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Audition Details for Spring 2022

About the group:

NYCC is a semi-pro ensemble—we've got some members who are trained/professional singers, and some folks without a lot of training who have just been doing this for a while and love choral music. We're laid back but we make music at a pretty high level! Singers aren't paid (nor is our director, nor is any of the board) but no one pays dues or has to sell a certain number of concert tickets or anything like that. We welcome singers of all genders on all voice parts.


We're a really friendly group: most people go out for drinks/hanging out after rehearsal, and once a season we go for a weekend retreat (just spending the weekend at an Airbnb outside the city, or something).

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Of course, the socializing is totally optional (we know that everyone has busy schedules), but this is all to say that we like each other and have fun together. [Note: the specifics of how we socialize are different/still being worked out in pandemic times, but the spirit remains!]

 

In terms of repertoire, we sing a little bit of everything from the classical canon. Our last full season was all Renaissance madrigals; this season is French Impressionist music (Debussy, Ravel, Duruflé, Poulenc, and Messiaen).

COVID precautions:

  • stay home if you're sick (this one should be a given)

  • vax and booster required for all members, accompanists, etc.

  • better-than-cloth masks required during rehearsal (KN95 or multi-layer singer's mask)

    • KN95s provided if you don't have your own

  • windows open during rehearsals, and an air purifier in the rehearsal space

  • while numbers are high, higher-risk members encouraged to test before rehearsal (at their discretion)

    • some NYCC-provided rapid tests are available for people who want to test and can't find their own

  • if case counts / % positivity / ICU capacity used get too high, we'll pivot temporarily to virtual/outdoor rehearsals

 

Dates/times to know:

  • rehearsals Tuesday evenings, 7-9:15PM on the Upper West Side (72nd st. and Broadway)

  • concert Sat. May 7th at 7PM (call time: 5PM)

    • with a dress rehearsal Fri. May 6th 7-9:30PM

    • all at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian near Lincoln Center

 

About the audition:

The audition consists of

  1. some vocalizing, to warm you up and get a sense of your range/tone

  2. some aural skills exercise to get an idea of your ear

  3. [if in person] singing a bit with an NYCC member, to see how you hold a part and function in a choral setting

  4. some sightreading (a great skill to have, but not necessary if you're willing to put in the work to learn the music)

  5. a prepared piece, your choice -- you singing about a minute of anything you feel comfortable with that you think shows off your voice to its best advantage

What to prepare:

  • [if in person] The first 12 bars of If Ye Love Me (your choice of part), for singing with an NYCC member

  • Your prepared piece, which can be anything and any genre

  • Any questions you have about the group!