Who Floodstage Is (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 6-9 members (max 12). We may occasionally cast fewer or more depending on various circumstances. Being a member of this ensemble is a year-round commitment (not a one-semester deal).
  • Singers from all majors are eligible to audition for Floodstage.
  • 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 Mondays from 5:00-5:50 p.m. and Fridays from 4:00-4:50 p.m. The ensemble will also conduct one weekly rehearsal on their own (without the director), time to be decided by the members.
  • Singers in Floodstage are also required to be in another choral ensemble (Concert Choir or Women's Choir).

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Audition Procedure (Fall 2021)

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

Note: All singers, even past members, must audition.
Note: If accepted into the ensemble, you are expected to make a one-year commitment to the group (both fall and spring semesters).

Step 1

Audition Dates: Fall 2021 Floodstage auditions will take place on Monday, August 23rd and Tuesday, August 24th (these are the first two days of classes).


Note: If you are auditioning for both Floodstage and Concert Choir, you must sign up for two audition times, preferably back to back.
If none of the audition times provided work with your class schedule, simply email Dr. Jay Dougherty (jay.dougherty@marietta.edu) and request a different audition time.

Step 2

After you have registered for an audition slot above, download the audition music below.


Note: The learning tracks and sheet music are listed as "tenor, lead, baritone, and bass." In Floodstage, typically, the "tenor" is sung by a soprano voice, the "lead" is sung by an alto voice, and the "baritone" is sung by either a low contralto voice or a male tenor voice. The "bass" part is sung by male bass. Also note that the sheet music is written with the treble clef that has a little "8" under it. This means that the notes are actually an octave down from where they are pictured (so it is not as high as it looks!). The learning tracks are on the correct pitch.

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


(Note: Only fill out this form once, even if you're auditioning for Concert Choir as well).

Step 4

Show up to your audition time at Hermann 208.
Auditions will run as follows:

  • Range test (to determine voice part)
  • You will sing your chosen part a cappella (to test your preparation)
  • You will 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)
  • You may be vocally coached throughout your audition to test your ability to produce the desired tone for this ensemble
  • The vocal percussionist sings as well so if you're interested in a vocal percussion spot, please also prepare the vocal parts as outlined above

Step 5

Wait for an email announcement with the audition results. If you do not make the ensemble, do not take offense. Support your friends that did and plan on re-auditioning next year. This email will be sent out by Tuesday night, August 24th.

Step 6

If you are cast in the ensemble, register for Music 364. All singers must register for the class. If you are unable to for some reason, please speak privately with Dr. Dougherty about your situation.

Note that students are eligible for a free 19th credit if you're in an ensemble so you are expected to register for this class if cast in the ensemble.


  • 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, at jay.dougherty@marietta.edu.
  • Floodstage is a dual-enrollment ensemble. If you are cast in Floodstage, you will also need to register for a choral ensemble (usually either Concert Choir or Women's Choir). Please contact Dr. Dougherty with any questions about this policy.