We currently are not taking new members, but we often host auditions for winter semester. So check back here in January for more information!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions that aren’t answered below, please contact us.


GradTONES provides an amazing community outside of your graduate program. It also forces you to have a work-life balance (something grad students are notoriously terrible at) because you've made a commitment to leave your lab and sing with some really great people two nights per week. If making music is important to you, TONES is the perfect outlet. Plus, look how cute we are!

Who can audition?

The GradTONES is open to masters, fellowship, and Ph.D. students from across Rackham Graduate School!  We have group members in Public Health, Social Work, Medicinal Chemistry, Psychology, Computer Engineering, and more.  If you're not sure if you are eligible to audition, shoot us an email!

What is the audition like?

Each audition takes about 10 minutes. We recommend that you arrive 5-10 minutes early so you can fill out a quick form. Here is what you can expect:

    1. Vocal warm ups, so we can get a sense of the range and sound of your voice.
    2. A memory exercise, where we play a few notes on a keyboard and then you sing them back to us.

3. Your solo! You'll sing about 30-60 seconds of a song for us (about a verse and a chorus) that you think best shows off your voice. It could be your favorite song on the radio, an oldie, Hail to the Victors, or the ABCs...whatever you feel confident singing.

4. If you've indicated that you're a beat boxer, we'll ask you to show us your stuff! We're always looking for more vocal percussionists.

What's the time commitment?

We rehearse 4 hours a week, typically from 7-9 pm two nights per week. You can probably expect a couple extra rehearsals leading up to our concerts at the end of each semester, but they usually include mimosas.

Is that feasible with a grad student schedule?

We know, you should be writing.  Same here.  Of course, conflicts sometimes come up - conferences, deadlines - but group members will tell you that 4 hours a week is completely doable, and a really wonderful excuse to take a break and distract yourself with music.

I've never done a cappella before. Is that okay?

Yes! That's absolutely fine. If you love singing, we'd love to hear you audition, no matter what your background is!

How do I sign up?

Visit to select an audition time!