TAG Audition Material Now Available!

Be a part of the 20th edition of The A Cappella Group!!  The audition materials are now available here on this site.  The first step is to look at the audition dates in the CALENDAR Section and read all of the audition requirement information carefully.  Step two is to go to the DOCUMENTS section and check out the music.  Pick the part that fits your voice best.  I would suggest trying out several of the parts and seeing which one feels best in your voice.  The audio learning tracks are found in the MUSIC - TAG LEARNING TRACKS section.  Learning the parts are the most important component of the audition.  Step 3 is to practice from now until the auditions.  Step 4 is to block Saturday, August 20th and Monday nights in the fall on your calendar as these are the mandatory TAG retreat and TAG rehearsals in the fall.  Please contact Mr. Stroh with any questions about the audition.  If you are at all confused about any part of the audition, contact Mr. Stroh immediately.

Upcoming Events

Aug11

TAG Auditions

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Choir Room, 6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33919

The auditions for the 2022-2023 edition of The A Cappella Group will be held in the choir room. Any student that wishes to be a member must audition. YOU MUST TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GROUP. Audition Requirements:

  1. Sing an unaccompanied solo that is 1 minute or less. This should be a contemporary song and not classical or musical theatre in nature. The song should show off your voice in both style and range. If you are a high soprano, don't sing a song that is really low. You must also PERFORM the solo. Don't just sing it. You need to demonstrate a connection to the lyrics and really be expressive in your performance.

  2. Perform your part with other singers. You must learn two pieces of music that will be available on this site by July 1. Choose a part and learn the music. If you are a soprano, most songs have two soprano parts and you can choose which one that you want to learn. If you are an alto, there are usually two alto parts and the tenor 1 part is also sung by altos. If you are a very low alto, you should go for the tenor 1 part. Students with low voices have either tenor 2, baritone or bass to choose from. You will record each song in a practice room with just you singing while the mixdown plays in the background. This is the most important part of the audition. Part singing is the main thing that you will do in the group and you must be able to be independent and hold your part. Devote most of your time to this part of the audition. Students have been selected to be members of the group with an average solo and great part singing. No student has ever been selected that had an amazing solo, but couldn't hold a harmony part. The learning tracks for the audition pieces are in the TAG Learning Tracks section of the MUSIC page and the sheet music is available in the DOCUMENTS page. All parts of the audition will be recorded.

If you have any questions about the audition or the audition music, please contact Mr. Stroh using the contact info in the CONTACTS section. Please contact Mr. Stroh early with any questions that you might have. Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare for your audition. This is a nationally known group and you must take the audition seriously.

Aug12

TAG Auditions

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Choir Room, 6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33919

The auditions for the 2022-2023 edition of The A Cappella Group will be held in the choir room. Any student that wishes to be a member must audition. YOU MUST TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GROUP. Audition Requirements:

  1. Sing an unaccompanied solo that is 1 minute or less. This should be a contemporary song and not classical or musical theatre in nature. The song should show off your voice in both style and range. If you are a high soprano, don't sing a song that is really low. You must also PERFORM the solo. Don't just sing it. You need to demonstrate a connection to the lyrics and really be expressive in your performance.

  2. Perform your part with other singers. You must learn two pieces of music that will be available on this site by July 1. Choose a part and learn the music. If you are a soprano, most songs have two soprano parts and you can choose which one that you want to learn. If you are an alto, there are usually two alto parts and the tenor 1 part is also sung by altos. If you are a very low alto, you should go for the tenor 1 part. Students with low voices have either tenor 2, baritone or bass to choose from. You will record each song in a practice room with just you singing while the mixdown plays in the background. This is the most important part of the audition. Part singing is the main thing that you will do in the group and you must be able to be independent and hold your part. Devote most of your time to this part of the audition. Students have been selected to be members of the group with an average solo and great part singing. No student has ever been selected that had an amazing solo, but couldn't hold a harmony part. The learning tracks for the audition pieces are in the TAG Learning Tracks section of the MUSIC page and the sheet music is available in the DOCUMENTS page. All parts of the audition will be recorded.

If you have any questions about the audition or the audition music, please contact Mr. Stroh using the contact info in the CONTACTS section. Please contact Mr. Stroh early with any questions that you might have. Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare for your audition. This is a nationally known group and you must take the audition seriously.

Aug15

Big Fish & World Goes 'Round Audiitions

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Black Box Theatre, 6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33919

All students wishing to be cast in Big Fish or World Goes 'Round must audition during one of the three audition days. Sign up for an audition slot by completing the Musical Audition Google Form. This form will be posted in all Center Google Classrooms and Class Classrooms. There is a limit of 25 auditions per day.

