FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions about the Youth Chorus

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. 

Who is eligible to audition?

The Youth Chorus is open to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall, as well as 8th grade boys with changing voices. All students must be fully vaccinated to participate in the Youth Chorus. 

How long is one season?

Each year, choristers commit to attending rehearsals and performances for one season, which typically runs from September

through May. Youth Chorus members are given additional opportunities to sing with the Blossom Festival Chorus in the summer.

When and where are rehearsals?

Rehearsals occur on Sunday afternoons, 1:45 - 4:30 pm throughout the school year.

Additionally, COYC choristers who audition and are accepted into the Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble rehearse for one extra hour, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Rehearsals usually take place at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood.

 

 

Is there a cost to participate?

Families typically pay a yearly tuition fee of $85 for their student to participate in the Youth Chorus. Families also purchase their chorister's concert attire. Concert gowns are purchased through a specific vendor and cost about $65 + shipping. Tuxedos may be borrowed from the student's school choir, purchased at a store of the family's choice, or rented through the Chorus Office. Gowns and tuxedos may be worn throughout consecutive seasons. Youth Chorus t-shirts are also available for purchase ($12/t-shirt), but are not usually a requirement. Families are never turned away due to financial hardship, and tuition and attire scholarships are readily available through a simple application.

 

What is an audition like?

Auditionees should try to relax and not get too nervous. Our directors are welcoming and will do their best to make you feel comfortable. Also, keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "perfect audition." Making some mistakes will not automatically exclude you from being accepted into the program.

 

Auditions typically last about 10-minutes long. Students are asked to perform one prepared solo, which may be a classical, art, or folk song piece (no Broadway, or pop songs). An accompanist is provided, and the piece does NOT need to be memorized. Students will also complete short exercises to demonstrate vocal range and try a bit of sight-reading. 

When will I know the results of my audition?

Students are typically informed the result of their audition via email within one week of the audition date. 

 

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?".

How do I schedule an audition interview?

The best place to start is by visiting our AUDITION GUIDELINES page. There you will find simple step-by-step instructions to complete the audition process from start to finish.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Contact the Chorus Office at chorus@clevelandorchestra.com. We'll be happy to assist you!