Durham's Best - Song Choice Tips

We’re so thrilled you’re auditioning for this year’s Durham’s Best Program and want your experience to be the best it can be. We’re here to support you as an artist and help you take your performance skills to the next level.

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Of course you can audition with any song you like. All styles and genres are welcome.

Just in case you’re looking for a few more tips to help you with your song choice decision, we’ve put together this list…


  • Choose a song you enjoy and will want to work on for many months leading up to the finale. If you become a finalist, the song you audition with will be the same song you continue to work on at the workshops. It will also be the song you perform at the finale.


  • Choose a song that is in your vocal range, you enjoy singing and that will be fun to perform on stage. Our program is not a formal singing competition, and you will not get extra marks for choosing a challenging song. Our goal is to help singers improve their performance skills and comfort level on stage.


  • Maybe consider a song that works well with a full band arrangement. Finalists perform their song with a professional band at the finale. The band consists of piano/synth, guitar, bass and drums. The band can play all genres and styles. Eg. pop, rock, country, classical, etc.


  • Maybe choose a song from a few years ago, or even form past decades. We look for variety.


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