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University of Warwick Chamber Choir

UWCC 2016 - 17

Start of term info Oct 2016

Auditions for new members & re-auditions for returning members

STAGE 1

INDIVIDUAL AUDITIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS

These will take place on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and the morning of Thursday 6th October in the Music Centre Ensemble Room, Warwick Arts Centre.

Sign-up sheets are in the Music Centre foyer.

Slots will last approximately 5 minutes.

You do not need to prepare anything for the audition.

During this relaxed, easy-going and friendly audition you will meet our vocal tutors, musical directors, members of the UWCC exec and choral scholars.

We will hear your voice and you will be asked to do some sight-singing.

INDIVIDUAL AUDITIONS FOR EXISTING/PREVIOUS/RETURNING MEMBERS

These will take place on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and the morning of Thursday 6th October in the Music Centre.

Sign-up sheets are in the Music Centre foyer.

Slots will last approximately 5 minutes.

You need to prepare the following: (you do not need to memorize it, but you need to know it!)

These 3 movements from the SATB version of A Ceremony of Carols, by Benjamin Britten:

2. Wolcum Yole!

6. This little Babe

10. Deo Gracias

Current Choral Scholars and Exec Members do not need to re-audition, as they will be assisting Lucy Griffiths (Assistant Director of Music) and Paul McGrath (Director of Music) in the audition and selection process.

STAGE 2

GROUP AUDITION

Those who have successfully moved on to the Group Audition phase will be contacted at approx. 2pm on Thursday 6th Oct and invited to attend the Group Audition Rehearsal, 5-7pm on the same day, Thursday 6th Oct in the Ensemble Room.

The UWCC 2016 -17 membership will be announced on the morning of Friday 7th Oct.

 

Am I good enough to Audition?

Every year we get asked this same question. The most likely answer, if you have taken the time to find this information, is yes.

Entry into UWCC is competitive each year but do not be put off by this. We are not a choir with only 2 places per year and, if you meet the standard, then you are more likely than not to be let in. The auditions are not a test of experience, but potential, and so past experience of choral singing is NOT essential (although, desirable!).

What is the format of the auditions?

Please arrive 15 minutes early for your audition. You will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire detailing any experience you have.

The audition will consist of a range test followed by a short piece of sight-reading. This piece will be simple and in English. Every year a number of excellent singers get scared by this aspect and choose not to audition because of this element. They invariably regret this decision by Week 3 of Term 1 and end up auditioning the following year. The audition will last between 5 and 10 minutes.

How and when do I sign up for an audition?

Audition sheets are in the Music Centre foyer and to audition all you need to do is sign-up for a slot on those sheets. You can sign up until the time of the last audition: but PLEASE do so as early as possible, because if you forget a year is a long time to wait.

The Music Centre can be accessed via Warwick Arts Centre: it is between the Woods-Scawen Room and Le Gusta restaurant and is clearly sign-posted.

I am a visiting student or wasn't at Warwick for the audition day, can I still join?

In the first instance, you should contact the Director of Music, Paul McGrath directly to discuss this; he can be contacted through the Music Centre office. If you were at Warwick on the audition day you are unlikely to be admitted. The Director of Music's decision is final in all matters of music.

When will I hear if I'm in?

Successful candidates are contacted as soon as possible after the decision is made by mobile phone.