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2014 NJ Elementary & Junior High Honor Choirs NJ - Music Educators Association & American Choral Directors Association


? JUNIOR HIGH Audition Instructions ? These directions are for the JUNIOR HIGH HONOR CHOIR ONLY.


Follow these directions exactly. Failure to adhere to these specific instructions will result in disqualification of the auditioning singer. Remember that each school or organization may submit up to 16 sets of audition materials. However, care should be taken to only submit tapes which represent a substantial amount of preparation.


Junior High Honor Choir


STARTING PITCHES (note: mC =middle C)


Scales


Voice Part Soprano I


Soprano II Alto Tenor Bass I Bass II Starting Pitches


1. E above mC 2. A above mC


1. D above mC 2. G above mC


1. A below mC 2. E above mC


1. E below mC• 2. G below mC


1. B 9th below mC 2. D below mC


1. G 11th below mC• 2. C 8va below mC


• May be sung descending first “Dona Nobis Pacem” solo


Voice Part Key Starting Pitch Sop I A


Sop II G Alto


Eb


Tenor Ab Bass I E Bass II B


E 10th above mC D 9th above mC Bb above mC Eb above mC B below mC F# below mC


4. RECORDING THE AUDITION CD • The recorded audition has 3 parts which must appear in the order listed:


I. SPOKEN INTRODUCTION. At the beginning of the CD, in a clear voice, the singer (not the teacher) must speak the following sentence, filling blanks with appropriate information: “My name is ____, I am in the ____ grade, and I am auditioning for the voice part of ____.” II. SCALES Junior High applicants will sing two diatonic scales (each spanning the range of an octave), using the starting pitches indicated for their voice part in the column to the left. Scales must be sung a cappella, using the vowel sound “Ah” Legato Style. The initial pitch must sound prior to the sung scale. Tempo: mm = 66 to 80 (one pitch = one beat). High Scale - ascend, breath, descend Low Scale - ascend, breath, descend


“My starting pitch for the scale is ____.”


Ill. “Dona Nobis Pacem” (see Application Form for solo). The song must be sung a cappella. Starting pitches are given in the column at the left. The initial pitch must sound prior to the sung solo. The student will introduce the solo by speaking the fol- lowing sentence, filling the blank with the appropriate information: My starting pitch for “Dona Nobis Pacem” is ____.”


TEMPO 74 OCTOBER 2013


3. LABELING THE AUDITION CD • CD’s must be in commercial cases. • Only 1 singer may be recorded per CD. • Label BOTH the CD and case with only: a. The singer’s name b. The singer’s voice part


1. APPLICATION FORM (see page 4 for Form) • Duplicate as needed. Complete thoroughly and legibly.


2. PREPARING TO RECORD THE AUDITION CD • Use only new, quality CD and quality recording equipment. • Only the student’s voice may appear on the CD. At no time may sounds, instruments or voices assist the student during singing.


• Starting pitches only may be given by pitch pipe, accurately tuned piano or voice.


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