Due to COVID-19, auditions will take place 100% remotely this year. However, despite a new online process, the audition requirements are very similar to past years. You still need to fill out THIS Google Survey in order to be part of a BYU Choir this semester. Keep reading for all the information!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Due to COVID-19, will choirs be different during Fall 2020?
Yes, choirs will be limited in size (due to social distancing requirements), and will begin the semester remotely. All ensembles will transition to in-person rehearsing on Sep 28, assuming safe conditions on campus. Additionally, all ensembles will be auditioned, including the two sections of University Chorale.
1a. How many singers will be allowed to enroll in each ensemble?
- University Singers – 44
- Concert Choir – 44
- Women’s Chorus – 88 (split into two groups of 44 that will meet on alternating days when we begin “in-person” instruction)
- Men’s Chorus – 88 (split into two groups of 44 that will meet on alternating days when we begin “in-person” instruction)
- University Chorale (day section) – 44
- University Chorale (evening section) – 34
1b. What happens if BYU determines it is not safe to transition to in-person rehearsing on Sep 28?
Choirs will continue via online instruction through the remainder of the semester.
1c. What will online choir look like?
For the first four weeks of the semester (and thereafter, should it be unsafe to meet in person) the choirs will be engaged in a variety of activities, which may include, but are not limited to:
- A hymn project connected with the new Church hymnbook
- One-on-one coaching via Zoom
- Working with renowned composers, conductors, and other special guests via Zoom
- Conductor roundtable with Dr. Crane, Wells, & Poulter
- Virtual recording/video projects
- Exploring the best lectures/talks/symposia on choral music
1d. BYU students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break in Fall 2020. Will choir continue?
No, regardless of whether choirs were able to meet in person or not, instruction will not continue past Thanksgiving.
- How do I know whether or not I need to fill out the google form and/or sign up for an audition?
This is a GREAT question! EVERY SINGLE PERSON WANTING TO SING IN A CHOIR IN FALL 2020 MUST HAVE FILLED OUT THE GOOGLE SURVEY!
- Additionally, in a change from past years, every singer—regardless of previous membership in an auditioned ensemble—must go through the entire audition process.
- If you have any questions about how to sign up for an audition/what requirements you need to meet, please email the choral clerks at email@example.com.
- What is the process for an “online” audition?
On August 18, each student that filled out the google survey will receive a link to access the virtual audition. Once you click on the link, a series of video prompts will tell you exactly what to do. These activities will include:
- The singing of a specific hymn (outlined in heading 4 below)
- You will also be asked to do a few exercises to assess your sight-reading skills, tonal memory, and vocal range.
A practice audition will also be available very soon so you can become familiar with the process. Check back here for the link!
3a Is there a deadline by which my audition video must be turned in?
YES! You may submit your video audition starting as early as Aug 18, but you must have your video submitted by the following deadlines in order to be considered:
(by first letter of last name)
- A-D: 11:59 PM on Monday, Aug 24
- E-J: 11:59 on Tuesday, Aug 25
- K-Q: 11:59 on Wednesday, Aug 26
- R-Z: 11:59 on Thursday, Aug 27
(If you are just reading this and missed your submission deadline, please email the choral clerks immediately at: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
3b Do I need special equipment to record my video?
No, simply record yourself in a quiet space with a computer (a cell phone will not work) and submit your video.
3c Help! I can’t submit my audition video because of technical limitations with my computer and/or internet access.
For those without the ability to record/submit an audition video, we will have a limited number of live Zoom slots available on Monday, Aug 31. During those times, our conducting graduate students will assist you. Please email the choral clerks immediately if you need assistance: email@example.com.
3d How do callbacks work?
