For girls going into Kindergarten and 1st grade we have a prep choir called Piccolini. This non-
auditioned choir provides a foundation for choral singing including vocal tone, breathing, and an introduction to pitch, rhythm, and movement. Please click here for more information and to sign-up.
For girls 2nd grade and older, the first step in joining the Seattle Girls Choir is to fill out and send in the Placement Audition Application Form. Auditioning for choir is not as difficult as the term “audition” implies. Our placement auditions are a forum to get acquainted with the candidate and a parent, hear her voice and ability to match pitch, make adjustments to instruction given, and determine potential placement in our program. These appointments last approximately 15 minutes.
Each candidate will be asked:
- To sing a song of her choice. This song need not be complicated — we just want to hear her singing something she enjoys that demonstrates her voice. The song can be from a musical, a hymn, a folk song, something from a movie, from school, an art song, or a lighter pop song (something like Sara Bareilles might be OK, but probably not Joan Jett .) We look for potential, rather than polished performances.
- To sing the first verse of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” with piano accompaniment (provided by us.)
- To match single pitches and pitches within chords. Being able to hear a note and sing it back is critical in our audition process and evaluation.
Older girls (girls entering 5th grade and up) may also be asked to demonstrate a basic knowledge of music theory (staff note names, rhythmic values, etc) and/or some proficiency in sight-singing.
Placement auditions are by appointment and held regularly in September and June (January as space permits).
Click this link to open our PDF packet of audition information.
Print and complete the form found on the last two pages of the packet then mail or email it in. Upon receipt you will be contacted to schedule an audition and to confirm the location.
For girls in the 5th grade and higher we will no longer be offering Placement Auditions in January as we have found it is difficult to catch up on instruction with the choirs at that age level. We do highly encourage you to audition in May in order to consider attending Choir Camp in August. Camp is a wonderful time to make friends, get up to speed, and join the returning choristers as they begin working on fall repertoire.
If you have any questions please email audition @seattlegirlschoir.org or
call (206) 526-1900
For more info on Tuition and Financial Aid click here.