Hi! Thanks for helping me out with this massive project.
I've kept busy this summer preparing a nine song program for the American Traditions Vocal Competition. For the competition I have to prepare three sets of three songs each, all different genres, and all by American composers. I've been on a female songwriter kick for a while, so I also focused my search on songs with a female composer and/or lyricist.
Each round is scored separately and non-cumulatively, so I need three sets that are equally strong and varied. Round 1 will be submitted as audio files along with the application, and if chosen, will be the first live round of the competition in February. I put the most difficult piano song there, so that if I am selected and someone has to play it live they will have plenty of time to prepare. Rounds 1 and 2 will have only piano accompaniment, but Round 3 can use bass and drums, so I took that into consideration as well.
Performers are scored on three criteria - Technique, Diversity of Program, and Artistry. After much research and experimentation I have a nine song program that I think works well, but I wanted to get some outside input - that's where you come in! I have recorded SCRATCH tracks for each song - these are NOT final arrangements, nor are the vocals performance ready. I just wanted to get the songs into my voice to see how they flow together in their respective sets and get some feedback on the songs in general (although input on arrangements are also welcome and will be taken into consideration when the time comes). Things to consider: 1. How well the songs flow in their three-song sets (there will be some speaking in the sets as well, so the songs won't necessarily go one into the other recital-style), and 2. Do the songs within each set show off a good range of vocal qualities and set a high enough bar for technique? and 3. Are the three sets equally strong? If not, what is missing? Is it a matter of playing with the arrangement or delivery, or switching out the song altogether? All suggestions are welcome. Again, these are NOT arranged or performance ready tracks, just quick one-take demo examples.