Who is Floodstage? (audition info below)

  • Floodstage is a contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble that focuses on modern a cappella music and barbershop harmony.
  • This ensemble typically has only 6-12 singers.
  • Being a member of Floodstage is a two-semester commitment (fall and spring). The only exceptions are those who graduate in December and those who are student teaching in the spring.
  • Singers from all majors are eligible and encouraged to audition.
  • Floodstage is an ensemble made up of self-motivated singers. We work hard to learn our music on our own in order to use actual class time for higher-level music making.
  • This ensemble meets MWF from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. One of these rehearsal periods each week are run by the students without the instructor.
  • Singers in Floodstage are also required to be in another choral ensemble (Concert Choir or Treble Choir).

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Audition Procedure (Fall 2023)

To audition for Floodstage, you must complete the following tasks in the exact order outlined below.

Note: All singers, even past members, must audition.

Step 1

Audition Dates: Floodstage auditions are the first two days of classes: Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th.

(Audition time sign up link available August 1st, 2023)

Note: If you are auditioning for both Floodstage and Concert Choir, you must sign up for two back to back audition times.

Step 2

After you have registered for an audition slot above, download the audition music below. Select a voice part (not the solo line) and prepare it for your audition.

(Link available August 1st, 2023)

Note: Auditioning on your selected voice part does not mean you will be cast on that voice part. If accepted into the ensemble, you will be placed where we need you.

Step 3

Fill out the audition information form by clicking the link below. You must do so before your audition time. If you are auditioning for Concert Choir as well, you only need to fill out this form one time.

(Link available August 1st, 2023)

Step 4

Show up to your audition time at Hermann 209.
Auditions will run as follows:

  • Range test (to determine voice part)
  • Sing your chosen part a cappella (to test your preparation)
  • Sing your part again while Dr. Dougherty sings another (to test your ability to hold your part and harmonize)
  • You will be taught a short tag and asked to sing it back while Dr. Dougherty sings another part (to test quickness in learning parts)
  • The Floodstage vocal percussionist must be a singer as well. If you're interested in a vocal percussion role, please come ready with the singing audition in addition to being prepared to demonstrate your vocal percussion abilities..

Step 5

Wait for an email announcement with the audition results. This email will be sent out by Sunday night, August 27th.

Step 6

If you are cast in the ensemble, register for Music 364. All singers must register for the class.


  • If you need to change your audition time and are unable to do so manually, simply sign up for another time slot and then email Dr. Dougherty to tell him which one to remove.
  • Any questions should be directed to Dr. Dougherty, Director of Choral Activities: jay.dougherty@marietta.edu
  • Floodstage is a dual-enrollment ensemble. If you are accepted into Floodstage, you will also need to register for a choral ensemble (either Concert Choir or Treble Choir).