2020-21 AUDITION FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions about 2020-21 Auditions
Why should I audition?
If you are passionate about singing and expanding your music education, then you should definitely consider auditioning for the
Youth Chorus. 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 Youth Chorus is part of the greater Cleveland Orchestra Chorus family, and are encouraged to continue their musical journey through high school and even into adulthood.
I have never taken any instrumental or vocal lessons. May I still audition?
Yes! We encourage any student who loves to sing and is eager to enhance their knowledge of music to audition for the Youth Chorus. 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?
Auditions will be held remotely for the 2020-21 season. Each applicant will first submit a link to their audition solo video for the directors to review. The audition will culminate with a 10-minute virtual interview with the directors on Sunday, September 13, using the Zoom video conferencing platform. To download Zoom, visit https://zoom.us/.
For more information, please visit our AUDITION GUIDELINES page.
I don't have a solo that I'm preparing. Can you offer any solo recommendations?
Yes! Students are welcome to choose their own solo pieces. However, we understand that you may need some suggestions. Please visit our SOLO ASSISTANCE page. There, we have a variety of solo selections for different voice ranges, which include downloadable files of the music and accompaniment tracks. Please note, that these pieces are suggestions only and are not required. If you are not sure what part you sing, you will also find a video tutorial from Mr. Singer entitled, "What Voice Part Should You Sing?".
I don't have any recording equipment at home. How should I record my audition?
You can record your audition with a phone, tablet, computer, or any other device with a camera and microphone. You should use your device's native software (e.g. iPhone use "Camera", Mac computers use "QuickTime") to record your audition.
After I record my audition song, should I edit it in any way?
No, please send us a single take. You can record the song multiple times and pick your favorite, but we prefer that you don't edit together parts of different recordings. Also, there's no need to apply video filters or any audio effects, though you can trim the ends of your recording if you'd like. We want to hear and see the closest thing to a live audition that we can.
How are you evaluating our recordings?
Singing to a camera is much different than singing to a live audition panel, and we know that everyone's recording situation is going to be different. We want to hear what we would expect to hear live. That includes your ability to sing with good pitch, steady rhythm, clear diction, and personal expression. We will not fault you for any deficiencies in your recording quality or any other technical peculiarities that arise from submitting an audition online.
I'm wondering if I should just wait until you have live auditions again, because I don't think my video audition will be very good.
What should I do?
We know we're living in unprecedented times, and all of us want to get back to making live music as soon as possible. We also know that we are starting our season in an online format in the fall 2020, and if it is safe, could potentially rehearse either in person or in some sort of hybrid format that combines live rehearsals with online instruction in spring 2021. As such, we do not know when we will be able to resume in-person auditions. If you're interested in being a member of COYC, we'd like you on the roster at the start of the season. Very few auditions go perfectly, and if anything, being able to pre-record your solo piece gives you more control of what you send us. Singers come to COYC because they want to become better musicians - think of creating your video audition as the first step on that journey with us.
OK, I'll send you a video. What can I expect at the interview?
One of our favorite parts of any audition is getting to know more about you as a prospective chorister. After you've submitted your video, you will schedule a video call with the COYC directors, accessible at the top of this page. We want to know where you go to school, what sort of singing experiences you've had, how you found out about COYC, and what excites you about possibly being a member of our group. We'll also have you sing some basic exercises so we can hear your range and pitch-matching ability. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask the directors any questions you might have about the Youth Chorus.
How do I schedule the audition interview?
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 Youth Chorus. Where can I find additional information?
Our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page is a great place to learn more about the Youth Chorus.
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.