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Auditions with City Singers aren’t scary: they’re FUN! Here’s the info…

 

2nd-5th Grade Audition Info for kids 
who love to sing! 2nd through 5th graders
do not “audition” in the same way as the older
singers,but they 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!
2nd-5th 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.

6th-12th Grade Audition Info for kids who love to sing!
6th through 12th graders participate in auditions, and ours are non-competitive and low-stress.  We foster a learning-centric music culture; we expect our singers to come to us with something to learn, for singing is a learned skill! If you love to sing, come sing with us!

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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.

Eek!  That song is high! What if I’m an alto?  Well, then, we’ve got to talk, because you aren’t, really.  I know, take a moment.  Deep breath.  You’ll be ok! (This happened to me, too!) Among youth voices (we’re talking young people who aren’t baritones or basses yet), the vast, vast majority are soprano voices.  In fact, an adult woman who is a true Alto (Contralto, is what the voice is sometimes called) is unusual. Read this sentence: just because I don’t sing high, doesn’t mean I’m an alto. Read it again: just because I don’t sing high, doesn’t mean I’m an alto.  I can certainly sing the alto part in my school choir (but that doesn’t mean I’m an alto). I can certainly prefer to sing in my lower range (but that doesn’t mean I’m an alto).  I can even feel like I’m unable to sing any note above an A (but that doesn’t mean I’m an alto.)  There is a lot, and I mean A LOT, of misinformation out there regarding youth voices and categorizing them too low, simply because the upper range has not been properly taught.  Don’t worry–the BEST place to learn to sing high is in a choir with a choir director who knows vocal pedagogy, and those high notes come quite quickly once you get started!  Call a university voice teacher, and he or she will tell you the same thing.

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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