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).

Audition and Training Level Age Divisions

Preparatory (ages 7-9): choristers born in years 2008-10
Pre-Teen (ages 10-12): choristers born in years 2005-07
Teen (ages 13+): choristers born in 2004 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

To schedule an audition, visit our Parent Portal using the account you already created, or if you have not yet created one, create a new account.

Schedule an audition

We hold auditions on a rolling basis until all slots are filled, so if you do not see an audition slot for your child’s age group, please add your name to the Audition Notification List.

Audition Notification List

 

Please only register for a slot if you are certain you can make the audition.

The times below are upcoming audition dates for the Spring semester of the 2017-18 season. Auditions take place at our headquarters, located at 179 Pacific Street in Brooklyn:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 7, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 13, 3:30-4:30 pm

Please note you can only register for an audition slot based on your child’s age (as of the date of the audition), and slots are reserved for various age groups during the times above.

2017-18 Season / Rehearsal Schedule & Registration

If accepted into the program, students will be placed in a specific division and level (based on age and skill.) Registration for the Spring 2018 semester, for newly accepted students, will begin in early December. We will notify you by email when registration opens and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The current rehearsal time commitment for Training Divisions choristers is as follows:

Prep (ages 7-9)

  • Level 1 & 2: 1 hour, 1 day / week

Pre-Teen (ages 10-12)

  • Level 3: 1.5 hours, 1 day / week
  • Level 4: 2 hours, 1 day / week
  • Level 5: 2 hours, 1 day / week + extra 2 hour rehearsal approximately 2 times / month

Teen (ages 13+)

  • Level 6: 2 hours, 1 day / week + extra 2 hour rehearsal approximately 2 times / month

Men’s Training (boys with changed voices)

  • 1.5 hours, 1 day / week

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

 

Tuition & Financial Aid

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.