Choir Auditions for Grades 8-12
“Develop, unify and heal the voice, by giving the students tools and skills to improve technique; by building confidence; and inspiring, motivating and challenging singers to a lifelong musical expression.”
The Stivers Choir magnet is a classically based choral program that emphasizes healthy vocal production. The “bel canto” technique is the foundation for all healthy singing, in all styles of singing.
The Choirs offered at Stivers are:
- Concert Choir-(beginner through intermediate; grades 7 and up)
- Women’s Choir and Symphonic Choir (Advanced level choirs; grades 9-12)
- Chorale and Chamber Choirs (Honors Choirs; grades 10-12 by audition only)
Each group meets for one class period every day; Chorale and Chamber meet for 2 periods per day.
Students may receive a sectional/small group lesson one period each week.
Advanced students may receive a private lesson per week.
Step-By-Step Audition Process
- Presentation of the prepared song
- Vocally matching pitch to a short series of notes played on the piano
- Participate in a written assessment identifying musical knowledge (provided)
- Write a short statement that explains goals in the field of choral music and reasons for choosing Stivers School for the Arts
- Performing vocal exercises (for range)
- Previous choir experience
How to Prepare
Students will prepare a song (choose one) from the provided downloads:
A folk song, an art song or patriotic song of your choosing. You must provide the sheet music for your accompanist at your audition.
(suggested for those who study voice with a private voice teacher)
Selections may come from these music anthologies:
- 24 Italian Art Songs/G. Schirmer or Alfred
- The Young Singer/Richard Row
- My First Book of (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Bass) Solos/Joan Frey Boytim
- Anything from the Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and ensemble list:
Students may not sing a “pop” song for their Stivers audition
Students may not use recorded accompaniment or sing a cappella. An accompanist will be provided at the time of the audition. Students must provide the sheet music for their audition.