Auditions

Audition for Children’s Chorus

The Children’s Chorus of Carroll County holds auditions for the following performing groups in August:

  • Les Petites Voix
  • Il Coro Della Bella Voce
  • Cantare Bel Canto I
  • Cantare Bel Canto II

Zoom Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season:

We will hold a summer audition for the 2020-2021 Choral Season virtually on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 through Zoom. Arrange an audition time slot through Sign Up Genius by clicking here. Those who are rising 2nd-5th Grade are to arrange an audition time slot between the time frame of 6-7pm, and those who are rising 6th-12th Grade are to arrange an audition between the time frame of 7:15-8:30pm. 

Please download, print out, and complete the first page of your Audition form. Take a picture of your audition form and email it to jennamezzo@gmail.com so that we are prepared for your child’s audition.

A 5 minute step by step video of this process is here if you would like to follow the Artistic Director through the process.

Audition Details
The Children’s Chorus of Carroll County welcomes all interested children, 0 months through 12th grade. The scope and variety of our programs is tailored to provide skill-appropriate opportunities for all members. Children entering 2nd grade in the fall of the following school year, and those who are older, may be eligible for placement in a performing ensemble. Children 0 months-3 years old are welcome to join our Family Music Class where parents are present. Those who will be 4 years old through 1st grade will be in a class designed as an introduction to the world of music and movement.

Audition FAQs

Q. Do I have to live in Carroll County to be in the Chorus?
A. The majority of members are residents of Carroll County, but the Chorus has no residency requirement. We welcome members from all over the immediate Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania area.

Q. What happens at the zoom audition?
A.  We typically do this in person, but to circumstances, we are adjusting to our first time doing auditions digitally. Children will wait in the waiting room of Zoom until their audition time slot is ready.  After brief introductions of Directors and the auditionee, they will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday.” Next, they may be asked to sing a familiar round, like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to determine their melodic independence. (This is not an expectation for the youngest children.) Then there will be a short echo-singing session to ascertain aural pitch matching. An easy game involving reading very simple musical examples is the final activity.

Q. What if my child doesn’t know how to read any music?
A. This would only be asked of older students and the music reading does not determine acceptance into the group. It is a tool for the directors to help determine the level of difficulty for the next season’s pieces.

Q. How long does it take?
A. The time spent with the directors is typically between seven to ten minutes.

Q. Do we need to sign up in advance?
A. Unfortunately, yes, we must ask you to sign up in advance so that we can send you a Zoom meeting link.

Q. Is there a charge for the audition?
A. The audition is free.

Q. Will my child be told that night if he/she is accepted?
A. No. Acceptance and Wait List Students will be contacted through email by mid June. Students who are not ready for membership will receive notice in the US mail.