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.
The Children's Chorus is open to students entering grades 6 through 9 in the fall of 2019, 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