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.
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 will take place online for the entire season (October - May). Online rehearsals will take place during the usual time: Sundays, 1:45 - 4:30 pm. However, choristers will not be expected to attend a nearly 3-hour Zoom meeting every week and will be notified in advance the time frame they will be needed. The goal will be for everyone (choristers and staff) to feel energized and excited each Sunday afternoon, rather than tired and disengaged.
During a typical season, 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. During a normal season, rehearsals usually take place at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood.
What will the 2020-21 season look like?
The directors are working on exciting plans for Spring, which include several opportunities for the Youth Chorus members to enhance their musicianship skills as a singer. Choristers will be invited to prepare repertoire in February to create a digital choral presentation. Additionally, members will be able to attend exciting masterclasses with guest artists and professionals in the field. Senior members will have the opportunity to engage in private lessons and prepare a piece for any future choral auditions. The season will culminate with a year-end celebration, in which the chorus will showcase their talent through digital presentations and pre-recorded performances.
Is there a cost to participate?
Due to the revised online schedule, the tuition fee will be waived for the entire season. Choristers will only be required to purchase a newly designed $12 chorus t-shirt, which will be used for any virtual performances.
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?
Auditions are currently closed for the 2020-21 season.
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.
Live 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to assist you!