CHORAL & VOICE

2021/2022 FACULTY OF MUSIC CHOIRS AT A GLANCE

  • MacMillan Singers: Mon & Wed 3:00-6:00pm Jamie Hillman
  • Chamber Choir: Mon & Wed 3:00-6:00pm Lori-Anne Dolloff
  • Soprano/Alto Chorus: Tues & Thurs 3:00-6:00pm Elaine Choi
  • Tenor/Bass Chorus: Tues & Thurs 3:00-6:00pm Lawrence Wiliford & Jamie Hillman

Choirs must reserve 6 hours/week; rehearsals limited to 4 hours/week.

Please read through the requirements and procedures below (scroll down for UVA information for Voice students), and then go to the following link to submit your recorded audition:

All Choirs Meeting:  Friday, September 10, 3:30pm, Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/86543563360
Meeting ID: 865 4356 3360
Passcode: 569294


Choral Ensembles for Non-Voice Students (including Piano, Organ and Accordion Majors)

Auditions are required for all Faculty of Music Ensembles. These auditions will determine choir ensemble assignments for the 2021-22 academic year.

ENSEMBLE ASSIGNMENTS are based on the quality of audition performance, musicianship, ensemble background, and level of singing skill. The Audition Faculty will include Choir Conductors.

Choir Placement Auditions will be done by video recording and video conferencing this year.

  • The choir audition should be video recorded in the manner of a live performance as one unedited, continuous take.
  • Please aim for the highest quality audio that can be produced given your resources (e.g., use an external microphone rather than your device’s built in microphone, if possible).
  • Be sure you are centred in the video, that your face is clearly visible and the camera is at a level to look at you directly.
  • The recording can be a link to a video platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or a link to the actual video MP4 file (Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, UofT’s MyMedia, etc.).
  • Once your recording is ready to submit, please go to this link. You will need to log in with your utoronto e-mail address.
  • Deadline to submit your recording is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Live Virtual Audition Schedules for Non-Voice Students:

NON-VOICE students in any program, who have sung in a choir previously or taken voice classes:

  • Pre-Recorded Audition, due by Wednesday, September 1, 2021:
    • Prepare your own voice part (SATB) for Music When Soft Voices Die (mm. 1-13) on text. You may sing a cappella or with the piano playing the other parts, not yours.  Accompaniment tracks can be downloaded here (please choose track according to your voice part).
  • Live Virtual Audition, via video conference, 5 minutes in length, September 7-9 (individual schedule posted above):
    • Aural skill tests: two short sing-backs on neutral syllable.
    • Sight-sing a melody on neutral syllable or on solfege.
    • Range check if needed.
  • Choir Information Form, be sure to complete the “Choir Section” of the recording submission form.

NON-VOICE students without any choral experience at all (e.g. piano majors who have never sung in a choir):

  • Pre-Recorded Audition, due by Wednesday, September 1, 2021:
    • Prepare Down By the Salley Gardens (m. 1-20) in ANY comfortable key, on text.  If the key of C is too low for you, for example, raise the key.   You may sing a cappella or with the piano.  Accompaniment tracks with various keys can be downloaded here.
  • Live Virtual Audition, via video conference, 5 minutes in length, September 7-9 (individual schedule posted above):
    • Aural skill tests: two short sing-backs on neutral syllable.
    • Sight-sing a melody on neutral syllable or on solfège.
    • Range check if needed.
  • Choir Information Form, be sure to complete the Choir Experience Section of the recording submission form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Performance Office

 


UNIFIED VOCAL AUDITIONS FOR CHOIR PLACEMENTS, MASTER CLASSES, PERFORMANCES and DESIGNATED AWARDS

Unified Vocal Auditions are required for all voice students in all programs (graduate and undergraduate) at the Faculty of Music. These UVAs determine both your ensemble and solo performance assignments for the 2021-22 academic year, as well as your consideration for designated awards and master classes.

Ensemble assignments are made based on the quality of your audition performance, ensemble background, musicianship and vocal skill.

Determinations will be made at this time for:  UVA Opportunities 2021 (to come)

The Audition Faculty will include Voice Instructors and Choir Conductors as appropriate.

UVAs will be done by video recording this year (due by Wed Sept 1).

  • The UVA should be video recorded in the manner of a live performance as one unedited, continuous take.
  • Please aim for the highest quality audio that can be produced given your resources (e.g., use an external microphone rather than your device’s built in microphone, if possible).
  • Be sure you are centred in the video, that your face is clearly visible and the camera is at a level to look at you directly.
  • Piano tracks as accompaniment are acceptable.
  • The recording should be as current as possible, showing your current skills.  However, it can be from within 2021.
  • The recording can be a link to a video platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or a link to the actual video file, MP4 (Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, UofT’s MyMedia, etc.).  Be sure the link is accessible until at least the end of September.
  • Once your recording is ready to submit, please go to this link to upload your video. You will need to log in with your utoronto e-mail address.
  • Deadline to submit your recording is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

ALL VOICE STUDENTS IN ALL PROGRAMS AND YEARS OF STUDY:

  • Prepare one song or aria of your own choice totaling 3-4 minutes in length (an excerpt from a larger work is acceptable).

In addition (for choral ensemble auditions only, no matter your program of study):

  • Pre-Recorded Audition, to be submitted as a separate video link:
    • Prepare your own voice part (SATB) for Music When Soft Voices Die (m. 14-33) on text. You may sing a cappella or with the piano playing the other parts, not yours.  Accompaniment tracks can be downloaded here (please choose track according to your voice part).
  • Live Virtual Audition, via video conference, 5 minutes in length:
  • Choir Information Form, be sure to complete the “Choir Section” of the recording submission form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Performance Office

 


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