Auditions!

 

Audition Info for kids 2nd-5th grade who love to sing!
2nd through 5th graders do not “audition” in the same way as the older singers, but do participate in our audition days so staff may evaluate their level of interest in singing and music experience. This is a chance for you and your singer to meet our teaching staff and experience firsthand the fun of making music with City Singers!

1st-3rd grade singers are included in the same group as older auditioning singers, but are assessed based on level of interest in singing, no prior experience necessary.

Click here to register for auditions. One of our choir directors will contact you within the week!

 

Audition Info for youth in 6th-12th grades who love to sing!

6th through 12th graders participate in auditions, but ours are non-competitive and low-stress.  Don’t be fooled by snobby music culture…you can join our choir and make superb music without a lot of prior experience, because, guess what? Singing is a learned skill! Read on…

Click here to register for auditions. One of our choir directors will contact you within the week!

 

Auditions FAQ

What can we expect? Because we know singers do their best when they are least nervous, we hold auditions and as a group. There may be anywhere from 3 to 9 singers in your group, of all different ages and abilities. Parents are present for the duration of the audition, which is run by members of our faculty.

Will I have to sing by myself? Once we have sung as a group and are familiar with the exercises, singers are asked to sing first with a partner, then by themselves. You will not be forced to sing by yourself, and our faculty can hear your voice even when we sing in a group. Singers who are too shy to sing alone are not automatically disqualified; our faculty are expert at evaluating a singer’s experience and capability in a variety of situations.

Do I need to prepare a song? Yes! Although the group format is very similar to a regular choir rehearsal “warmup”, please learn the first verse of “America the Beautiful”.  Faculty members teach auditioning singers various vocal exercises designed to highlight elements of rhythm, pitch, tone quality and tonal memory and evaluations are based primarily on the execution of these exercises. Preparing “America” will allow us to hear your voice even better. Memorization is not required.

When do we find out the results? At the conclusion, each singer (and their folks) will be called individually to receive the results.

What if my singer is not ready? We encourage you to try again next year! Sometimes a very young singer needs a year to develop the attention skills needed. But we are an educating choir, which means we don’t expect our singers to come to us already knowing everything, and it is very rare that a singer is unable to enroll. We want you to know that singing and musicianship are learned skills and we are really good at teaching those skills.

 


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