CYV Auditions

My favorite part of CYV is when we sing through all of our songs without our music!

Lorelai, 7th grade

I love coming each week to Canterbury, we sing and we have lots of fun while singing!

Lucas, 6th grade

Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV) members receive high level instruction from experienced, local music educators, with weekly rehearsals and several performances per season. Financial aid and simple payment plans make it possible for anyone to participate!

Auditions: Yearly auditions take place in August. Enrollment is now closed for the 2020/21 Season.

ELIGIBILTY

Our choirs cater to singers in grades 2-12. Interested singers should display the following abilities:

  • • Entering grades 2-12 in the Fall of 2020.
  • • Able to match pitch and sing in treble range (unchanged voice).
  • • Able to repeat eighth note & quarter note rhythm patterns & read simple music notation.
  • • With good vocal quality.
  • • With a good attitude.
  • • 8-12 graders must also display established sight reading skills.
APPRENTICE CHOIRS / 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
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

Complete an audition/hearing form and sign up for a time slot online. All Auditions will take place using 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 2020-2021 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. 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

All auditions are kid-friendly. For the Apprentice Choirs and Cantabile, 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” for younger singers and “America the Beautiful” or “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Cantabile. 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 may prepare their own art song or prepare a provided piece. The details regarding the prepared materials will be sent to you individually upon sign-up. Current members will also have their previous performance, behavior, and attendance considered in the acceptance process.

PLACEMENT

Audition results will be sent via email by August 10, 2020. These emails will also include a 2020-2021 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 August 15, 2020. A minimum of $50 toward tuition is due at that time.

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Canterbury Youth Voices Photography by:
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