Your audition

We’re currently holding online auditions on Zoom, which is an online meeting application that you can easily install onto any device. This gives you a unique opportunity to fast track your entry into Crouch End Festival Chorus – and all from the comfort of your own home.

If you’re available to rehearse on Friday evenings, are aged 18+ and have a strong and pleasant voice with a range of about two octaves, we’d love to hear from you.

The audition will be with our Music Director, David Temple, and will take about 15 minutes. It can be arranged for a day and time that’s convenient for you. 

Request an audition: fill out the New Members enquiry form or email newmembers@cefc.org.uk

If you have a disability, please let us know whether we need to make any adjustment to facilitate your audition and/or participation in the choir. You can either add your requirements when you complete the New Members enquiry form or contact us directly at newmembers@cefc.org.uk.

Who can audition?

Anyone can audition. We want to grow in strength through diversity and inclusivity and we welcome everyone who passes the audition. Here are some tips about what we’re looking for.

Your voice

You should have a strong voice that is pleasant in tone, is in tune and has a range of about two octaves (as a rough guide, sopranos and tenors = low B to high B and altos and basses = low F to high F).

Your experience

We don’t expect you to be able to sight read but you should be able to read music competently so that you can learn your part of a four-part choral piece.

If you’ve been a member of a choir previously, it may help you to know what to expect when joining the choir, but it’s not required to successfully pass the audition. 

The online audition

The audition will take about 15 minutes and will be with our Music Director, David Temple and a member of the recruitment team.

You’ll be asked to sing one or two verses, unaccompanied, of a piece you’ve prepared in advance. You can download and choose from any of the following pieces:

David will also check your vocal range and listening skills by asking you to sing a few scales and repeat some short musical phrases.

In a short informal chat, David will ask you about your vocal experience and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the choir.

Audition results

You’ll be contacted soon after your online audition (usually within 24 hours) to let you know if you’ve been successful.

If you are successful, you’ll be formally welcomed into the choir and will receive choir communications (including information about resuming Covid-secure rehearsals) and can attend choir events.

If you are not successful using the online option, you can still request to attend an in-person audition with David when we resume normal rehearsals.

Before your audition

Prepare your unaccompanied piece

Download the music from the selection below.

Practice your piece until you are able to sing it confidently and without stopping.

Install Zoom

You will need to install Zoom before your audition. We recommend you do it at least a day in advance in case you have any issues.

If you need help installing or using Zoom, please check the Zoom help pages here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac, or contact us at newmembers@cefc.org.uk

Check your microphone and audio

Whichever device you decide to use, you will need to make sure that your microphone and audio is working so that you can hear David and he can hear you.

Warm up your voice

This is your chance to showcase yourself so you should warm up your voice as well as you can immediately prior to the audition. Breathing exercises and rising and falling vocal exercises will help. 

Find a quiet location for your audition

The place you choose for your audition should be quiet and free from external noise or distractions.

Ok, I want to audition! What next?

Just fill out the New Members enquiry form or email newmembers@cefc.org.uk to arrange your online audition.


 

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