HOW CAN I JOIN THE CHOIR?

Thank you for your interest in joining One Voice Children’s Choir. The audition process for our 2017/2018 year is now in process. The audition process consists of two parts:

  1. An online video audition (uploaded to YouTube). Video submissions will be accepted between March 13, 2017 and March 31, 2017. All video auditions must be submitted through the official OVCC online audition form. (The video audition period is now closed. No more audition videos are being accepted for the 2017/18 year.)
  2. A live-audition callback on May 20, 2017 (by invitation only; children invited to the live audition will be announced May 6, 2017).

Click here to be added to our mailing list for those interested in joining the choir, so you can receive important information about the upcoming auditions.

VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES

Video auditions will only be accepted with a YouTube link submitted through the online audition form. We will not be accepting any submissions through email, text messaging, and/or Dropbox. Due to a large volume of submissions and limited resources, One Voice Children’s Choir cannot offer any assistance on creating or uploading of videos to YouTube. General instructions for uploading a YouTube video can be found here.

Video submissions should conform to the following guidelines: (Please be advised that videos that do not meet the standards below will not be considered.)

  • Please make sure your video is marked as “unlisted”. If the video is “private” then access will be restricted, and the video cannot be viewed. “Unlisted” videos will allow the link to be shared (and viewed) by only those with the link.
  • All videos need to be approximately 25-30 seconds long.  Please select the best part of the audition piece, as only the first 30 seconds of the video will be viewed.
  • The song may be from any of the following genres: broadway (including Disney), pop, classical, jazz, country, R&B, and/or folk.
  • Please make sure the song has a distinct melodic line.
  • Choose an appropriate song for the child’s age and style.
  • The video title must contain the child’s name, age, and title of the song.
  • All songs must be performed a cappella, without live or recorded accompaniment.
  • While the video quality may vary, the image must be clear enough to show the expression of the child’s face and stage presence.
  • Videos are judged according to the child’s musicality (pitch, rhythm, diction, vocal strength and quality, interpretation) as well as stage presence.
  • Do not submit more than one video.  Duplicate submissions will be disqualified.
  • Once a video has been submitted, you cannot replace your submission at a later time.
Families with more than one child auditioning for the choir will need to fill out a seperate audition form and create a separate YouTube video for each child.

Audio examples of auditions from different ages can be found here.

After a successful submission, you will receive an email confirming that the video audition has been received.
Due to the expected high volume of submissions, no individual feedback will be given for any audition video.  Applicants who are selected to participate in a live audition will be notified via email by May 6, 2017 and given a location, time and further instructions.

If you do not receive an invitation email by May 6, 2016, you will remain on our mailing list and be notified of the next audition opportunity.  Auditions are expected to take place annually in the spring for placement the following fall.

Audition submissions will not be saved by One Voice Children’s Choir and a new submission will be required for each audition cycle.

LIVE AUDITION EXPECTATIONS / QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Live auditions will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. This will be the only day live auditions are held, so please hold the date in your calendar. Audition expectations/qualification criteria for different age groups are below:

Ages 4-6:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. They will be evaluated on their ability to stay in the same key throughout the song.  [TIP] The two most important things for this particular age group are (1) that they can carry a tune, and (2) their attention span. Half of the audition is interviewing the parent(s) to see if this is something their child(ren) will be able handle AND enjoy!

Ages 7-9:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal quality and strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice.

Age 10-12:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal quality and strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice. In addition, they will be given a short musical phrase (no more than 4 bars) to learn on the spot and perform it.

Ages 13 and up:

Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice. In addition, they will be given a short musical phrase (no more than 4 bars) to learn on the spot and perform it. Lastly, students will be given another short musical phrase which splits into 2 parts, and they will be asked to identify and sing each part individually.

Here are examples of successful auditions. You will hear that the styles are very diverse, yet they all have one thing in common; they have excellent pitch. It is also important that students choose the right song for their voices.

5 year old example
7 year old example
9 year old example
10 year old example
11 year old example
12 year old example
13 year old example
14 year old example
16 year old example

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE  2017/2018 YEAR

Salt Lake Group – Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Salt Lake County (details only disclosed to members)
Utah Valley Group – Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Utah County (details only disclosed to members)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the financial commitments associated with being a member of OVCC?
Costs for the 2017/2018 year as as follows:

  • Registration fee: $50/child
  • Tuition: $800 annually; may be split up into $80 payments over 10 months (A 10% discount on tuition is granted for each additional child in a family after the first.)
  • Wardrobe package: approx. $300-400 for complete package (Most wardrobe pieces stay the same from year and will not need to be replaced annually, unless a child grows. Wardrobe exchanges for outgrown pieces exist.)
  • Travel: All travel with OVCC is completely optional. OVCC does not have a regularly scheduled tour, and all travel opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis. When travel must be at families’ expense, fundraising opportunities are provided.

Limited scholarship funds are available for those who qualify, and can be applied towards tuition and some wardrobe expenses. Scholarship funds may not be applied towards registration fees and travel.

Please be advised that all financial commitments posted are only valid for the 2017/18 year. All costs are subject to change in future years.

When / How do children practice their songs?
When you become a member, you will receive a username and password to our Choir Member Section, where you can download practice tracks (mp3) as well as sheet music. When we meet for weekly practice, students are expected to know the material.

If children of different ages are all in the same group, where do you set the musical standard?
Much of our material splits into 3 or 4 parts, up to 7 parts. You will be surprised at what these young children you can do if you believe in them and instruct them well.

Do you sing religious material?
We are non-denominational, and we have children of various faiths and walks of life. Although we do sing Christian music during Christmas or Easter time, our production is generally categorized as “inspirational” rather than religious.

What types of events do you perform at?
Media events (TV appearance, singing live on radio, etc.), sporting events (national anthem at JAZZ, Bees, REAL, Blaze, etc.), opening act for other artists, business conventions, and benefit concerts for other non-profits and charity organizations. Most of all, our motivation for performing is to bless, not to impress. Giving back to the community and reaching out to those in need are the best way to accomplish our mission.

Do children sing AND dance on stage?
Our focus is on singing. Occasionally, we add simple choreography (like snapping, swaying, or clapping.) You don’t need to be a dancer to be involved in this choir. We also spend some time covering basic music theory and college-level dictation, solfege (with movable Do’s), interval recognition as well as vocal training in Pop, Broadway, and Classical styles.