The Best Audition Songs for The Sound of Music – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Sound of Music? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for The Sound of Music, broken down by character.

Since The Sound of Music is a late golden-age musical, the songs below are all from golden-age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a timeless/classic vibe to many of the following in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Sound of Music Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis or libretto➝ while listening to the The Sound of Music cast album➝. Or you can watch the film➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Brigitta von Trapp

Be Kind to Your Parents” – Fanny

Little Lamb” – Gypsy

Tender Shepherd” – Peter Pan


Captain Georg von Trapp

How to Handle a Woman” – Camelot

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

Some Enchanted Evening” – South Pacific


Elsa Schrader

I Loved You Once in Silence” – Camelot

Something Wonderful” – The King and I

The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” – Camelot


Friedrich von Trapp

Consider Yourself” – Oliver!

I’d Do Anything” – Oliver!

My Best Girl” – Mame


Gretl von Trapp / Marta von Trapp

Distant Melody” – Peter Pan

The Perfect Nanny” – Mary Poppins

The Tree” – The Me Nobody Knows


Kurt von Trapp

Dites-Moi” – South Pacific

Gary, Indiana” – The Music Man

Where is Love?” – Oliver!


Liesl von Trapp

I Am Going to Like It Here” – Flower Drum Song

I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song

This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy


Louisa von Trapp

Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream

Happily Ever After” – Once Upon a Mattress  [sing truthfully]

It Might as Well be Spring” – State Fair


Maria Rainer

Getting to Know You” – The King and I

I Could Have Danced All Night” – My Fair Lady

I Whistle a Happy Tune” – The King and I

The Lusty Month of May” – Camelot


Max Detweiller

I Am in Love” – Can-Can

On the Street Where You Live” – My Fair Lady

Why Can’t the English?” – My Fair Lady


Mother Abbess

Follow Me” – Camelot

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” – Miss Liberty

You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carousel


Nuns (Berthe, Sophia, Margaretta)

Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi

My Lord and Master” – The King and I

There’s Music in You” – Cinderella


Rolf Gruber

Lucky to Be Me” – On the Town

You Are Beautiful” – Flower Drum Song

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


Ensemble (Altos)

A Cockeyed Optimist” – South Pacific

Hello, Young Lovers” – The King and I

Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?” – The King and I


Ensemble (Baritones)

There But For You Go I” – Brigadoon

This Nearly Was Mine” – South Pacific

When the Children Are Asleep” – Carousel


Ensemble (Basses)

A Puzzlement” – The King and I

I’m an Ordinary Man” – My Fair Lady

Welcome Home” – Fanny


Ensemble (Contras)

Never Never Land” – Peter Pan

Wendy” – Peter Pan

Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair?” – Goldilocks


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific

Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Before I Gaze at You Again” – Camelot

Shall We Dance?” – The King and I

Without You” – My Fair Lady


Ensemble (Tenors)

Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel

Like a God” – Flower Drum Song

Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Sound of Music:

• “A Real Passport” from The Cherry Orchard➝

• “Do You Know➝” from The Cradle Song➝

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

• “The Ideal Man!” from A Woman of No Importance➝  (Mrs. Allonby)

• “What Truth?” from The Cherry Orchard➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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The Sound of Music Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Sound of Music, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

“Preludium” – Ensemble

The Sound of Music” – Maria

“Maria” – Berthe, Sophia, Margaretta, Mother Abbess

I Have Confidence” – Maria

My Favorite Things” – Maria, Mother Abbess

Do-Re-Mi” – Maria, Children

“Sixteen Going on Seventeen” – Rolf, Liesl

The Lonely Goatherd” – Maria, Children

“The Lonely Goatherd (Reprise)” – Gretl

“How Can Love Survive” – Max, Elsa

“The Sound of Music (Reprise)” – Maria, Captain, Children

So Long, Farewell” – Children

“Morning Hymn” – Ensemble

Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – Mother Abbess


Act 2:

“My Favorite Things (Reprise)” – Maria, Children

“No Way to Stop It” – Elsa, Max, Captain

“An Ordinary Couple” – Maria, Captain

“Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)” – Maria, Liesl

Edelweiss” – Captain, Maria, Children

“So Long, Farewell (Reprise)” – Maria, Captain, Children

“Finale Ultimo” – Company


Which of these audition songs for The Sound of Music did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for The Sound of Music.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

9 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for The Sound of Music – by Character

  • August 11, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    Hello, I am a 15 year old tenor. I would like to audition for The Sound of Music, and I am not sure what song I should use for this. Is it fine to audition with a song other than the ones included in the production one is auditioning for? Thank you so very much for your kind and wise input!

    • August 12, 2019 at 9:42 am
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      Hi Philip! So exciting that you have auditions for The Sound of Music coming up! I would suggest reading your audition details super carefully, as they will usually state what type of song they expect you to prepare. But if nothing is mentioned, it’s generally best to choose a song that is *not* from the show you’re auditioning for. That said, sometimes they do request that you sing a song from the show – it always depends! But if you’re still unsure and would like to send over an email of your audition requirements, I’d love to take a look!

    • April 29, 2020 at 7:08 am
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      hi, my daughter is 11 and has soprano can you recommend a song!!!

      • April 29, 2020 at 9:42 am
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        Hey Lisa!! Of course. If your daughter is 11, I would recommend having her try out the song ideas for either Brigitta or Louisa above! And have her go with whichever one she feels most excited to sing. Have so much fun with it! 🙂

  • February 7, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Any suggestions for a Louisa or Briggita audition? My daughter is 13, soprano. 😊

    • February 8, 2020 at 1:24 pm
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      Hi Heather! I just added a few suggestions for Brigitta and Louisa for you! And since your daughter is a soprano, I would first recommend checking out “The Tree” above. I think that could be a really good choice for her. And it could also be a song that’s flexible to use to audition for either Brigitta or Louisa. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • March 11, 2021 at 10:10 pm
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    Hi! I’m auditioning for the part of Louisa soon, and my audition information asks me to sing a Golden Age song for my audition. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • March 12, 2021 at 10:05 am
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      Hi Eva! I just revisited the audition songs for Louisa and made a slight adjustment so that they are now all from golden age musicals. The song from State Fair is originally from the 1945 film, which technically classifies it as a golden age song as well. Also, if none of those feel just right on your voice, you can try out the suggestions under Brigitta! Just make sure to choose the song that feels really satisfying to sing, and trust your gut. Hope this helps!

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