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Choral Audition Requirements to audition for the 2022-2023 school year:

Choral auditions can be done virtually or in-person on 2/12/2022 between 10am and 4pm.  In-person auditions are by appointment only. You can pick an appointment time when you are filling out the Optional Schools Application.

Audition Requirements:

• Sing the first verse of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” and practice singing it from memory.

• Sing a 1-2 minute excerpt from another song of your choice and sing it from memory. Bring sheet music for an accompanist to play, or a pre-recorded accompaniment track. Please note that NSA’s program is based on the classical vocal style, so it is better to choose a song that features you in a more classical sound. Popular songs are not appropriate audition choices.

If you choose to submit an audition virtually, record the same songs and send the videos to [email protected]  After Mr. Jacobs receives the video, he will email a link to do an interview over Zoom.

During your in-person audition, you will complete some or all of the following tasks:
• You will sing the first verse of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” from memory.
• You will sing 1-2 minutes of your chosen song excerpt from memory.
• You will be asked to sing scales or other vocal exercises.
• You will be asked to participate in vocal exercises to check your skill at matching pitch and repeating what you hear.
• You will be asked to sight-read pitches and/or rhythms from a score.

Evaluation for choral auditions will be based upon the following criteria:
• The prepared solo will be judged on intonation, pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, range, technique, expressiveness, and musical effect.
• Scales and arpeggios will be judged on intonation, pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, range, expressiveness, and musical effect.
• Evaluation of vocal exercises and sight-reading excerpts will be based on accuracy, not vocal quality.

Auditions may include an interview and/or writing sample to provide additional information about the student’s motivation, work ethic, and musical goals.