2020-2021 Audition Information

We are thrilled that you want to be a part of the Colleyville Heritage Panther Choir.  We have many ensembles designed to fit the needs of all students interested in singing. Because of our current school shut down we are making modifications to our audition process this year to best serve all students interested in singing. Auditions are designed not to exclude students, but to place them in the appropriate developmental ensemble so that we can best encourage your continued musical development. Auditions are not required. You may enter the choir program by simply enrolling as all students interested in singing are allowed in the Panther Choirs with or without audition. For 2020-2021 Auditions will only be required for admission to Panther Chorale, Ovation Jazz Choir, and Di Voce Jazz Choir. 

PLEASE NOTE: We realize that in this time of school closure many things can be affecting your ability to submit your best audition.  Please contact Mr. Rinn via email to discuss options if you encounter any problems so that we may help you. 

Audition Instructions   

FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE PANTHER CHOIR PROGRAM, SELECTIONS FROM SEVERAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED OF ALL STUDENTS WILL BE USED AS PART OF YOUR AUDITION. IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT AN AUDITION FOR PANTHER CHORALE YOU SHOULD COMPLETE THE TWO REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS BELOW AND UPLOAD USING THE FORM ON THE RIGHT BY MAY 1, 2020.

Assignments Required of all students completed as part of your Distance Learning Assignments

1. Irish Blessing Video (due at different time depending on your choir)

2. End of Year Vocal Assessment (see instructions) 

Any students wishing to audition for Panther Chorale:

Students must schedule a "live" online sightreading audition with Mr. Rinn and Mr. Gilliland. You can sign up for a time using Mr. Rinn's appointment calendar. When it is time for your audition, you should join the live WebEx at https://gcisd.webex.com/meet/thomas.rinn. You will be placed in a "waiting room" and we will admit you as soon as we have completed the previous audition. Sight reading will be equivalent to the LEVEL 3 examples linked on this page. 

Sightreading Audition Times (please contact Mr. Rinn via email if you need an alternate time)

Current 10th-11th Grade Students

Wednesday, April 15 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursday, April 16 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

 

Current 8th-9th Grade Students

Wednesday, April 22 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursday, April 23 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Preparing for your Sightreading Evaluation 

Your preparation for a sightreading evaluation happens every day that you are engaged in a choir class. The goal of this is to determine your current level of music reading ability so that we can continue to develop your musicianship. It is expected that this ability varies among our students and it is not expected that every student be ale to perfectly read the most advanced examples. Mistakes are acceptable and expected. 

In order to further prepare yourself for the sightreading audition use the resources on this page. Procedures for your online sight-reading audition are as follows:

  1. Schedule your time on Mr. Rinn's Appointment Calendar

  2. Use the resources on this page to prepare. Your audition for Panther Chorale will contain sightreading at Level 3

  3. Use the sightreading audio prompts to get your pitch and get an understanding of practice time (we will use these during your WebEx Audition)

  4. Several minutes before your audition, login to the WebEx conference using this link  You will be placed in a digital "lobby" and we will admit you when the person before you finishes. 

  5. We will share a sight-reading exercise with you via screen share and then begin the audio prompt. 

  6. The recording will say “You may now look at your sight-reading exercise” and the tonic chord Do Mi So Mi Do So Do will be played followed by the first note of the exercise; turn over the exercise and study. You may sing, chant, and/or audiate during your study time. You may not play the melody on any device. You will have 30 seconds to study the melody.

  7. At the completion of the study period, the recording will say "please stop" at which time you will begin your video recording.  The tonic chord will be played again Do Mi Do Mi Do So Do followed by the first note of the exercise.  (you may, are encouraged to,  sing with it)

  8. Sing the exercise using solfege and hand signs at a tempo of your choice. If you are unable to sing using solfege, you may use a neutral syllable of your choice, however, your knowledge of solfege will be considered in your audition.

Any students wishing to audition for Ovation Jazz Choir or Di Voce Jazz Choir:

As a result of the exetnded school closure, we will hold preliminary auditions for Jazz choirs via recorded videos following the parameters below. If you have completed a sightreading audition for Panther Chorlae we can use that score as part of your Jazz Audition. If you did not audition for Panther Chorale or would like sightread an additional time for us, please email Mr. Rinn to schedule a sightreading audition time. 

 

We welcome any student that will be enrolled in the CHHS Panther Choir Program during the 2020-2021 school year to audition for Jazz. 

Please prepare the following and submit no later than 4pm on Monday, May 4th via the form below. 

Select a short excerpt from a jazz, pop, or musical theatre song to perform as a solo for the judges. This only needs to be approximately 16 measures - not an entire song. Choose the part that you believe best shows off your voice and physical presentation of the song. You should sing with a recorded accompaniment (karaoke track). You will be evaluated by three judges on both your singing and stage presence / expression during this performance using the following sytem:

Vocal Tone - 10 points

Fundamentals (pitch/rhythm) - 10 points

Style (as appropriate to the music you are singing) - 10 points

Performance (Stage Presence, Facial Expression, etc) - 10 points

Please submit your Jazz Audition Using THIS FORM

 

 

 

 

 

Audition Resources
Sightreading Practice
 

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