Promotions normally occur at the end of the spring semester, not at mid-year. It is common for a chorister to stay in a level for two years before being promoted since concepts build from level to level.
While some music skills are quantifiable, most are not. Evaluating a chorister’s musical ability, vocal development, focus, and readiness for advancement is often subjective. Our conductors, who are familiar with each girl’s rehearsal behavior and musical strengths, make the ultimate decision.
When promoting from Allegra to Cantamus each chorister will prepare and sing a solo for her peers. The conductor of Cantamus will be a guest in rehearsal the day solos are sung. The solo is part of the process of the promotion.
When promoting from Cantamus to Prime Voci there are a few steps to ensure that candidates are ready in terms of musicianship as well as commitment. After reviewing candidates who will be in at least 9th grade the following year with Mr. Gagiu, Jake gives an overview of the next steps to all of Cantamus. This discussion happens in the winter. Girls wanting to move forward with the process will then take a theory evaluation test scheduled toward the end of April. At the same time Jake meets with each candidate to assess her sight-singing skills and to discuss his expectations and answer her questions. This is a natural point in the process that the candidate and Jake mutually agree that she should proceed or not in the process. Following the spring concert each candidate will sing her solo for a current PV chorister and receive valuable peer feedback. Then the candidate sings the solo for Prime Voci.