College Street Singers


Dr. Barbara Hudson, Street Singers Director

College Street Singer auditions for the 2016-2017 school year will be March 7 - 12, 2016.  To schedule an audition, call Dr. Barbara Hudson at 256-840-4147 or email her at bhudson@snead.edu. All singers must arrive 30 minutes prior to their audition time to complete audition forms.

Audition Requirements:
  1. Singers will perform one song from memory. The style can be whatever shows your voice at its best:  classical, pop, musical theatre, contemporary Christian, folk, or traditional hymns. You may use cd accompaniment, accompany yourself on an instrument you play, or have a pianist accompany you. Singers who would like to have a pianist play for them must notify Dr. Hudson prior to their scheduled audition time and bring sheet music with them to their audition.
  2. Sight-reading: Singers will be required to sight read the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass part from an unfamiliar song.
  3. Vocalise: Singers will be required to sing some vocal exercises to check range and possible voice part.
  4. Movement: Singers will be asked to perform a short movement routine.  Instructions about how to prepare for this will be given to you when you contact Dr. Hudson for an audition time.

Street Singer History

In 1974, Glenn Maze, Chairman of the Music Department at Snead State attended a summer conference that featured an ensemble named Re-generation directed by Derrick Johnson, who is now known for his work with Disney. He was very impressed by the group’s singing style and positive image. Upon returning to Boaz, he met with Rebecca Lancaster, a vocal instructor at the college about the idea of organizing a similar group at the college. By the fall, ten singers and a sound technician had been enlisted and the Freedom Singers were formed. The group took the name Freedom Singers in anticipation of the country’s bicentennial Celebration. During the first year of their existence, the Freedom Singers performed 50 times and set a precedence of excellence and pride.

In 1977, the group changed their format from patriotic music to sacred and variety entertainment. They also changed their name to the College Street Singers after the major street running through the Snead State campus. They continued to perform in schools, churches, and civic organizations and events and averaged 30-40 performances per year.   In 1990 the group appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is a mixed-voice performing ensemble which is open to all Snead State students. No audition is required. The group performs a variety of choral music styles, including classical, sacred, folk song arrangements, spirituals, Christmas and seasonal music, and selections from major choral works. The group performs both on and off campus, and participates in at least one major music department performance each semester.  

Rehearsals are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00.

For more information, please contact Director Dr. Barbara Hudson at bhudson@snead.edu.


Auditions for Voice Scholarships and Choral Scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year will be held March 7 - 12, 2016. Scholarships are available in guitar, piano, voice and instrumental instruction.

Singers should prepare two contrasting selections to be performed from memory. At least one selection should be in the classical style, either an art song or folk song. Musical theater selections are also allowed, but popular songs from the radio should not be considered.

Dr. Barbara Hudson, Voice