Frequently Asked Questions about 2020-21 Auditions
Why should my child audition?
If your child is passionate about singing and expanding their music education, then they should definitely consider auditioning for the Children's Choruses. Our singers come from different schools and diverse backgrounds, and enjoy being in a supportive environment with peers who share their love for music. The Children's Choruses are part of the greater Cleveland Orchestra Chorus family, and are encouraged to continue their musical journey through high school and even into adulthood.
My child has never taken any instrumental or vocal lessons. Should they still audition?
Yes! We encourage any student who loves to sing and is eager to enhance their knowledge of music to audition for the Children's Choruses. Private music lessons are not required to participate in any of the Cleveland Orchestra Choruses, and most choristers do not have any professional musical training.
When and where will auditions be held?
Open auditions for the 2020-21 season are closed. Auditions for the Spring semester are by invitation only. Auditions will occur online using the Zoom video conferencing platform. To download Zoom, visit https://zoom.us/.
How long will the Zoom audition last?
The audition takes about 10 minutes to complete.
What will my child be expected to do during their audition?
Auditionees should try to relax and not get too nervous. Our directors are welcoming and will do their best to make your child feel comfortable. Also, keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "perfect audition." Making some mistakes will not automatically exclude your child from being accepted into the program. Students will be asked to complete the following:
Sing the first verse of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" ("America") in the key of F major, using the piano accompaniment recording provided on our website (sing from memory or with the copy of music provided on our website)
Sing the first verse of "America the Beautiful" ('Oh beautiful, for spacious skies') in the key of D major, a cappella - without accompaniment (sing from memory or with the copy of music provided on our website)
Sight read a simple melodic line and rhythmic exercise
Short exercises to assess a variety of vocal production skills
Sheet music and accompaniment recordings can be accessed on our PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION page.
What does my child need for their Zoom audition?
Make sure you have downloaded the Zoom video conferencing platform. To download Zoom, visit https://zoom.us/.
Ideally a computer (with a built-in camera or external webcam) and headphones are the best tools for joining the Zoom audition.
If that is not possible, using a tablet or smartphone is acceptable.
Sheet music of each audition piece (unless your child prefers singing the pieces from memory)
Online access to the Audition Recordings, so your child can sing with the piano accompaniment for "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," and find the first few notes of "America the Beautiful" before singing it a cappella (without accompaniment). If necessary, the directors can also send a link to the audio files during the audition, via the Zoom chat box.
When will my child know the results of their audition?
Students are typically informed the results of their audition via email within one week of the audition date.
How can my child prepare for their audition?
Preparing for an audition is easy! Simply go to our PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION web page to access a variety of audition study materials that our directors have put together for you to use. Resources include sheet music downloads and accompaniment tracks of the audition pieces listed above, as well as rhythmic and melodic sight-reading examples.
Don't worry if the sight-reading passages seem confusing to you or your child. The directors will explain what to do during the audition, and they recognize that many auditionees do not have any sight-reading experience. Performance on the sight-reading component does not affect acceptance and only helps us place students in the ensemble where they can achieve the most success.
How do I schedule an audition for my child?
The best place to start is by visiting the AUDITION GUIDELINES web page, accessible at the top of this page. There you will find simple step-by-step instructions to complete the audition process from start to finish.
I want to learn more about the Children's Choruses. Where can I find additional information?
Our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page is a great place to learn more about the Children's Choruses.
I still have more questions. Who should I contact?
Contact the Chorus Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to assist you.