How to Audition & Join

We are delighted that you are interested in joining Brooklyn Youth Chorus! A student’s acceptance and division assignment are based on his or her age, vocal ability, and musical experience. A love of singing and enthusiasm for music are the most important requirements.

Most new choristers begin in one of the Training Divisions (Levels 1 – 6 and Men’s Training), organized by both age and level of skill and experience. Advanced singers (ages 12+) may be placed in one of the Performing Ensembles (Junior and Concert Ensembles for treble voices and the Men’s Ensemble for boys with changed voices).

Auditions for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 season will be held in April/May 2017.  If space is available, we will hold auditions November 2016 for the mid-season registration in January 2017.  To be notified when audition sign-ups are taking place, add your name to the Audition Notification List.  Please note you will only be contacted about the November auditions if space is available in your child’s division. Otherwise, you will be contacted in Spring 2017.

Approximately one week after your child has auditioned, you will receive notification as to your child’s division and level placement with instructions on how to register for the program.

Audition and Training Level Age Divisions

Preparatory (ages 7-9): choristers born in years 2007-09
Pre-Teen (ages 10-12): choristers born in years 2004-06
Teen (ages 13+): choristers born in 2003 or earlier
Young Men with changed voices (ages 12 – 21): boys with changed voices (tenor or bass)

Audition Procedures

Auditions are conducted in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The student will perform simple pitch-matching exercises, sing scales, and sing the familiar song “Happy Birthday.” All chorus members are reevaluated annually to assess their progress and determine their readiness for placement into more advanced chorus divisions.

The audition lasts between 5-10 minutes. Students are seen in the order they arrive and are free to go when their audition is over.

Auditions are held free of charge.

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