PACA's Audition Workshop



November 2, 2019

1:00-5:00 PM

Lakeside High School Performing Arts Building

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Audition Workshop II - Focus on In-Person Auditions

You are amazing. Show your skills to your best advantage.

Have you ever wondered what your audition panel is really thinking? 

Gain useful insight from seasoned coaches and vocal professionals and hone a winning audition at PACA's College Audition Workshop.  

What small improvements will place your performance at the top? 

This immersive experience  is primarily designed for high school students who are preparing college auditions for degrees in Musical Theatre or Vocal Performance, BUT is ideal for anyone prepping for auditions or competitions. 

Our panel of clinicians consists of industry leaders and college professors with experience and varied backgrounds who are thrilled to advocate for your success.  . 

In this workshop, students focus on various aspects of the audition process. They will meet as a group to discuss general ideas, and then meet in small groups with specialists. Classical singers will discuss technique, language/diction, and stage presence. Musical Theatre singers will meet with choreographers, a monologue specialist, and a professor of voice. All students will also address accompanist etiquette, slates, nerves, and receive advice on how to present their best audition package. 

This workshop is a fundraiser, and as always, all proceeds go directly towards providing scholarships for singers in need. 

crush your audition

Prepare to Perform Your Face Off


What To Expect

All auditionees should bring everything they already have for their auditions. As this workshop is early in the process, we know all students may not have all things. This is your opportunity to gather information and start preparing your best audition package. This workshop is for YOU, so bring what you need to work on. 

What To Bring

This workshop is for YOU, so please bring  what you think will help you the most. Here are our suggestions:

  • Two one-minute cuts of contrasting Musical Theatre songs
  • A monologue. The monologue should not exceed one minute.
  • Be prepared for the Choreo Experience and bring proper shoes!


  • Two or three contrasting pieces, at least one in Italian. 


  • A copy of your most recent resume (We will help you with this! We just want to see what you've already got.)
  • A headshot if you have it.

What To Wear

Wear what you will wear for your audition! 

Some thoughts:

If you are wearing a dress or skirt: 

Your face and your hands are what are expressive, but the eye naturally goes towards skin. If you wear a knee-length dress with knee-high boots, your knees start glowing and we're looking there. Only show skin where you want us to look. Be careful with skirt length, too. Auditioners get nervous when your skirt is too short, especially if there is a lot of movement or if your are auditioning on an elevated surface. When in doubt, aim for knee-length or longer. 

If you are wearing pants and a blouse or a jumpsuit:

Just be sure they go with the characters you're presenting. This is SUCH a classy, modern look happening in classical singing right now. Be sure that your clothing fits you VERY WELL so you look sleek and polished. 

If you are wearing a suit or sports coat/slacks: 

Please make sure you're tidy and ironed. Check to be sure clothing fits you as well as it can. MT students can play with this look a bit - rolling up your sleeves, wearing super-stylish silouettes; classical singers should keep it timeless and simple. 

MT students should also bring dance-audition attire. 


Lakeside High School

3801 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

November 2 from 1:00-5:00

Basic registration is $100

If you would like to do two auditions (one musical theatre, one classical), please register for two auditions spots. 

Your total cost will be $175

The Choreo Experience is an extra $35. 

If the cost of these workshops is prohibitive for you, please contact Erin Shepherd Murray at 404-281-6633 or

Other Tidbits

  • Practice introducing yourself and your pieces. This is called slating and is an important part of every audition. 
  • Double check to be sure your music is CLEARLY MARKED. This includes all cuts, dynamic markings, breaths, etc.
  • If you are using original music, make sure the book stays open easily and pages are easy to turn. 
  • If you are using a three-ring binder do NOT use plastic page holders. They cause a glare which makes it difficult for the pianist to read. All sheet music should be double-sided, NOT TAPED TOGETHER but actually double-sided copies. Make sure that ALL music is present and legible. This means all corners and all accompaniment. 


Lindsay Giedl, dance

Lindsay Giedl is a Georgia based choreographer and dancer who was a founding member of CADE:NCE - Contemporary African Dance Ensemble: New Conscious Explorations under the direction of Tamara Thomas. While dancing with CADE:NCE, Lindsay travelled and performed in Kingston, Jamaica at the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, ACDA in Durham NC, and at DANCE Africa in Brooklyn NY. Lindsay also danced with The Modern Pin Ups Dance Company, a jazz and movement company based out of Athens, Georgia and resided as the Company Director for the Apprentice Company for the 2017 – 2018 season. In 2017, Lindsay created the professional company Linds&co., as a branch off of her undergraduate thesis project – creating works with post-modern social political contemporary and improvisational movement. Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Georgia in 2018. In 2015, she co-created Counterpoint Dance Company at The University of Georgia where she served as Artistic Director, choreographing and assisting students to sharpen their dance skills as well as provided various performance experiences for students throughout the community. 

Lindsay can be seen as a feature dancer in the Indie Film “The Last of Robin Hood” as well as a background dancer in Honey 4. Lindsay recently danced in Corey Smith’s new music video “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood” which premiered earlier this year. In her free time she also serves as a competition Judge for Rising Star Talent and Thunderstruck Dance Competition. Lindsay began working for The Joffrey Ballet School as an Intern for the Joffrey South Summer Program in 2016 and was later promoted to Program Coordinator and put on Faculty for Joffrey South, Joffrey Colorado Springs, and Joffrey Heartland Kansas under the direction of Colleen Barnes.


Frances Mulinix, acting + presence

With a career spanning Canada, Australia, and the United States, Frances is a butoh dancer, performance artist, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, and teacher. Through her business Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, Frances works with actors and non-actors to overcome personal barriers to achievement, and develop skills in presence, voice, movement, and performance. 

