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Princeton Boychoir

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? Will they be in person this year?
A: The health and safety of our students and staff is the highest priority, therefore, we will begin the season virtually. As we continue to follow health and safety guidelines, we will update our choir families when we are able to transition to in-person activities. Click here to see a glimpse of what our virtual experience will look like.

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 which may include virtual and/or in-person performances depending on health and safety guidelines. Other events will include virtual and/or in-person 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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