SDSU coed a cappella group to hold auditions tomorrow

by Amanda Guerrero

Paige Nelson, Photo Editor

San Diego State students can get in tune with their musical side tomorrow evening by auditioning for Sunset Clefs, the oldest coed a cappella group on campus.

The group, founded in 2003, performs versions of popular tunes a cappella, meaning the songs are arranged without instrumental accompaniment.

Sunset Clefs President Lauren Manuel, who joined the group as a freshman three years ago, said singing a cappella is very different from sing- ing along with instruments or as part of a choir.

Manuel said the a cappella setting is a chance to learn various vocal techniques and focus specifically on which songs and genres best suit each person’s unique voice.

“It’s a whole different type of mu- sical experience,” Manuel said. “You can learn how beautiful your voice re-

ally is.”

She said the group is hoping to

add approximately eight new mem- bers who can sing solos as well as in a group.

Those auditioning will perform the national anthem, as well as a portion of any song of their choice, preferably focusing on one verse and the chorus. Additionally, singers will be tested on their vocal ranges and their abilities to remember pitches and sight-read music.

Members must be available for group rehearsals from 8-10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. Prior group experience isn’t necessary to try out.

“If you’ve never performed with a group, I feel like this would be a good place to start,” Manuel said.

Auditions, which will be held from 8-10 p.m. tomorrow in the Music Building, are open to all students. Those who are interested must email Manuel tonight at lauren.manuel92@