How to Audition & Join

Thank you so much for your interest in Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Auditions for the current season are now closed, but we will open a new round of auditions for the 2018-2019 season in March 2018.

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).

Audition and Training Level Age Divisions

Preparatory (ages 7-9): choristers born in years 2009-11
Pre-Teen (ages 10-12): choristers born in years 2006-08
Teen (ages 13+): choristers born in 2005 or earlier
Young Men with changed voices (ages 12 – 21): boys with changed voices (tenor or bass)

Audition Procedures

Students do not need to prepare anything. Auditions are conducted in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The student will perform simple pitch-matching exercises, sing scales, and sing “Happy Birthday.” 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.

To Schedule an Audition

If you would like to receive an email notification when new audition dates are announced, please click below. Here’s a quick snapshot of the audition, acceptance, and registration process.

  1. You sign-up for an audition on our Parent Portal.
  2. Your child completes an audition. (Auditions will be held on a rolling basis from March to August 2018).
  3. Notice of acceptance and chorus placement is sent via email by July 2018.
  4. Registration will open for new students in early summer.
  5. Chorus rehearsals for the 2018-19 season will begin in September 2018.
Audition Notification List

Rehearsal Schedule

If accepted into the program, students will be placed in a specific division and level (based on age and skill.) The current rehearsal time commitment for Training Divisions choristers is as follows:

Prep (ages 7-9)

  • 1 hour, 1 day/week

Pre-Teen (ages 10-12)

  • Between 1.5 and 2 hours, 1 day/week, with extra 2-hour rehearsal approximately 2x/month, depending on level placement

Teen (ages 13+)

  • 2 hours, 1 day/week, plus extra 2-hour rehearsal approximately 2x/month

Men’s Training (boys with changed voices)

  • 1.5 hours, 1 day/week

All chorus members are re-evaluated annually to assess their progress and determine their readiness for placement into more advanced chorus divisions.


Registration, Tuition, and Financial Aid

Registration is completed online. If you do not have access to a computer, we recommend using your local public library or an internet service center. Space is limited, and registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Several classes reach capacity more rapidly than others. We encourage registering at your earliest possible convenience. If you are unable to enroll due to a class reaching capacity, we will open a waitlist.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus charges annual tuition and is determined by the student’s placement. We encourage all interested singers to audition, regardless of economic circumstances. More information about tuition and financial aid will be included in your acceptance email.

If you receive an acceptance email, you will be notified of our financial aid application and process. Families may need to provide evidence of receiving social services benefits or tax returns and pay stubs as part of the application process. You do not need to be receiving social services benefits to qualify for financial aid.