Audition for fall season of South Sound Youth Choir

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South Sound Youth Choir is a treble choir for singers in third through eighth grades. Weekly rehearsals are Mondays from 4:30-6 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma. Auditions for the fall 2018 season are Aug. 13 and 27. Rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 10.

SSYC, a skillfully designed and administered curriculum of top-quality musical literature and educational activities, invites and inspires young singers to become confident choral musicians. A playful, sequential and developmentally appropriate approach to instruction encourages students to apply higher-order thinking skills as they learn music theory and develop musical artistry. Individuals are guided and challenged to achieve a broad and deep understanding of music and are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own learning and the success of the ensemble.

Rehearsals begin with warm-ups designed to focus attention, develop healthy vocal technique and build music literacy skills. We then apply what we’ve learned as we prepare a wide variety of concert literature. Rehearsals are fun, fast-paced, and often include skill and community-building games and activities.

SSYC is looking for capable singers who work well with others, are self-motivated and polite. Singers should be able to match pitch, maintain focus, and apply instruction to their own work.

Auditions are by appointment.

The process:

Singers should be prepared to sing one unaccompanied verse of one of the following songs: “America the Beautiful,” “Silent Night” or “Happy Birthday.” Singers may also be asked to sing some patterns and scales. Singers will learn a new song in a small group.

Tuition is $75 per month (September through June), $67.50/month for each additional family member. Tuition may be paid in a lump sum at the beginning of the year, or monthly automated electronic payments may be arranged.

Singers referring new members will receive a $50 tuition discount. By joining SSYC, singers are committing their time and energies to the chorus for the September through June season and are expected to participate in all rehearsals and concerts. Additional one-time expenses, including uniforms, are not included in tuition.

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