Auditions

Auditions for the 2020-2021 Choir Season will be held on Mondays, May 9 & 16 in the choir room of the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College Campus!

NCCC is open to students with unchanged treble voices entering grades 4—8 (public, private, or home school) living in Newton, KS & surrounding communities.
Singers will be assigned a 15 minute time slot based on their availability indicated in the form. If you are unavailable during all of these times, please fill out the form accordingly and we will send an email to find an alternate time! A parent/guardian should accompany each singer to their audition. Please fill out the following form and read the audition overview below.

AUDITION SIGN-UP FORM

This audition form will close on May 6, and your specific audition time will be emailed to you on that day or before! 

Audition Overview from our Artistic Director:

Thank you so much for your interest in the Newton Community Children’s Choir!

These will be small group auditions and will last about 15 minutes. I’ll be checking first and foremost for pitch accuracy, while also assessing choral tone, vocal strength, and part independence. There will be 4 short parts to each audition:

  1. Each singer will be asked to sing 20-30 seconds of a simple song of their choosing (unaccompanied) – Happy Birthday, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, or Home on the Range would be great options if anyone is not sure what else to choose! 
  2. Pattern Echo – I’ll play a few 3-5 note patterns on the piano for singers to echo
  3. Row, row, row your boat – sung in a round! 
  4. Range check – I will check to see how high/low a student’s range reaches (this is not something anyone needs to “prepare” for, it just helps me get to know each singer’s voice better!)

The form will ask for information about each auditionee, as well as time availability for our audition dates. It will also have a section in which you can specify if your student has a friend auditioning that they would like to be put in the same audition group with (schedule permitting). All auditionees need to fill out an individual form. A copy of your responses will be emailed to you.

This audition form will close on May 6, and your specific audition time will be emailed to you on that day or before! 

AUDITION SIGN-UP FORM

Feel free to email newtonccchoir@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you again for your interest in the Newton Community Children’s Choir, we are looking forward to meeting you!

As an organization, we are attempting to find the right voices for the group while also ensuring that students feel comfortable and assured during the audition process. While there are sometimes opportunities for solos in this ensemble, it is by no means a requirement, and for that reason I prefer to avoid basing membership solely on solo performance. However, due to the nature of the audition process, auditionees will have to sing a small amount on their own. Please remind your student(s) that nervousness is totally normal and that I am listening to their singing voice, not to their nerves 🙂 A deep breath is great practice when the nerves begin to take over!

We hope 6:30-8:00pm on Monday evenings is clear for your child because that is when our rehearsals are throughout the school year.  If you have any questions about the choir or audition process, please email me at newtonccchoir@gmail.com – I would love to hear from you!

Invite your friends who love to sing! I am very much looking forward to meeting the singers of our community!

Jill Siebert

Artistic Director, Newton Community Children’s Choir

3 thoughts on “Auditions

  1. Hi, I am interested in trying out for this choir so, how do you audition for the choir? If you could get back to me that would be great! Thanks!

  2. My daughter is interested in auditioning – she is 9. Can we still come to auditions tonight even though we missed auditions on the 7th?

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