Frequently Asked Questions
Some commonly asked questions are addressed below. If you have an additional question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us!
Will my child have to audition again at the end of the semester?
No. All students re-audition annually, but not mid-year. We will, however, hold auditions several times a year, typically in January, June, and September.
When will my child find out if they were accepted?
Everyone will be notified by email or regular mail within two weeks.
How many students will be accepted?
This will vary based on ensemble:
1) Prelude will not be capped, with the exception of room capacity, though we have no anticipation of coming near exceeding that. So long as they can match pitch and reproduce melody, they will be accepted into this group.
2) Harmonia and Cantate will, ideally, not exceed 60 singers, though if we have that many capable young men and women, we will certainly consider going over slightly.
3) Lyric will be a select chamber group with no more than 20 or so in it and, more likely, 15 or 16. These students will have to learn music quickly, so the ability expectation is quite high.
Will there be a uniform?
Yes. Upon acceptance, the handbook will be made available via the members only tab on the website. Details on where to acquire the uniform are included. At the end of each season, uniforms in good condition may be able to be traded or donated via the posting in the members forum.
Does my child need an accompanist for auditions?
No. Audition material should be prepared and performed a cappella. Singers will also be led through some short vocal exercises to assess range and aural ability.
What if my son's voice has already changed?
As with older singers, we are happy to expand to a young men's choir, which would offer opportunity for males of any age who have already experienced or are experiencing a voice change. If sufficient demand exists, we will work to offer the option as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have a male singer with a changed voice who is interested in singing!
Can 5th graders really sing with 12th graders?
In a treble ensemble- absolutely! Accelerated youth singers can blend quite nicely with those who are older and more mature. As most quality treble music presents similar ranges for both alto and soprano parts, more advanced singers can tackle trickier inner harmonies while younger singers develop on the melody.
As singers age and grow in their musical and aural training, they move on to more challenging roles. Younger singers can learn from those who are older and vice versa!
Will there be performances?
Absolutely! Each semester will culminate with a program-wide concert, in which all groups will be featured. Additionally, groups may participate in smaller performances throughout the semester.
How long is the season?
The full season follows the school academic year, beginning in September and ending the following May or June. Performances are spread throughout the year, typically with formal concerts involving all ensembles scheduled in December and May.