Welcome! You are about to audition for one of the two finest choral music groups in all of California! Sign up in the Choral Music room (MB3) for a preliminary audition time. These will be held during lunch and after school from May 3rd thru May 14th. During this part of the audition, lasting about ten minutes, you will be tested on your ability follow a line of music and/or your ability to read music (not required). You will also be asked to sing back a musical line played on the piano (tonal memory). We will establish your vocal range and have a short interview session. This part of the audition, which also includes your GPA for the third quarter, accounts for forty-three per cent of your total score and must be completed before the time of your final audition. You must return this form, completed and signed, when you come to your preliminary audition.
All applicants must learn two basic dance steps, taught to you at choreography sessions given on Monday, May 10th and Tuesday, May 11th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in MB3. You should attend at least one of the sessions in order to adequately learn the moves or you will have to learn them on your own. These are not difficult steps, but they show us how well you move to the beat of the music as well as give an indication of how willing you are to learn something with which you are not familiar. The choreography steps will be demonstrated at your final audition on May 14th 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. You must prepare a short solo, between a minute and a half and two minutes in length that best demonstrates your vocal abilities, including an acceptable range. You should select a song, in English, that demonstrates your ability to sing “pop” music, or something from a Broadway show. You may bring your own accompanist, sing a cappella, or use a track (cassette or CD). There can be no voices, other than that of background singers, on the track. You must also learn, and sing your part with a quartet, the attached copy of “America”. The solo, quartet, choreography steps, and your appearance (you might want to dress up or wear an appropriate costume) are all scored at your final audition and account for 57% of your total score. Sign up for your final audition time for Friday, May 14th, and please come at least one hour early.
All Chanteurs and New Spirit sing with the Concert Choir and are expected to be enrolled in that class over any other elective. In general, all members of the show choirs must enroll in Concert Choir for at least one year. If you will be a senior and have never been in Concert Choir, you must take Concert Choir concurrently with your show choir class. There are a few exceptions to the rule, so if you have any questions, read the curriculum guide or see Mr. Maxson. Attending Summer School might help you avoid having a scheduling conflict. Concert Choir boys will probably meet period three and Concert Choir girls period four. New Spirit generally meets period one and Chanteurs period five. Things could change if it fits student schedules better to switch classes around.
The annual costs per person in Chanteurs or New Spirit is about $900 for first time members, less for returning members, and covers the cost of outfits, transportation, choreography sessions, and a spring tour. Fund-raising activities are available during the course of the year allowing one to earn enough to completely cover all costs incurred. No one will be kept out of either group because of financial hardship.
Each group meets for choreography sessions, lasting three hours, generally on Tuesday or Wednesday. In addition, rehearsals are held on Saturdays during the fall and the month of January. Parents are asked not to schedule events during this time. A calendar for rehearsals will be determined in September. December is the busiest performing month and all members are required to be at every performance and every rehearsal. Being a member of one of these well- respected and well-known show choirs requires a great deal of dedication.