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Ellen Doring and Paul Lavin, Directors
Audition Requirements are drawn from the requirements for Junior All State Chorus. The Accompanied Piece is "Awake the Harp," by F. J. Haydn, arr. by Rentz (Shawnee Press, A-2223, SATB). For GT Chorus, students should sing measures 1 - 25 for S, A or T, and through 23 for bass. Students should be prepared to sing their part along with the accompaniment CD. (Teachers may obtain a copy of the CD as directed in the MMEA 2008-2009 All State Auditions Handbook.) Only original music may be used (photocopies may not be used.Audition requirements are similar to those for All State as to the two prepared pieces and Level I rhythmic and melodic sightreading. The Haydn’s Awake The Harp (arr by Rentz, Shawnee Press, A-2223) will be sung through measure 25 for S, A or T and through measure 23 for bass. O Music must be sung from memory and a cappella. There will be only one melodic and one rhythmic sight-reading example to perform – this is different from the All State audition.
A cappella Song. Be prepared to sing from memory and without accompaniment, "O Music" in the appropriate key. (Your director has copies of the music and starting chord voicings.) Chords, as indicated, will be played on the audition CD; students must find their starting pitch from the chord.
Students will also need to walk in triple meter while clapping in duple meter and singing pure open vowels.
Sightreading. Rhythmic: Students will be asked to perform one rhythmic sightreading example. This is different than the All State audition requirements. They may choose to clap, tap or say syllables. The example will be four measures long and may include a variety of rhythmic values. Simple syncopated rhythms will be included. Students will be given a short practice time and can practice out loud or silently. Students will be asked to establish tempo by counting one measure before beginning the example. Melodic: Students will be asked to perform one melodic sightreading example. This is different than the All State audition requirements. They may choose to sing with syllables, numbers, or on a neutral vowel. The example will be four measures in length, will include any pitches on the C major scale and may cover a one-octave range. The same examples will be available in the key of E (optional for tenors). The tenors singing in the key of E may opt to read in either the key of E or C. All examples will be presented in treble and bass clefs. (Your director has sightreading examples that you may view.)
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