It’s that time of year again! We are all so excited for this weekend’s solo auditions, as we are every year. People who have never experienced a KU solo audition weekend would probably shudder at the thought of listening to a big group of kids sing the same solos over and over all weekend. That is simply not the case for us. There’s just something about our solo auditions and our performers that make it a fun and inspiring event that people look forward to from day one.
On Friday evening you can feel the excitement in the air as he kids show up looking their best, ready to try out for songs they’ve been practicing for the past four weeks. New participants and their parents never know what to expect, but are pleasantly surprised when they show up and can feel just how supportive all of the kids, judges, and other parents are through the entire weekend.
Why is the task of merely choosing performers to sing solos in our show so awe-inspiring? In line with our mission of developing dignity, character, and a sense of belonging, our auditions event provides a safe and supportive environment that gives kids the opportunity that they may never encounter again in their lifetime –– to perform by themselves without the fear of being mocked or made fun of even if they mess up or don’t do as well as they’d liked. All of the returning performers and judges know exactly how it feels to be so vulnerable in front a large group of their peers and are genuinely supportive and thankful for each student that auditions.
On top of that, there is something to be said about the passion and drive that KU kids have when auditioning that makes the audition fun, and even heart warming. In past years, there have been students as young as 9 or 10 years old who have literally brought the house to tears with their passionate performances. Even if they don’t get the solo, each and every participant should feel a sense of accomplishment an have an experience that they can apply to their life in the future.
All in all, there’s just something about solo auditions: It’s a weekend full of surprises and growth. It’s a weekend full of encouragement and support. It’s a weekend full of fun and entertainment; choosing the soloists who will later perform for hundreds and hundreds of people during our showcases is simply the cherry on top.