audition & callback faq


What are auditions like?

Auditions are a simple, painless way for groups to get to know your voice! First round auditions usually only take a maximum of 10 minutes, so don’t be too nervous and be yourself!

How should I get ready for an audition?

The format for every group’s first round audition is slightly different, but for all of them, be ready to SING! Most groups would like you to prepare a song that showcases your voice, usually something contemporary, but whatever fits you and demonstrates who you are and what you can contribute to the group. And that’s it. Each group will take you through the rest of the audition, so need to worry about practicing anything else.

Should I audition for more than one group?

Yes! All of us in the a cappella community encourage you to explore to find one that really works for you!

How will I be notified by groups if I made it to the next round?

Most groups post a list of people who have made it to their second round auditions, also known as callbacks, online using email or some social media platform such as Facebook. Each group does it a bit differently, and they will tell you some time during your first round audition!


How do Callbacks for ACAC groups work?

Callbacks, the final round of auditions, will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the first full week of classes. Most groups select one of those three days to hold callbacks. If you receive a callback from more than one group, you will notified by ACAC leadership with a schedule of how you will be spending time at each group’s callback. You are encouraged to attend as much of the days’ activities as you can to get a good feel for each group!

After all callbacks are over on Saturday, remember to stay in your room from 9pm until 11pm or until you have heard back from all the groups you auditioned for. In order to accommodate the volume of auditionees, also be aware that groups may start notifying people by telephone at 8:00pm.

I got into more than one group, what do I do?

First, congratulations! Secondly, on the night of sing-ins, each group has their own way of celebrating your acceptance. Again, celebrating with all groups will help give you an accurate picture of the traditions and personalities within Cornell’s a cappella community and what is right for you.

If you are offered membership into more than one group, you have until midnight on the following Sunday to decide between them. At that time, please send one collective email to the representatives from each group and the ACAC President with your official decision. If you need more time to make a decision, please let the ACAC president know before that time on Sunday!

Any other questions, comments, or concerns?

Please email ACAC President: Brady Kellum (