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 (3 or 4 total, mostly scheduled as we get closer to performance dates). 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 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. The list that is posted is Mr. Cloonan’s best attempt at creating the “sound” that the NH Singers has 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 Wednesday and Thursday 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 evening 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 3 sopranos, 3 altos, 4 tenors, and 4 basses), and going beyond 28 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!