If you are invited to callbacks (notified via email), these will take place over Zoom on Sep 2 & 3. The callbacks occur in two parts: 1) an informational meeting for all invited singers, and 2) the callback audition itself, administered by section. You will work with Dr. Crane, Dr. Wells, or Dr. Poulter, depending on which ensemble you are auditioning for. If you are being considered for multiple ensembles, you will have callbacks with more than one conductor. In the callback you will be asked to sing various exercises that will assess your vocal flexibility, beauty of tone throughout your range, control, ability to blend, etc.
You may also be asked to sing a very brief a cappella excerpt of an art song. However, the art song component is not required and you will not be penalized in any way if you do not have something prepared.
- Part 1:
- All voice parts: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Part 2:
- Tenor: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Bass: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Alto: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Soprano: 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Part 1:
- All voice parts: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Part 2:
- Alto: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Soprano: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Tenor: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Bass: 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Part 1:
- All voice parts: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Wednesday, September 2
- Part 2:
- All voice parts: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Thursday, September 3
- Part 1:
- All voice parts: 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm Thursday, September 3
- Part 2:
- Tenor 1: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Thursday, September 3
- Tenor 2: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday, September 3
- Baritone: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Thursday, September 3
- Bass: 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Thursday, September 3
3e Posting of final rosters
After the audition process has finished, a final list of rosters for all choirs will be emailed to all auditionees, and posted physically in the choral hallway (HFAC, E Wing, Third Floor). We anticipate the list will be posted/emailed on the evening of Sep 3.
3f How do I register for choir?
Upon your successful audition, you will receive a “permission to add” code from your director. You will then be able to add the course through myBYU. Add the class to your schedule as soon as possible, as the deadline to add/drop is Sep 8. Please note that this is a different process from previous semesters. Remember, if you wish to sing in any choir, including University Chorale, you must receive a “permission to add” code in order to enroll.
- What hymn do I need to prepare for the audition?
All singers are asked to prepare the melody of one verse of a preselected hymn to sing a cappella, depending upon the singer’s voice part (see below). Please choose the voice part that feels the most comfortable for you.
SOPRANO I: Hymn #1 – please sing in E-flat major (starting pitch is Bb)
SOPRANO II: Hymn #165 – please sing in F major (starting pitch is A)
ALTO I: Hymn #100 – please sing in F major (starting pitch is A)
ALTO II: Hymn #98 – please sing in G major (starting pitch is G)
TENOR I: Hymn #220 – please sing in G major (starting pitch is D)
TENOR II: Hymn #220 – please sing in E major (starting pitch is B)
BARITONE: Hymn #100 – please sing in E major (starting pitch is G#)
BASS: Hymn #130 – please sing in A major (starting pitch is C#)
Starting pitches will be provided during the online audition process.
- Can I audition for more than one choir?
Yes. All singers are initially considered for every choir. Your audition video will be viewed by all the conductors so they can place you in the ensemble that best suits your voice. Final placements are determined by considering singer interest, audition performance, and schedule availability.
- Can I audition for more than one voice part?
Yes. Each singer is thoroughly tested to determine her/his most appropriate voice part. The decision is made by considering the singer’s vocal range, color, clarity, etc.
- Do I have to be a music major to get into a choir?
We have hundreds of singers each year who major in something other than music. All students are encouraged and welcome to audition regardless of experience or perceived ability level.
- I want to reserve time in my schedule for the choirs. When do they meet?
All choral ensembles are 1 credit courses. Times and course numbers are below:
- BYU Singers (MUS 315R): MWF 1:00 – 1:50 PM, TTH 12:00 – 1:20 PM
- Concert Choir (MUS 314R): Monday through Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 PM, Thursday 1:30 – 2:50 PM
- Women’s Chorus (313R): Monday through Wednesday 3:00 – 3:50 PM, Friday 2:00 – 3:30 PM
- Men’s Chorus (312R): Monday through Wednesday 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Thursday 3:30 – 4:50 PM
- University Chorale (311R, day section): MWF 12:00 – 12:50 PM
- University Chorale (311R, evening section): TTH 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Specific questions are welcome and can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.