Ultimately, SGC is an organization that has taught me the experience of how everyone’s individual efforts can come together to produce a result that is greater than the sum of its parts. As I put it in my college application, “Even if I worked eight times as hard, or eight times as long, I can’t produce a result that matches eight of us singing together.” – Lisi Case, Class of ’18
Non-Auditioned Prep Choir, Piccolini
Primarily 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.
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Primarily for girls 2nd grade and older, the first step in joining the Seattle Girls Choir is to fill out and submit 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 (primarily girls entering 5th or 6th 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.
And girls older than 6th grade will be asked to demonstrate their music theory knowledge, sight-singing ability, and her aural skills in a slightly longer audition appointment. This is to better evaluate a candidates potential fit in our higher level choirs where girls have more tenure with the program’s instruction.