Auditions

If you have a good voice, sound musicality and a quick ear, and want to sing with a friendly and dynamic choir, then try Hertfordshire Chorus.

Under normal circumstances you would be welcome to attend one of our regular rehearsals, followed by an in-person audition with our Music Director, David Temple.

Due to the restrictions of the current coronavirus outbreak we are offering the opportunity to audition online from the comfort of your own home using Zoom.

Audition information leaflet

Who can audition?

We are always looking for good new singers to join us, so anyone can audition. We are committed to growing in strength through diversity and inclusivity and we give a warm welcome to everyone who passes the audition.

Get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you. The online audition will be with our Musical Director, David Temple, and will take about 15 minutes. We can arrange a day and time that’s convenient for you. To request an audition, email us at membership@hertfordshirechorus.org.uk

We are looking for strong pleasant voices, the ability to sing in tune, and a range of about two octaves. Sight reading is not part of the audition procedure.  If you pass the audition, you will need to learn how to read music if you are not already a confident music reader. Previous experience singing in a choir may help you to know what is expected, but is not essential to pass the audition.

We will start normal rehearsals again as soon as it is safe to do so. If you would prefer to attend a rehearsal before auditioning, and would like us to tell you when these re-start, please contact us at membership@hertfordshirechorus.org.uk

 

The online audition

The audition will be on Zoom with David Temple, our Musical Director and a member of our recruitment team. You will be asked to sing one or two verses, unaccompanied, of a piece you have prepared in advance. You will need to download and choose from one of the following:

Once in Royal David’s City (carol)
Jerusalem (hymn)
The Ash Grove (folk song)

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.

Before your audition

Choose your unaccompanied piece.
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.
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.
Location. Find a quiet location for your audition. The place you choose should be quiet and free from external noise or distractions.

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 attending online rehearsals) and will be able to attend choir events when they are permitted.

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.

Installing 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.

For laptops and desktop computers, download the desktop client:
https://zoom.us/support/download (download starts automatically)

For smart phones or tablets, download the app from:
Apple app store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id546505307)
Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings)

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 membership@hertfordshirechorus.org.uk

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