While my thoughts are in audition mode, let me speak about the 16 bar audition. Often, someone preparing 16 bars feels they can’t show enough in that time. Meanwhile, those of us listening to you have a pretty good idea of what you can do after 4 bars. Remember the impact that Susan Boyle had in Britain’s Got Talent? No one expected anything of this woman when she came out on stage. The audience was applauding wildly after 2 measures.
After four measures we know:
1) Is your voice pleasant?
2) Do you sing in tune?
3) Is your vibrato steady?
4) Are you connected to the words of your song?
5) Do you have a musical line when you sing?
I’m sure we know more. These are the first words that come to mind. Comments and additions are welcome! Others of you have listened to more auditions than I. Add, please.