Information and Requirements:
Auditions for the All State Junior Chorus will be Saturday November 15, 2014. Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade designations (grades 7 - 9) in order 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.
There will be three audition sites:
1. Broadneck High School, Anne Arundel County
2. Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
3. Oakdale 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 magazine to the MMEA Executive Director no later than October 3, 2014. 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 no divisi auditions. A student auditioning for All State Junior Chorus may audition for All State Junior Band if the student meets the eligibility requirements.
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.
Unchanged male voices may audition as soprano or alto. If a voice change occurs after the registration, teachers should contact the MMEA office as soon as possible. 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 by the deadline date with the application.
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
A. Performance Selections
1. Accompanied Piece
Be prepared to sing your part in “Gloria in Excelsis” RV 588 by Antonio Vivaldi, ed. Gregory Pysh, Hal Leonard (Fred Bock Music), quarter note = 112, SATB. Recording will begin in measure 31. The students will sing the entire piece 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 email@example.com and include a mailing address. Music dealers have been asked to stock this piece. Photocopies may not be used. Music will not be supplied at auditions.
2. A Cappella Piece
Be prepared to sing from memory and without accompaniment, “O Music” exactly as the notes and rhythms are printed and in the correct octave. Students are expected to use the expressive elements and the suggested tempo indicated in the a cappella piece. Students will sing in the following keys: Soprano: A Major, Alto: F Major, Tenor: A Major, Bass: F Major. (See score in this magazine) 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:
1. Rhythmic Sight Reading
Students will be asked to perform two rhythmic sight reading examples. They may choose to clap, tap or say syllables. 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 rhythm values. Simple syncopated patterns will be included. See examples on the next page. 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. One example will be in 3/4 and one in 4/4 time. Each example will be four measures in length, will include any pitches in the C major scale and may cover a one-octave range. Tenors will sing the sight reading examples in the key of C from a score notated in the key of of C, using pitches within the octave of g below middle c to g second line, treble staff. All examples will be presented in treble and bass clefs. See examples on the next page.
All students accepted for the Maryland All State Junior Chorus will receive a CD with their voice part and the accompaniment for each piece on the program.
The Junior Chorus will rehearse in Towson, on Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, 2015. The concert will be on Sunday at Loch Raven High School.