Vancouver Youth Choir - Ages 15-24

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VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR IS FOR SINGERS WHO:
  • are ages 15-24
  • are passionate about singing and have choral experience
  • enjoy performing and travelling/touring with other singers
  • have some music reading skills, a strong sense of pitch, and an understanding of basic vocal technique
  • are open to all types and styles of music
 
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR AUDITION
Your audition will last roughly 15 minutes. Following your audition you will complete a short theory worksheet (more info below) which will take about 15 minutes (but you can take as much time as you need). The entire process won't take more than an hour.
Please arrive ten minutes before your audition time.
WHAT TO PREPARE
At your audition you will be asked to:
  • sing a short acapella song of your choice (a portion of a song is fine). There is no accompanist at the audition.
  • sight-sing a short, simple musical passage (note: the ability to read music is valued in this ensemble, but not required. This part of the audition will help us to determine where you are in your growth as a musician).
  • complete an aural skills evaluation (echo back short melodies).
  • sing some simple scales and vocal exercises to help determine vocal range.
  • complete a short music theory sheet (note naming, basic terminology, key signatures, etc). A poor result on the theory portion will not exclude you from participation in the choir; it is merely in place to help us to determine where you are in your growth as a musician. The youth choir contains singers with a wide variety of experience. On top of vocal potential, the conductor of the youth choir looks for many things in your audition including a positive attitude, a flexible and open learning style, and a willingness to grow and develop as a musician.
  • sing in a QUARTET: prepare and sing Jesu, meine Freude (click title to view score) on your voice part. There will be a quartet of singers at this part of the audition who will sing the other parts. You may sing it in English or German, and you can audition on more than one voice part if you choose.
  • BONUS (totally optional): prepare If Ye Love Me (click title to view score) on your voice part.
WHAT TO BRING
  • a pencil and eraser
  • lyrics or music for your song for your own personal reference (only if needed)
  • music for the quartet piece(s)
HINTS FOR SUCCESS
  • Before you audition, have a friend or family member listen to your song and give you some feedback.
  • For your solo song, choose something that showcases your vocal technique, tone, and range. A folksong or classical piece with a good melody is always a great choice. Pop can be OK for an audition, but be very careful that your choice shows off your skill as a singer. Too many repeated notes/a static melody or a limited/very low range are things to avoid.
  • Re: QUARTET, if you are not a strong music reader, look on YouTube/Google for part-specific recordings and you will be able to find a recording of JUST the soprano part, or JUST the tenor part, etc.
AUDITION LOCATION:

All youth choir auditions will take place at Eric Hamber Secondary School: 5025 Willow St, Vancouver, BC