to find out where and when a work was written and how, when and by whom it was performed.

Baroque Serenata
Dedicated to the dramatic cantata the site authors are currently editing, performing and recording works within the genre and invite performers, musicologists and interested amateurs to make comments, suggestions, contribute music / articles or advertise performances around the globe.

BravuraVox
Discussion forum and online community for classical and opera singers

Black History & Classical Music
This site provides little known information about African composers and musicians who have contributed to classical music since the time of Mozart.

Cantarelopera
Site in English and Italian, is dedicated to Italian Opera and offers an original, interactive service: The opera singer can listen and learn the text of Italian Opera arias using a guided step by step program. Many of the most important arias (for every kind of voice) are provided in zip format, ready to be downloaded. Some are free and users can request any vocal piece of Opera or Chamber Music.

Classic Arts Showcase
provides descriptions of previously televised broadcasts and video clips.

Coloratura eGroup
Singers mailing list discussion group.

Dutch Diva’s
Site provides pictures, biographies, sound files, reviews and discussion on Dutch opera / concert singers and conductors plus a few notable international performers. Of special interest is ‘The High C’ page containing information and sound clips, a full list of recognised voice types (with known artist examples) plus a good diagram of main ranges on the piano with typical note frequency stated below. Available in Dutch and English.

HallOpera
Opera portal including news, information and links to opera related sites.

Inside Out
A variety of information and interactive activities on opera, English National opera and La boheme. Including interviews, rehearsal footage, interactive singing lessons, and facility for show reviews.

La Scena Musicale
Classical music portal and Canadian magazine in French and English. Online version contains news, feature articles, webcast listings, canadian classical music calendar, singing, songwriting and composition contests plus cd reviews.

On Beginning Study to become an Opera Singer
Articles available at CMI Arts by American singer and teacher Alice Baker, whose own site contains an Opera Singers FAQ, articles and interviews with Alice.

Operastars
Opera Singers on the Net is a site for opera singers and fans with features on broadcasts, apprenticeships, auditions, opera singers websites, forums, competitions and other information including site design services. Site available in English and German.

Opera Voices
Follows singers and their careers, produced by Bob Rideout

Operamom
Definitive source of information for singing professionals with children.

Opera Practice Perfect
Opera piano accompaniments on CD and DVD including Aria’s, Opera Role and Choral Prep for singers. These can be purchased as full items or by character and are faithful to the written score.

Opera World
Information on singers workshops, opera talk, future production listings, opera conferences, feature articles, broadcast news and opera distance learning courses.

Pietro Metastasio UK
Site aims to provide access to the work of Italy’s greatest 18th century poet and librettist whose works inspired composers from Caldara to Mozart. There is some information but at the moment its limited to Libretti, Cantatas and Sonnets.

Pocket Coach Publications
provides a wide range of lessons for Classic & Opera singers. These coaching sessions are available on cd and contain fluent recitation of foreign text by native professionals, phrase by phrase repetition, text spoken in rhythm over the melody, word for word & linear translations plus melody and piano or orchestral accompaniement recorded on seperate channels. CD’s available include Italian Art Songs in medium high & medium low range, Messiah Orchestrations, Opera, Operetta, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Song Collections, Childrens Music, Gilbert & Sullivan, Choral, Sacred & Religious Music and Orchestral Accompaniments.

rec.theatre.music.opera – Musical Theatre newsgroup.

Scarlatti Project
involves researching, performing and recording the vocal and keyboard music of the great italian composer. Editions of works are also available on site for soprano, violin & continuo

Tenorland
Dedicated to the great Tenor voices in history, provides The German Fach System

The Classical Singer Community
This magazine and forum covers all aspects of the vocal arts within the classical community with articles, news and interviews available on subscription.

The Porpora Project
is devoted to the celebrated composer and singing teacher Nicola Antonio Porpora.

The (Un)official Counter Tenor Homepage
provides information and links to related websites.

Vocal/Opera section at Scena.org
The online version of music magazine providing features on singers, tips and articles on classical and opera music.

Overtone or Throat Singing

Fusica
Dedicated to throat singing (Mongolia, Tuva, Tibet) which includes sound sample demonstrations of 5 basic techniques, information and snippets from the book and cd plus links to related sites.

Method of Learning Overtone Singing
by Tran Quang Hai & Bach Yen. Site includes information on phonation, musical terms about voice, discography, researches, activities and links to related resources. Available in English, French and Vietnamese versions of the site.

