What is the time commitment involved?
Rehearsals are Monday and Tuesday after school from 2:15-3:15 (occasionally later when needed).
There are also several Saturday rehearsals throughout the year (2 or 3 as we get closer to performances).
Heavy time commitment involved in December as we perform throughout the community.
How is the group selected?
The audition process for this group is different than most other auditions. The goal is to achieve the best blend of voices possible, so everyone auditions at the same time. Returning members must also attend so that potential new members can be matched with their voices to create the whole group sound. Factors that go into the creation of the list are availability (too many conflicts/missing rehearsals can hold the whole group back), musicianship (we learn music at a faster rate than in class), and ability to match/blend with the group.
Different things are needed for different voice parts – for example, if the returning voices have a brighter tone, then a darker sounding voice may be needed to even out the sound of the section to balance with the other parts. Someone who may be a very strong singer that has that same brighter sound may not be chosen because it wasn’t what was needed for that spot in the section. Additionally, a very strong solo singer who isn’t able to pull back and blend with the rest of the section may get passed over in favor of someone who helps to fill the section sound without sticking out. It doesn’t mean either singer is “bad” or “better” than the other, it’s just what was needed for the overall ensemble. The list that is posted is Mr. Cloonan’s best attempt at creating the most balanced “sound” that the Singers have become known for in their performances.
What happens if I am selected for the group?
The first rehearsals of the new North Hills Singers group will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28-29 from 2:15-3:15. There, we will go over more details about schedules, rehearsals, performances, etc. We’ll also make sure everyone has a uniform. The first performance is on Friday, May 31 during Commencement at Martorelli Stadium.
What if I don’t see my name?
Please do not think that you are a “bad singer” if you don’t make the list. Keep in mind that there are only a set number of spaces available in the group (this year it is 5 sopranos, 5 altos, 3 tenors, and 4 basses if we keep the group at 30), and going beyond 28-30 makes traveling and performing in small spaces more difficult. As Mr. Cloonan says in class, the list created is not meant to be personal, rather the best balance of voices to keep the level of musicianship as high as possible, always striving to make each year better than the last. It’s quite possible that you were the very next name that could have made the group and there just weren’t enough spots. Continue to work hard on all of the things discussed in choir class. Whatever you do, keep on singing!