Saskatchewan Choral Federation
 
 

Audition Information

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR:

Saskatchewan Youth Choir 2015-16

Saskatchewan Youth Choir is an exciting opportunity for talented young Saskatchewan ages 15 – 19 (exceptions may be made for younger male singers with mature voices) to sing together under the direction of a renowned Canadian choral conductor. This provincial choir program will give students the opportunity to sing in an SATB balanced choir with the best of the best from across Saskatchewan. It will develop singers ready to participate in premier local and national choirs.

Size: 24 – 36 singers

Dates: August 2015 – February 2016

Activities:

Singers must be prepared to commit to the following dates:

  1. August 28 & 29, 2015 – Weekend Retreat

  2. October 30 & 31, 2015: Weekend Retreat

  3. January 1 & 2, 2016: Weekend Retreat

  4. February 5-8, 2016: Weekend Tour & Concert

Singers are strongly encouraged to participate in the SMEA Honour Choir program in Regina from November 5-7, 2015. The registration fee will be reimbursed by the Choral Federation upon receipt of the paid registration form. No other Honour Choir expenses (accommodations, travel, meals, incidentals, etc) will be reimbursed.

The Saskatchewan Youth Choir will be a feature choir at Optimist ChorFest Saskatchewan Gala Concert on February 6, 2016.

Cost: $725 - Includes choral workshops/weekend retreats, travel subsidy, accommodations, meals, and Honour Choir registration

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Singers may be recommended by their teacher or choral director or may apply on their own. To apply for an audition, please send an email to programs@saskchoral.ca with the following information:

First Name

Last Name

Email

Voice Part

Expressions of interest or recommendations must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) Friday, June 12, 2015.

2. MATERIAL SUBMISSION

Singers that apply or are recommended will be sent a link to the online Chorister Questionnaire and the benchmark music piece. All audition materials must be received in the Saskatchewan Choral Federation office by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2015. Singers must submit the following as part of their audition package:

1) Chorister Questionnaire

All prospective participants wishing to take part in the Saskatchewan Youth Choir program must complete the questionnaire. Please be as thorough as possible when answering – this information will form part of your audition package and will impact your overall audition. Specific audition requirements must be met.

2) Audition Recording

Taped video audition (YouTube, Vimeo or DVD format) including:

  • Diatonic major scale (ascending and descending, non-accompanied)

  • One (1) test piece provided by SCF as a benchmark

  • No sight-reading component is required, but a basic level of musicianship is

    expected.

  • Specifics will be provided upon expression of interest

  • If possible, live auditions will be arranged based on the number auditioning at any

    given location. You will be notified as soon as possible if that is case.

    IMPORTANT: Recording quality will affect judging – please use the best equipment possible.

3) Musical Reference

A reference letter from the student’s director, voice teacher, vocal coach, or music teacher commenting on the student’s:

  • Work ethic

  • Commitment

  • Ability to hold a part

  • Leadership ability

  • Ability to handle SYC participation along with other commitments

Submit audition materials before 5:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2015 to:

Saskatchewan Choral Federation
125 Hamilton Street, REGINA, SK S4R 2A3

Email video links to programs@saskchoral.ca

Questions? Contact Sheryl Neher, Program Manager, at 1-877-524-6725 (toll-free), (306) 780-9230 (local) or email programs@saskchoral.ca

 

3. RESULTS
Successful applicants will be notified by July 17, 2015.

 

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