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Now Scheduling New Chorister Auditions

for the 2021-2022 Season!

Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) and Princeton Boychoir (PBC) welcome youth of various experience levels. A strong desire to learn, a musical ear, the ability to match pitch, and an eagerness to share music with others are key to a successful audition. Any singer who will be entering grades 3-12 in the fall is warmly welcomed to audition. 

 Students have the option to submit a video submission or audition live via zoom. Singers interested in auditioning live should choose that option in their registration and we will contact you to set up an audition time. 

Signup for your audition

New Choristers:

If you are new to PGC or PBC, or if you were on a leave of absence from the choirs during the 2020-2021 season, signing up for an audition is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (or do, re, mi)!

  1. Click here to complete the New Chorister Application – you will be given a choice to complete your audition live via Zoom or submit an audition video
  2. Submit the completed application and $25 application fee
  3. Follow the link on your confirmation to schedule your Zoom audition or download the video submission guidelines

That’s it! Following your audition, you can expect to hear from us in late August via email regarding placement. We look forward to meeting you and hearing you sing!

For questions about auditions, please email Auditions@WestrickMusic.org or call 609-688-1888 

Returning Choristers:

If you did not sing with us during the 2020-2021 season and are returning for the 2021-2022 season, you will need to complete a choir placement hearing. 

First-year Semi-Tones members who would like to be considered for Concert Choir, or Concert Choir and Cantores members who would like to be considered for PGC Ensemble, will need to complete a sight reading hearing. 

For questions or to schedule a choir placement or sight reading hearing, please reach out to Gina DiPalermo by email or phone: GDiPalermo@WestrickMusic.Org or (609) 688-1888 x 101. 

What will the choirs look like in Fall 2021?

WMA plans to hold rehearsals in person this fall. To ensure everyone’s safety, we will continue to follow CDC recommendations. Rehearsals will also be available over Zoom for anyone that is not able to, or comfortable with, joining us in person.

What to expect in your audition

Live Zoom auditions will last for approximately 10-15 minutes. Choristers who choose to submit audition videos will receive recording and submission instructions after you signup for your audition.

What will you be asked to do? Check out this audition outline for a preview.

We aim to hold auditions that are as low-key and enjoyable as possible. We want singers to be relaxed so that they can show us their best abilities! A good night’s sleep, mental preparation, and prior understanding of what is covered in auditions is suggested. In the audition, singers will be asked to introduce themselves, sing a Major scale and a familiar song like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat, or “Happy Birthday”. This will help our music directors better understand your singer’s’ current level of musical ability. We accept as many musically qualified singers as we are able, and place them in the choir in which they will be most successful.

We want you to relax, have a good time and show us your best singing voice!

Audition FAQs

Q: How will the virtual auditions be held?
A: There are two options to audition. Students may choose to sign up for a live audition via zoom or prepare a video submission. Links to sign up for a live audition and information on how to submit videos will be provided once you submit your audition application.

Q: Where do I find the zoom link if I’ve signed up for a live audition?
A: After you schedule an audition time on SignupGenius, you will receive a confirmation email which provides your zoom link information. You will also receive a reminder 2 days before your scheduled audition date. Please plan to sign onto the Zoom audition five minutes prior to your scheduled time. You will be placed in a holding room until a member of our artistic staff brings you into the main zoom meeting.

Q: If I chose to submit my audition videos, where do I send them?
A: Information on how to submit your videos will be provided following your audition registration.

Q: Who will listen to my audition?
A: Two members of our artistic staff will listen to your audition, whether you meet us live on zoom or prepare a video submission.

Q: How long will my audition last?
A: Each audition lasts approximately 12-15 minutes. For part of that time you will be singing a variety of musical exercises and the other part we’ll chat and get to know each other a little bit.

Q: What happens during the audition?
A: Depending on your age and experience, you may be asked to:

  • Tell us about yourself! What is your name, what grade are you in, and what is your favorite thing to do?
  • Sing ascending and descending scales to determine your vocal range
  • Sing a familiar song such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat or “Happy Birthday”

Q: What are some helpful hints for my audition?

  • Be on time! Singers who are doing a live zoom audition should sign on at least 5 minutes before their scheduled time!
  • Be sure to get a good night’s sleep the night beforehand.
  • Good posture will help breath control, and keeping your knees relaxed will help you relax.
  • Remembering to breathe deeply, relax your jaw and open your mouth are techniques that will enhance your vocal production.
  • Relax and have a good time! We want to learn who you are and hear your best singing voice!

Q: What is the artistic staff looking to hear in my audition?
A: They will look for:

  • A pleasant singing voice, one that has the ability to unify with other voices
  • The ability to sing in tune
  • The ability to stay focused and follow directions
  • A pleasant and expressive face while singing

Q: Is it necessary to be able to read music?
A: It depends on the choir level. For our beginning choirs it is not expected.  For placement in our intermediate choirs it becomes more helpful. It is important to be able to read music for placement in our advanced Touring Division choirs. If there is any doubt, we can discuss ways to develop the musicianship skills necessary to succeed in the choirs.

Q: How will I know the result of my audition?
A: Letters to all auditionees will be emailed in late August.

Q: If I am accepted, can I ask to be in the same choir with my friends?
A: Our directors will have listened carefully to your audition and taken note of your point of musical development, and will place you in the choir in which you will be most successful and have the best experience. Your placement will be based on your musical and vocal abilities rather than your grade.  While you may not be placed in the same choir as your friends, you will have many opportunities to sing together in concerts and retreats throughout the season.

Q: When are rehearsals? 
A: Princeton Girlchoir Rehearsal/Class Schedule:
Mondays evenings – Concert Choir & Cantores
Tuesday evenings – Grace Notes, Quarter Notes, & Semi-Tones
Wednesday evenings – Eighth Notes & PGC Ensemble

Princeton Boychoir Rehearsal/Class Schedule:
Thursday evenings – Apprentice Choir, Treble Choir, & Young Men’s Ensemble

Q: What if I have to miss rehearsal?
A: Each chorister is allowed to miss 3 functions total in each semester. If you know you’ll miss something ahead of time, you can email Attendance@WestrickMusic.org to report the absence. If you miss more than 3 functions in a semester, it will be up to the director’s discretion whether you may participate in the following performances.

Q: How many performances are there during the year?
A: Each choir will have at least two major concerts. Other events will include festivals, workshops and two Saturday retreats.

Q: What happens if a concert is scheduled during the year and I am unavailable to sing in it?
A: Choristers should make every attempt to participate in all virtual rehearsals, classes and performances where possible. Currently, we will begin our 2020-2021 season virtually. We have tentative plans in place for events and performance opportunities beginning in January through our season end in May and we will confirm details on in-person performances based on health and safety guidelines when they are available. 

Q: What is the cost of tuition and fees associated with Princeton Girlchoir or Princeton Boychoir?
A: A full breakdown of tuition and fees is available on our website for Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir. You will only be responsible for the refundable $45 music deposit if/when we distribute physical music, and similarly uniforms will be required if/when we have in-person concerts planned.

Q: Are there any scholarships, and how do I apply?
A: The Board of Directors is committed to fostering a chorister’s participation in the choir unhampered by financial constraints. Westrick Music Academy is proud of its history of supporting requests for financial assistance through a need-based scholarship program, which currently supports approximately 15% of our choristers.

We encourage families in need of assistance to contact the office for more information. Scholarship applications will be made available at the time that placements and registration information are issued. All assistance requests are kept strictly confidential and are reviewed on a blind basis by the Scholarship Committee.

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