Audition Requirements

You must perform a song from a musical. The song should be no longer than one minute. You will be asked to stop if you go over time. You must provide your own accompaniment or bring marked sheet music for Mr. Stroh to accompany you. Your background track may be any device with a headphone jack. If you use a track, it must not have any singers on it. Your performance of the song should not only show off your voice, but should demonstrate your ability to make the song come alive and be expressive. Choose a section of the song that works best for your voice, don't just start at the beginning of the song. There are almost new musical theatre songs in which the best part of the song starts at the beginning.

If you would like to be considered for a principal role, you must perform a monologue. If you are just pursuing an ensemble role, you do not have to perform a monologue. The monologue should be 30 seconds to a minute long. It may come from a musical, play, television show or movie. The monologue must be memorized and should be something that you can portray well. Please avoid monologues that require accents or affected speaking. Make sure your monologue does not contain any questionable material and absolutely no cursing as well.

You must participate in a dance call. You will be taught a dance combination and given 30-40 minutes to practice it. You will then perform the dance combination two times in groups of three. Any student that is not going for a principle role may omit the monologue from your audition. Any dance major that is a very strong dancer but is not comfortable with your singing voice can opt to sing Happy Birthday for the audition. Students that sing Happy Birthday will not be considered for principal roles. Vocal majors are not permitted to sing Happy Birthday.

Aug16

Big Fish & World Goes 'Round Audiitions

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Black Box Theatre, 6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33919

All students wishing to be cast in Big Fish or World Goes 'Round must audition during one of the three audition days. Sign up for an audition slot by completing the Musical Audition Google Form. This form will be posted in all Center Google Classrooms and Class Classrooms. There is a limit of 25 auditions per day.

Audition Requirements

You must perform a song from a musical. The song should be no longer than one minute. You will be asked to stop if you go over time. You must provide your own accompaniment or bring marked sheet music for Mr. Stroh to accompany you. Your background track may be any device with a headphone jack. If you use a track, it must not have any singers on it. Your performance of the song should not only show off your voice, but should demonstrate your ability to make the song come alive and be expressive. Choose a section of the song that works best for your voice, don't just start at the beginning of the song. There are almost new musical theatre songs in which the best part of the song starts at the beginning.

If you would like to be considered for a principal role, you must perform a monologue. If you are just pursuing an ensemble role, you do not have to perform a monologue. The monologue should be 30 seconds to a minute long. It may come from a musical, play, television show or movie. The monologue must be memorized and should be something that you can portray well. Please avoid monologues that require accents or affected speaking. Make sure your monologue does not contain any questionable material and absolutely no cursing as well.

You must participate in a dance call. You will be taught a dance combination and given 30-40 minutes to practice it. You will then perform the dance combination two times in groups of three. Any student that is not going for a principle role may omit the monologue from your audition. Any dance major that is a very strong dancer but is not comfortable with your singing voice can opt to sing Happy Birthday for the audition. Students that sing Happy Birthday will not be considered for principal roles. Vocal majors are not permitted to sing Happy Birthday.

Welcome to the Cypress Lake Center for the Arts Vocal Department.  Cypress Lake Center for the Arts is a public high school located in Lee County Florida.  The Center for the Arts is by audition only and comprises about a quarter of the student population at Cypress Lake High School.  The Vocal Department is one of seven departments at the Center for the Arts and is home to Cypress Chorale, Intermezzo Women's Choir and The A Cappella Group.  Auditions are held each year in February and August.  For more information, please contact Mr. Stroh.

Coming to Terms

The A Cappella Group

Coming to Terms with our new reality is not something we want to have to face, but something that has been brought upon us all. The young couple on the cover of our album Bright had to grow up and face a brand new world. It has been tough for all of us, but we are still dedicated to making music. This album may not feature the “pie in the sky”
Coming to Terms with our new reality is not something we want to have to face, but something that has been brought upon us all. The young couple on the cover of our album Bright had to grow up and face a brand new world. It has been tough for all of us, but we are still dedicated to making music. This album may not feature the “pie in the sky” songs that we have sung in the past, but instead songs that deal with our struggles, heartbreak, and hope. We are still using our standard rubric of picking songs that we like, but this album seems to have a sadder or darker tone. This album is TAG’s chance to share our voice, since we were allowed only one live performance this school year. Not being able to share our love of music was probably the most trying part of the pandemic.

We once again are excited to share new original music with you. Sword of Damocles, Simple Math, and Under our Bridge are written by members of the group with the lead vocals performed by their writers. This tradition of originals in something we are very proud of and we can't wait till you hear these three amazing original songs.
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