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COCC AUDITION
GUIDELINES

Audition Process from

Start to Finish

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR COCC

 Required Student

Audition Application

SCHEDULE YOUR

AUDITION FOR COCC

Book Your

Audition Time Slot

PREPARE FOR
YOUR COCC AUDITION

Helpful Audition

Study Materials

REGISTER FOR COCPC

Required Student Application

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AUDITIONS & REGISTRATION 

2023-24 Audition & Registration FAQs

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The 2023-2024 Children's Chorus season will begin on Saturday, September 9th and rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays through the end of April. Schedule is subject to change.

Below, you can view the schedule for our 2023-2024 season schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions about 2023-24 Auditions & Registration

 

Why should my child audition or register?

If your child is passionate about singing and expanding their music education, then they should definitely consider registering for the Preparatory Chorus or auditioning for the Children's Chorus. Our singers come from different schools and diverse backgrounds, and enjoy being in a supportive environment with peers who share their love for music. The Children's Choruses are part of the greater Cleveland Orchestra Chorus family, and are encouraged to continue their musical journey through high school and even into adulthood. Reminder that an audition is required for membership in the Children's Chorus. Choristers that would like to join the Preparatory Chorus do not need to audition but should register/submit an application by the deadline for each season. 

How does registration for the Preparatory Chorus work? 

The registration form is an application that collects  information on the singer's musical background and contact information for them and their families which will be helpful as we prepare for the season. After completing this form, you will be registered as a member of the Preparatory Chorus and will receive information about the season and rehearsals. The deadline to register/apply for the Fall season is Friday, September 1st, 2023. The deadline to register & apply for the Spring season is Friday, January 26th, 2024. 

At the end of the application, you will be required to upload a picture of your child, which will be used for office purposes only. 

The picture should focus on the student's face and may be taken informally with a smartphone. Pictures may not exceed 10 MB

and should be in one of the following formats: JPG, PNG, or GIF. You will not be able to submit the application without the photo, so please have it ready to upload. You will also need to submit COVID-19 documentation such as your vaccination card on the final page of the application. As a reminder, all students participating in the Children's Choruses must be vaccinated and must have at least one bivalent mRNA COVID booster (after 6 months of the final dose of the initial series). 

My child has never taken any instrumental or vocal lessons. Should they still audition or register?

Yes! We encourage any student who loves to sing and is eager to enhance their knowledge of music to audition for the Children's Chorus or register for the Preparatory Chorus. Private music lessons are not required to participate in any of the Cleveland Orchestra Choruses, and most choristers do not have any professional musical training.

 

When and where will auditions be held?

A Fall audition will be held on Thursday, August 31st, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland (3630 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44118).  Interested singers should complete the  ONLINE AUDITION APPLICATION.

How long will the audition last?

The audition takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

 

What will my child be expected to do during their audition?

Auditionees should try to relax and not get too nervous. Our directors are welcoming and will do their best to make your child feel comfortable. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "perfect audition." Making some mistakes will not automatically exclude your child from being accepted into the program. Students can start practicing for their audition by doing some vocal exercises, sight reading, and singing via the PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION  page. These are tools to help your child practice they do not have to memorize any of the songs or exercises for auditions.  

  • If your child has a favorite song, they are encouraged to share their song at auditions. Our directors would love to hear your child sing something that is familiar and enjoyable for your child. If your child does not have a song to share, directors will have them sing a familiar song and sing some vocal exercises to get a better understanding of their voice. 

  • Sight read a simple melodic line and rhythmic exercise

  • Short exercises to assess a variety of vocal production skills

When will my child know the results of their audition?

Students are typically informed the results of their audition via email within one week of the audition date. 

 

How can my child prepare for their audition?

Preparing for an audition is easy! Simply go to our PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION web page to access a variety of audition study materials that our directors have put together for you to use. Resources include sheet music downloads and accompaniment tracks of the audition pieces listed above, as well as rhythmic and melodic sight-reading examples. 

 

Don't worry if the sight-reading passages seem confusing to you or your child. The directors will explain what to do during the audition, and they recognize that many auditionees do not have any sight-reading experience. Performance on the sight-reading component does not affect acceptance and only helps us place students in the ensemble where they can achieve the most success.

How do I schedule an audition for my child?

The best place to start is by visiting the AUDITION GUIDELINES web page, accessible at the top of this page. There you will find simple step-by-step instructions to complete the audition process from start to finish.

I want to learn more about the Children's Choruses. Where can I find additional information?

Our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page is a great place to learn more about the Children's Choruses.

I still have more questions. Who should I contact?

Contact Angel Tyler, Children's Chorus Manager, at atyler@clevelandorchestra.com. She'll be happy to assist you.

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