Rutgers Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers Fall 2014 Auditions Announced!

 

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Prospective participants are invited to audition on Wednesday, September 17, 20147:15-8:30 p.m. (RCCChoristers & Chorale) or Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:15-8:30 p.m. (Scarlet Singers).  Please see below for details of the audition process.

RCC Choristers
  • Eligibility: Students entering grades 3–5* in 2014–2015. 
  • Rehearsal schedule: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:05 p.m. View 2013-14 rehearsal calendar  (2014-15 calendar will be similar)
  • Audition process: please see below.
    *conductors will determine at audition the appropriate choir for students in grade 5.   
 
RCC  Chorale
  • Eligibility: Students entering grades 5*–8 in 2014–2015. 
  • Rehearsal schedule: Wednesdays, 5:45 to 7:05 p.m. View 2013-14 rehearsal calendar (2014-15 calendar will be similar)
  • Audition process: please see below.
    *conductors will determine at audition the appropriate choir for students in grade 5.   
 
Scarlet Singers
  • Eligibility– For students entering grades 9–12 in 2014–2015 (and younger males whose voice is changing or changed).
  • Rehearsal schedule: Thursdays, 7–8:45 p.m. View 2013-14 rehearsal calendar (2014-15 calendar will be similar)
  • Audition process: please see below.
 
 
Learn more about the Rutgers Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers here.
Download audition flyer here.
 
To schedule an audition, please sign up here.
 
The day of the audition
  • Auditions are held in Shindell Choral Hall. Directions may be found HERE for Shindell Choral Hall (follow directions to the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center).  
  • Students should come to the Extension Division Office (Marryott Music Building Room 113) 20 minutes prior to audition to pick up a parking pass. Please park in lot 79.
  • All prospective students are encouraged to audit the rehearsal of the ensemble they wish to join.  Rehearsals are just prior to the scheduled auditions. 
  • For more information, call 732-932-8618.
 
RCC Audition Requirements
  • Qualifications for auditioned choirs are a pleasant voice, a good sense of pitch, and a commitment to regular attendance and performances.
  • The audition is a simple vocal assessment of the child’s readiness for a choral experience and ability to match pitch.
  • Children should prepare to sing a simple song, such as  “America” (My Country ‘Tis of Thee), “Happy Birthday to You,” or something similar.
  • The song does NOT have to be memorized.
  • The song and simple exercises led by the conductor are used to identify skill level and appropriate potential placement in an ensemble.
  • Each potential choir member will also be asked to complete a simple music assessment to see what skills he/she already possess (such as note names, solfege syllables, counting, etc.).
  • Failure to answer any or all of the questions does not mean a student will be excluded from choir membership. It is all part of the process of correct choir placement. 
 
Our audition experience is friendly, interactive, positive and non-threatening.
 
Scarlet Singers Audition Requirements
 
The following information is provided to assist potential choir members in a successful audition.
 
1.  Low Scales – Diatonic
Begin on the lower note and ascend one octave. Take a breath, then descend back to the starting pitch.
 
2.  High Scales – Diatonic
Begin on the lower note and ascend one octave. Take a breath, then descend back to the starting pitch.
All scales will be sung using solfege syllables or the vowel “AH” as in father
 
 
Low
High
Soprano
E
G
Alto
A
C
Tenor
E
A♭
Bass
A
C
 
3.  Tonal Memory and Sight Singing
You will be asked to sing back notes played or sung for you. Also, after hearing a short musical phrase twice, you will be asked to sing it by sight.
 
4.  Three-Part Canon
Sing your part in “Non Nobis Domine." Prepare this music ahead of time.f time.
 
Posted November 2013