Overtone Chanting
Jill Purce’s UK website provides information workshops in the UK, Europe and N. America on magical voice techniques, Mongolian and Tibetan Overtone Chanting, Mantra, Sonic Meditations and related subjects.

Vocal Music of Mongolia
Article provides an explanation of various song forms and Mongolian Khoomii Singing links.

Electric Sound Advice: Achieving a Good Sound from a PA System

Basic information for beginners on balancing the sound for live performance. This does not cover all the technical factors of doing sound which can be found in some of the many articles that are provided in the Electric Blues Club Sound Engineering Articles.

Many live music venues are fitted with in-house P.A. systems which are operated by a dedicated engineer, discussing your requirements with them prior to the sound check is advisable. If you are using your own system without the benefit of an engineer or friend who can oversee the sound for you it is important to set and monitor the sound throughout your performance.

There are several short courses in sound engineering available throughout the UK, if you can afford the fee it’s worth the money to learn and if not, ask a hire company or local in-house engineer if they will give you some basic training in return for you carrying equipment and running errands (that means getting the beers in!).

Presuming you have set up the P.A. system and taken the time to learn about your systems capabilities, the next step is learning how to mix the sound.

A solo performer will find it easier to achieve a balanced sound mix than a band. Once the solo mix is set up it can usually be left alone with only occassional adjustments of volume or E.Q. to allow the performer to cut through audience and bar noise as the venue fills up. Bands have a harder job as each instrument and voice has to be mixed so that they can be heard without losing clarity.

It is rarely necessary to mic up the drum kit for small or medium sized venues and certainly should not be attempted by a beginner, the drums natural pitch and volume are capable of cutting through all other sounds and should not be miked up without an expert who is capable of positioning the mics effectively and balancing the mix.

Drummers who sing will require a ‘boom mic stand’ angled in a way that does not hinder playing but is easy for them to sing into. Place the stand to one side of the kit and angle the mid section of the stand downwards until the microphone is level with the drummers chin, then angle the microphone so that it picks up the vocals clearly. (Use a directional mic or if possible a headset radio mic – allows more freedom of movement and picks up less spillover from the drums).

The majority of bands will only need to use their P.A. system to control the vocals. Bass, Rhythm, Lead Guitars and Keyboards can use their own amplification. All players should raise their amps so that they can also act as monitors for the band. Each will find it easier to hear themselves without resorting to constantly ‘turning up’ the volume and ruining the balance.

The quickest and most efficient way of doing a sound check without the aid of an engineer, roadie or mate, is to nominate the member of the group who has the best ‘ear’ for a good overall sound, to listen to the rest of the band and advise them of required adjustments. So long as this isn’t the drummer or keyboard player who need to be static! The singer or one of the guitarists should have a longer lead than normally required (or use a radio mic). This will allow the designated ‘sound guy/gal’ to monitor the band from the audiences perspective. All volume levels should be balanced, no instrument should overpower the rest (leave that for when your playing a solo or lead break!). The aim is to achieve a nicely seperated sound where all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Although this is likely to change several times during the course of the set, it helps if you start with a good overall sound and try and maintain the balance of dynamics throughout, i.e., solo instruments should turn the volume back to its original position after a lead break!

A ‘muddy’ or ‘bassy’ sound can be eliminated by turning the bass control down and adjusting the mid and treble so that they cut through the bar and audience noise. The opposite applies if the sound is too ‘tinny’ or high pitched, i.e., treble control down, adjust mid range, bring up the bass control. Wether your tweaking the EQ or Gain always make a tiny adjustment then listen to the overall effect before making another adjustment. Once you have the correct settings for an instrument, use a piece of chalk to mark it’s place beside the dial/slider. This process will become easier (and quicker) as you gain experience.

Where the band members and their amplifiers are placed also makes a difference to the overall sound. One of the most common line ups is for the bass guitar to be at one side of the drum kit with the guitarist placed on the opposite side. The singer would stand in front and/or slightly to one side of the drums. The line up would need to be adjusted for each extra instrument but if possible aim for a U shape with the backline angled slightly inwards to allow the band members to hear each other. The average venue may not have the facilities for you to spread out or situate yourselves in a manner that allows for optimum sound clarity. This is a bugbear you’ll just have to put up with, but at least a decent soundcheck gives you the opportunity to get the levels sounding halfway decent.

Placing all the instruments through a mixing desk does allow greater control over the sound, but is difficult to achieve without some training or a dedicated sound engineer. Employing a ‘Roadie/Sound Engineer’ will save you tons of hassle, although it is important that each band member is capable of operating the p.a. in the case of illness, holidays, emergencies etc,.