Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV)

Canterbury Youth Voices singers receive the highest level of instruction from experienced, local music educators, with weekly Tuesday rehearsals and several performance opportunities each season. Financial aid and simple payment plans make it possible for anyone to participate!

Auditions August 5, 2021 / Sign-Up Below!

Interested singers in grades 2-12 should display the following abilities:
  • Entering grades 2-12 in the Fall of 2021.
  • Able to match pitch and sing in the treble range (unchanged voice).
  • Able to repeat eight note & quarter note rhythm patterns & read simple music notation.
  • Possess a good vocal quality and have a good attitude!
  • 8-12 graders must also display established sight reading skills.


*NOTE: COVID-19 safety protocols are observed at all meetings and rehearsals.

CENTRAL APPRENTICE CHOIR

Grades 2-6

Singers develop skills in music literacy and ensemble singing through appropriate music repertoire. We achieve this through a variety of performances during the year. Our aim is to inspire each Apprentice Choir member with a lifelong appreciation of choral singing.

Meredith Ziegler

Central Apprentice Conductor

MOORE APPRENTICE CHOIR

Grades 2-6

Singers develop skills in music literacy and ensemble singing through appropriate music repertoire. We achieve this through a variety of performances during the year. Our aim is to inspire each Apprentice Choir member with a lifelong appreciation of choral singing.

Susan Pendergraft

Moore Apprentice Conductor

CANTABILE

Grades 7-12

Singers build upon skills learned in Apprentice Choirs, with further attention paid to the individual singer through choral literature.  Singers entering the 7th grade will automatically be placed into Cantabile, and those entering grades 8-12 will be evaluated for placement in Cantabile or Chorale during yearly auditions.

Wendyle Andrews

Cantabile Conductor

CHORALE

Grades 8-12

Singers will exhibit advanced skills in choral singing through highly challenging musical repertoire. The Chorale performs regularly with Canterbury Voices at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City and often represents Canterbury Youth Voices through performances at outside functions.

Stephen Ziegler

Chorale Conductor

AUDITION/HEARING PROCESS & ADJUDICATION
(2021-22)

Complete an audition/hearing form and sign up for a time slot online. All Auditions will take place observing social-distancing and adhering to all CDC guidelines. Masks are required of each person, and are removed during the individual audition.

Depending on the choir, audition/hearings vary in times from 5-10 minutes. 2nd – 6th graders in the 2021-22 school year audition for their choice of Apprentice Choir — the Central choir at Oklahoma City University, or the Moore choir at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Moore. Apprentice Choir singers can choose the location that serves their family best.

All those going into 7th grade audition for Cantabile. 8th – 12th graders all audition for Cantabile and will only be considered for Chorale if they complete the audition requirements listed below. The conductors of the choir conduct the audition/hearing. An intern may be present as well.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Apprentice Choirs: All auditions are kid-friendly. For the Apprentice Choirs, no prepared materials are needed. The conductors take each singer through a series of vocal and rhythmic exercises. Singers may also be asked to sing a familiar song such as “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle.”

Cantabile: Those auditioning for Cantabile will be vocalized, and must also prepare to sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and learn 3 brief vocal patterns. Audition Elements

Chorale: Those auditioning for Chorale will be vocalized, but must also prepare an excerpt of an art song to sing and complete an online sight reading assignment. Singers should learn one song from the list of Audition Elements as well as learn the 3 brief vocal patterns. Singers are also welcome to sing their own song instead of one of the listed pieces. It must be an art song or classical in nature. Audition Elements

PLACEMENT (2021-22)

Audition results from May 3-4, 2021 will be sent via email by May 31, 2021. These emails will also include a 2021-2022 CYV season calendar. Singers may accept or decline their placement, and there is no financial obligation until you have officially enrolled. It is recommended that families consult the Season Calendar before accepting, as rehearsals and performances are mandatory. The first deadline to accept membership is June 30, 2021. A minimum of $50 toward tuition is due at that time.

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