Auditions

2020-21 Audition Application

Auditions for the 2020-21 season have been postponed. All students who are interested in auditioning for the Children's Choruses must first complete the AUDITION APPLICATION. Registered auditonees will receive notification when we are ready to schedule new member auditions. We appreciate your interest and patience.

2020-21 Preliminary Schedules

The schedules below were created before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of all choral activities. We do not yet know what the fall season will bring, but we provide the below schedules as examples of what would have been a typical season.

                 Children's Chorus 2020-21 Preliminary Schedule

  

                 Children's Preparatory Chorus 2020-21 Preliminary Schedule

Audition Process

Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Choruses are selected through competetive audition. Auditions are by appointment only and are held each spring, with a final audition date scheduled in early fall.

During spring auditions, Children audition for both the Children's and Preparatory Choruses simultaneously. Those who are accepted are then placed in the appropriate ensemble at the discretion of the directors.

 

The majority of our choristers sing with the Preparatory Chorus for at least one year prior to being accepted into the Children's Chorus. Members of the Prep Chorus are given first access to audition dates in the spring. You can learn more about our ensembles and the difference between the two at our FAQ page.

Eligibility

The Children's Chorus is open to students entering grades 6 through 9 in the fall of 2020, while the Preparatory Chorus is open to students in grades 5 through 8.

 

Boys must have unchanged treble voices. Boys with changed voices may be interested in our SATB Youth Chorus.

What to Expect

Children will be asked to complete the following during their audition:

  • Sing the first verse of America ("My Country 'Tis of Thee") in any key

  • Sing the first verse of America the Beautiful ("Oh beautiful, for spacious skies") in the key of D major

  • Sight read a simple melodic line and rhythmic exercise

  • Short exercises to to assess a variety of vocal production skills

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