2016-2017 All State Senior Chorus Information: Auditions November 19, 2016

Information and Requirements:

Auditions for the All State Senior Mixed Chorus and All State Senior Women’s Chorus will be Saturday November 19 2016.
Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade designations
(grades 10 - 12) to be eligible to participate in the All State auditions.  

To participate in the Maryland All State activities, a student must be enrolled in a chorus class. In high schools in which an alternative scheduling program is operating, the student may participate in the year in which he or she earns a full credit. Any questions should be directed to the MMEA Executive Director by the Choral Teacher at the numbers provided in the 2016-17 All State Auditions Handbook. Students and parents are not to call.

There will be three audition sites:
1. Broadneck High School, Anne Arundel County
2. Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
3. Urbana High School, Frederick County

Copy the application page as many times as needed. Please indicate your preferred audition site. If your students need to go to different
sites, use one form for each site requested. Send the completed form in this handbook to be received by the MMEA Executive
Director no later than October 7,, 2016. Use one form for every ten students who will audition. No limit will be placed upon the number
from each school; however, please be sure that all singers meet the range requirements on the next page.

There will be divisi auditions for sopranos but not altos, tenors, or basses. If a voice change occurs after the registration, teachers
should contact the MMEA office as soon as possible. In the event  that a student arrives at the audition site with the incorrect audition
music prepared, the student will be given the correct music and up  to an hour to prepare the correct music before the audition. It is the
policy of MCEA that females should audition as soprano or alto singers. In the event that a female student insists on auditioning for
the tenor part, she does so at her own risk. Teachers need to call the MMEA Executive Director to get a consent form relieving MCEA
of liability, which must be signed by a parent or guardian and submitted with the application by the deadline date.

Vocal evaluations will be based primarily on:
1. Vocal quality, blendability
2. Performance accuracy of sung selections
3. Ability to read and sing accurately and on pitch

 

Audition Requirements
A. Performance Selections

1. Accompanied Piece

Be prepared to sing your part in “He Trusted in God,” by G. F. Handel from Messiah, SATB, key of C minor, quarter = 112. Music must be obtained on the MMEA web page. The students will sing the song in the correct octave. Public school teachers should obtain a CD from their music office. Private school teachers should obtain the CD from Jim Turk, DeMatha Catholic High School. Please email him at jturk@dematha.org and include a mailing address. Photocopies may be used. Music will not be supplied at auditions.

 

2. A Cappella Piece

Be prepared to sing from memory and without accompaniment “Irish Folk Song” exactly as the notes and rhythms are printed and in the correct octave. Students will sing in the following keys: Soprano I: G major, Soprano II: F major, Alto: A major, Tenor: E major, Bass: B-flat major. (See score in this handbook.) Students are expected to use the expressive elements and the suggested tempo as indicated in the a cappella piece. The tonic chord, scale, and tonic chord again will be played on the audition CD. Students must find their starting pitch from the final chord.

B. Sight Reading:

Teachers of visually impaired students should consult the policies and procedures posted online, and notify the MMEA office of the
preferred method for any such students.

1. Rhythmic Sight Reading

Students will be asked to perform two rhythmic sight reading examples. They may choose to clap, tap, say syllables, or whatever method is used in class. One example will be in 3/4 and one in 4/4 time. The examples will be four measures long and may include a variety of time signatures and rhythmic values. Syncopated patterns may be included. See examples. The students will be given a short practice time and can practice out loud or silently. Students will be asked to establish their tempo by counting one full measure before beginning the example..

2. Melodic Sight Reading

Students will be asked to perform two melodic sight reading examples. They may choose to sing on syllables, numbers, or a neutral vowel. The examples will be four measures in length, and will include any pitches in the major scale, and may be in a variety of key signatures. Examples will be presented in treble and bass clefs. See examples that follow.

All students selected for the Maryland All State Senior Choruses will receive custom rehearsal tracks with their voice part and the accompaniment for each piece on the program.

The Senior Mixed Chorus and Senior Women’s Chorus will rehearse on February 10-12, 2017 in Baltimore. The concerts will be on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Morgan State University.

Teachers interested in being considered to assist with auditions or in being a chaperone should contact All State Senior Mixed Chorus Manager Nathan Carns at ncarns@ccps.org or All State Senior Women’s Chorus Manager Rebecca Wittman at Rswittman@ccps.org.

 

Senior Chorus Audition Selection  (Irish Folksong)  

Soprano I              Soprano II        Alto          Tenor            Bass

Senior Chorus Audition Selection (He Trusted in God)

 

Sight Reading Examples:

Senior Chorus Melodic Sight Reading Examples

Senior Chorus Rhythmic Sight Reading Examples