Choral & Voice


2018/2019 FACULTY OF MUSIC CHOIRS AT A GLANCE (Schedules do not include dress rehearsals and performances)

  • MacMillan Singers: Mon & Wed 3:00-5:00pm David Fallis
  • Women’s Chamber Choir: Tues & Thurs 3:00-5:00pm Lori-Anne Dolloff
  • Women’s Chorus: Mon & Wed 3:00-5:00pm Elaine Choi
  • Men’s Chorus: Tues & Thurs 3:00-5:00pm Mark Ramsay

Choral Area Syllabus 2018-2019

U of T CHORAL ENSEMBLE ATTENDANCE POLICY 18-19

NOTE: Auditions are a requirement of the Faculty of Music and assigned appointments must be kept. Make-up auditions are difficult to schedule and will be granted only on the basis of medical documentation or for extraordinary circumstances with notification in advance and permission granted by the Choir Faculty and/or Voice Department. These requests should be submitted directly to the Performance Office, performance.music@utoronto.ca

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

Auditions are required for all Faculty of Music Ensembles. Non-Voice Students for Choir placement are scheduled on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. These auditions will determine ensemble assignments for the 2018-19 academic year.

ENSEMBLE ASSIGNMENTS are made by the University Faculty based on the quality of audition performance, musicianship, ensemble background and level of singing skill. All major ensembles at the Faculty of Music require a minimum of four to six hours of rehearsal per week. Students must keep their academic schedules free during ensemble hours.

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

  • Prepare your own voice part (SATB) for Three Songs of Memory: I. Song (measures 1–17) on text.  You will be given your starting pitch and the key, and you may sing a cappella or with the piano playing the other parts, not yours.  An accompanist will be provided.

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

  • Prepare Down By the Salley Gardens (measures 4– 20) in ANY comfortable key, on text.  If the key of C is too low for you, for example, raise it.  We will have you sing unaccompanied.

In addition:

  • Everyone will do aural skills tests, including “sing-backs,” where you hear patterns played on the piano and then you repeat them on “lah.”
  • Everyone will sight-sing a melody, either on a neutral syllable (like “lah”) or on solfege syllables (doh, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, doh), if you are comfortable with those.
  • Some people may be asked to do an additional example, a melody on text.
  • Sight-reading is an important part of the audition because all of our choirs work from notated scores and cover a lot of repertoire in a season.

NON-VOICE FOR CHOIR SCHEDULE:

Non-Voice Majors Choral Placement Schedule as of Aug 23 – Tues Sept 4

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time. Warm up room numbers will be posted on the performance bulletin board outside Room 107.

Please complete and bring this CHOIR AUDITION/EVALUATION FORM to your audition.

An accompanist will be provided.

 

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 and are scheduled on September 4-6, 2018. These UVAs determine both your ensemble and solo performance assignments for the 2018-19 academic year, as well as your consideration for designated awards and master classes.

Ensemble assignments are made by the University Faculty based on the quality of your audition performance, ensemble background, musicianship and vocal skill. All major ensembles at the Faculty of Music require a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of rehearsal per week. All students must keep their academic schedules free during ensemble hours.

Determinations will be made at this time for VOICE MASTER CLASSES, SOLO PERFORMANCES and DESIGNATED AWARDS.
UVA Opportunities 2018

The Audition Faculty will include Voice Instructors and Choir Conductors.

Please follow the instructions as outlined for your program of study:

MUSIC EDUCATION, COMPREHENSIVE, COMPOSITION, HISTORY THEORY AND COMMON YEAR Voice Majors, in any year:

  • Prepare a piece of your own choice no more than 2 minutes in length (an excerpt from a larger work is acceptable). Please bring 1 copy of your music for the accompanist.

In addition (for ensemble auditions only):

  • Prepare your own voice part (SATB) for In the Sun In the Sand By the Sea (m. 1–25) on text. You will be given your starting pitch and the key, and you may sing a cappella or with the piano playing the other parts, not yours.
  • Everyone will do aural skills tests, including “sing-backs,” where you hear patterns played on the piano and then you repeat them on “lah.”
  • Everyone will sight-sing a melody, either on a neutral syllable (like “lah”) or on solfege syllables (doh, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, doh), if you are comfortable with those.
  • Some people may be asked to do an additional example, a melody on text.
  • Sight-reading is an important part of the audition because all of our choirs work from notated scores and cover a lot of repertoire in a season.

An accompanist will be provided.

 

PERFORMANCE Voice Majors in Undergraduate, Artist Diploma, Opera Diploma, Opera Undergrad, ACP, MusM and new DMA:

  • Prepare two pieces of your own choice totalling no more than 3 minutes in length (an excerpt from a larger work is acceptable). Please bring 1 copy of your music for the accompanist.

In addition (for ensemble auditions only):

  • Prepare your own voice part (SATB) for In the Sun In the Sand By the Sea (m. 1–25) on text. You will be given your starting pitch and the key, and you may sing a cappella or with the piano playing the other parts, not yours.
  • Everyone will do aural skills tests, including “sing-backs,” where you hear patterns played on the piano and then you repeat them on “lah.”
  • Everyone will sight-sing a melody, either on a neutral syllable (like “lah”) or on solfege syllables (doh, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, doh), if you are comfortable with those.
  • Some people may be asked to do an additional example, a melody on text.
  • Sight-reading is an important part of the audition because all of our choirs work from notated scores and cover a lot of repertoire in a season.

An accompanist will be provided.

 

UVA Schedules:

All Opera, Historical, Masters, 1st yr DMA as of Aug 23 – Tues Sept 4 2018
MusEd/Comprehensive/Composition/History/Theory/CommonYr, all years and Performance yr 1 & 2 as of Aug 30 – Wed Sept 5 2018
Performance yr 3 & 4 (non-Opera), Artist Diploma, Advanced Certificate in Performance as of Jun 29 – Thurs Sept 6 2018

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Warm up room numbers are listed in brackets on the schedules.
  • For those auditioning for Choir placement, please complete and bring this CHOIR AUDITION/EVALUATION FORM to your audition.

An accompanist will be provided. Students must use the accompanist provided.

If you would like to audition for any other ensembles, or if you have any questions, please contact the Performance Office

 

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