Frances holds a BFA in Physical Theatre Performance through Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, with a focus on writing, dramaturgy, directing, and multidisciplinary performance, and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, specialising in mental health, chronic pain, and neuro. Frances was an intern with Zo Zen Zo Theatre Company in Queensland, training immersively in Suzuki Actor Training, butoh, and The Viewpoints. Frances is an accredited Fitzmaurice Voicework® Teacher, holds an Associate Performer Diploma (ATCL) with Trinity College, London, UK, and is a certified Speech Arts Teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Toronto, Canada. Trained in Reiki, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), she is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer's Association (VASTA).

In addition to regular performances for Brisbane audiences, Frances formed United We Dance to choreograph dances throughout Brisbane CBD to bring the community together in support of marriage equality. United was then invited to perform at Brisbane’s mental health day. She co-designed a performance and modified circus pilot program for children with cerebral palsy through the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. She has emceed and programmed several events such as Alchemy, a monthly showcase of spoken word poetry, dance, circus, burlesque, and music for Brisbane Square Library; Bang on a Boa an annual fundraiser for the acquired rain injury organisation Synapse; Lost Movements, a bi-monthly “happening”  of street art, music, burlesque, body art, and dance; and celebration of The Female Form, an annual art showcase organised by the painter Vanessa Swift. 

When she isn’t teaching or building her own creative practice, Frances trains and competes as a triathlete.


Valerie Pool, collaborative pianist

Valerie Pool, pianist, begins her second season as resident coach with The Atlanta Opera in September 2017. She has also been a member of music staff with Cincinnati Opera since 2014, where her main projects this past summer were to serve as rehearsal pianist and coach for Song from the Uproar (Mazzoli), Frida (Rodriguez) and the Washington Park Concert, as well as coordinating supertitles. Prior residencies include Tulsa Opera (2014-2016) where her assignments included Samson et Dalila, A Streetcar Named Desire, La Bohème, Of Mice and Men, and a studio performance of Florencia en el Amazonas, among others. Additionally, she has worked as pianist, coach, and répétiteur with Opera Saratoga (New York), Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artist Program, and Capitol City Opera (Atlanta). She was the Studio Pianist for the Wagner Society of Cincinnati (2012-2014), with performances including a musical analysis of Parsifal, the Wesendonck Lieder, and a collaboration with Cincinnati Opera of Die Walküre.

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Valerie completed her Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also holds a master’s degree in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Kennesaw State University. Valerie has participated in the collaborative piano and opera programs at SongFest at Pepperdine (California), the International Performing Arts Institute (Germany), Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Asolo Song Festival (Italy), the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz (Austria), and Brevard Music Center.


Michael Hadary, voice


Michael Hadary, MFA, has recently joined the voice faculty of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Previously, he held teaching positions in the Theatre Department of Valdosta State University as well as the Music Department of Lebanon Valley College where he created a Musical Theatre Minor in 2017. Along with teaching private voice, Michael has also taught courses in Group Voice, Song Interpretation, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Musical Theatre History. He has also Vocal Directed and/or Directed musical productions including Mary Poppins, Evita, The Wiz, The Spitfire Grill and several Cabarets and Showcases. He has held private voice studios in New York City, Chicago and Orlando while working with performers from Broadway/National Touring productions including: Les Miserables, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Finian's Rainbow, The King and I, Sister Act, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Chicago, The Producers, Jersey Boys, and Cats.

A member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Michael has performed in New York City in the Off-Broadway production of Sky Boys, as well as productions of 110 in the Shade, The Golden Apple, Miss Saigon and several festival shows. He has also sung with Grammy Nominee, Chandrika Tandon and Broadway Star, Linda Eder. Regionally, Michael has played leading roles in Company, Oklahoma, Songs for a New World, 42nd Street, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Into the Woods among others. In the summer of 2018 he workshopped his self-written, autobiographical one-man show, The Hadary Safari: Adventures with Pets and People which he plans to present in the near future.

With a focus on musical theatre vocal pedagogy, Michael earned a MFA in Theatre at Penn State studying with Mary Saunders-Barton, Norman Spivey, Raymond Sage and Andrew Belser. He also earned a MM from New York University’s Steinhardt School studying with Brian Gill, Bill Wesbrooks and Michael Ricciardone. At James Madison University he studied Classical Voice with Sonya Baker and Music Theatre with John Bell where he earned his BM.


Lyndsey Cole, acting + bodywork

Lyndsey is a professional actor, singer and dancer who has performed in venues across North America and worked with Tony Award winning directors and choreographers. She originated Francine in the Broadway-In-Chicago production of Jersey Boys, as well as performing the role at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. She was also seen with the cast of Jersey Boys on the Primetime Emmy Awards’s Tribute to The Sopranos. Additionally, she toured the continent in the Broadway North American Tour of Mamma Mia!, regularly performing in the ensemble. As an understudy for this production, she occasionally performed as Lisa and also in the leading role of Sophie (this includes performing as Sophie at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta).

Additional regional theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Lost Colony, Sylvia, All’s Fair In Love and War as well as work in theme park shows, benefit concerts and workshops. 

Prior to her professional performance career, Lyndsey studied at James Madison University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre performance. She also has 15 years of dance training as well as additional experience in various somatic studies (the Feldenkrais Method, Shin Somatics, Laban Theory/Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement and Nutritious Movement/Restorative Exercise) and mindfulness work.

In her spare time, Lyndsey utilizes her experience and training as a freelance acting teacher/coach and assistant director. Assistant directing credits include The Spitfire Grill, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit, The Hadary Safari, and several cabarets and showcases. She is also a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.