HOW CAN I JOIN THE CHOIR?

Thank you for your interest in joining One Voice Children’s Choir.  The process for joining the choir has recently changed.  There will no longer be a waiting list to audition.  Open Auditions will take place on an as-needed basis or in August of each year.

Those who have previously been on our wait list will remain on the mailing list and will be notified via email about future audition dates and procedures.  We will be adding a mailing list sign-up to our website soon, so you can receive important information about upcoming auditions.

Please continue to watch our website for upcoming audition dates and more information.

LIVE AUDITION EXPECTATIONS / QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Ages 4-6:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. They will be evaluated on their ability to stay in the same key throughout the song.  [TIP] The two most important things for this particular age group are (1) that they can carry a tune, and (2) their attention span. Half of the audition is interviewing the parent(s) to see if this is something their child(ren) will be able handle AND enjoy!

Ages 7-9:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal quality and strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice.

Age 10-12:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal quality and strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice. In addition, they will be given a short musical phrase (no more than 4 bars) to learn on the spot and perform it.

Ages 13 and up:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice. In addition, they will be given a short musical phrase (no more than 4 bars) to learn on the spot and perform it. Lastly, students will be given another short musical phrase which splits into 2 parts, and they will be asked to identify and sing each part individually.

Here are examples of successful auditions. You will hear that the styles are very diverse, yet they all have one thing in common; they have excellent pitch. It is also important that students choose the right song for their voices.

5 year old example
7 year old example
9 year old example
10 year old example
11 year old example
12 year old example
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14 year old example
16 year old example

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE  SPRING SEMESTER 2015

Salt Lake Group – Fridays 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. in Salt Lake County (details only disclosed to members)
Utah Valley Group – Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. in Utah County (details only disclosed to members)

Frequently Asked Questions

When / How do children practice their songs?
When you become a member, you will receive a username and password to our Choir Member Section, where you can download practice tracks (mp3) as well as sheet music. When we meet for weekly practice, students are expected to know the material.

If children of different ages are all in the same group, where do you set the musical standard?
Much of our material splits into 3 or 4 parts, up to 7 parts. You will be surprised at what these young children you can do if you believe in them and instruct them well.

Do you sing religious material?
We are non-denominational, and we have children of various faiths and walks of life. Although we do sing Christian music during Christmas or Easter time, our production is generally categorized as “inspirational” rather than religious.

What types of events do you perform at?
Media events (TV appearance, singing live on radio, etc.), sporting events (national anthem at JAZZ, Bees, REAL, Blaze, etc.), opening act for other artists, business conventions, and benefit concerts for other non-profits and charity organizations. Most of all, our motivation for performing is to bless, not to impress. Giving back to the community and reaching out to those in need are the best way to accomplish our mission.

Do children sing AND dance on stage?
Our focus is on singing. Occasionally, we add simple choreography (like snapping, swaying, or clapping.) You don’t need to be a dancer to be involved in this choir. We also spend some time covering basic music theory and college-level dictation, solfege (with movable Do’s), interval recognition as well as vocal training in Pop, Broadway, and Classical styles.