The Chorus of Westerly typically welcomes new singers in early September and again in early January. However, we are always interested in hearing potential new members, children and adults, so auditions can be scheduled at any time of year. If you are interested in singing, want to schedule an audition, or have questions, please call the Chorus office at 401.596.8663 during weekday business hours to speak with Jill Hirst or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRACKS TO JOIN THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY'S ENSEMBLES
Prospective Children and Teenage Singers
The Chorus of Westerly has always had children actively singing with its main performance ensemble on all concerts of its symphonic and Pops season. Giving children and teenagers the opportunity to sing demanding music in professional settings was one of our organization's founding principles.
Children and teenagers, ages 8 to 17 (and 18 year olds still in high school) may audition and join the Chorus. To schedule an audition, a parent must call or email the office to set-up an appointment (see information above). The child or teen coming to audition will then come to Kent Hall (119 High Street) at their appointment time. At least one parent or guardian must come with the child/teen to the audition. The parent or guardian will be in the room for the audition. The audition is very simple, informal, and relaxed and will be held with Andrew Howell. Your child or teen is not expected to have musical training or be able to read music or even yet "know how to sing" - it is our job to train them. So, please know you do not need to prepare anything in advance, bring music, or "rehearse" at home prior to coming in. The audition is set-up to allow us to learn about your child's voice, pitch matching and tonal memory, and to assess your child's musical background. Andrew Howell will do all of this by having your child engage in some simple vocal exercises. This will allow him to place your child at the appropriate Chorister training level when they begin with the group (at a pace and level appropriate for them to succeed!).
Following the audition, Mr. Howell will talk with you and your child about life in the Chorus and how your family will begin with us. He will also explain the commitments for all singers to you and answer any questions you might have.
Prospective Adult Singers (Ages 18+): Symphonic Chorus (Auditioned)
The Chorus of Westerly is always happy to hear from new adult singers who would like to be a part of our main symphonic performance chorus which prepares and presents all of our symphonic concerts, a cappella concerts, and Pops concerts, as part of our concert season. Adults must audition for this ensemble.
For those interested, please contact Jill (see above) to schedule an audition appointment with Andrew Howell. The audition process for new adult singers involves singing prepared pieces and vocal exercises with Mr. Howell. For the audition, you should bring and be prepared to sing an aria or song or choral excerpt of your choice (bring a copy for you and one for Mr. Howell), as well as one of the 4 musical excerpts found below in which to sing your voice part while the accompaniment is played. You can download the music below by clicking on the appropriate link. If you have difficulties, please call or email the office at the above contact. Sight reading skills will also be assessed as part of the audition process.
Mr. Howell will inform you if you have passed your audition or not after it concludes. If you have passed the audition, he will review with you membership dues, membership requirements for rehearsal and schedule, and provide you registration information. If you have questions about any of this, you can email him at email@example.com or call Jill Hirst at the number above.
Regular rehearsals for the Symphonic Chorus are Tuesdays 7:30 to 9:45 pm with extra rehearsals on Fridays and Saturdays of a performance week.
Prospective Adult Singers (Ages 18+): Foundations Chorus (Non-auditioned)
In February of 2020, the Chorus of Westerly launched a second ensemble called the Foundations Chorus. This will be a non-auditioned Chorus that will meet on Monday evenings.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL
IN THE CHORUS
THE BELOW INFORMATION IS FOR CHILD AND TEEN SINGERS OF THE CHORUS (ages 8 to 18) AND ADULT SINGERS IN THE MAIN SYMPHONIC CHORUS.
The Chorus of Westerly strives to perform at the highest levels of artistic excellence and therefore does require a strong level of commitment from its singers - both children and adults.
Singers are required to commit to the entire performance season. That includes attendance at regular weekly rehearsals (meaning great attendance at regular rehearsals with few if any absences), mandatory attendance at performance week and weekend rehearsals, singing ALL the performances on the Chorus of Westerly's regular season (Fall concert, Christmas Pops, Spring concerts, Summer Pops), participating in various volunteer capacities, and paying membership dues.
Thanks to the generosity of the Prigmore Family and several other Chorus patrons, scholarship, financial aid, and singer payment plans are available to help any family with their dues and, for children, camp costs. Please speak with the office for details on how to apply for aid.
ADULT REHEARSALS (AT KENT HALL)
Adult rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm.
Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Every child in the Chorus gets at least two hours of rehearsal each week, typically broken down into two one-hour sessions, spread over weekday afternoons (see below for detailed rehearsal schedule). Depending on age and musical experience, children are placed into one of the four ensembles that make up the Chorus of Westerly children’s program: Training Choristers, Junior Choristers, Trebles, and Full Choristers.
Here is the full schedule for adults and all levels for the children:
REGULAR REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Mon/Fri, 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Junior Choristers (Girls):
Mon/Fri, 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Mon/Fri 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Full Choristers (Girls):
Mon, 4:15 to 6:15 pm; Fri, 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Tue, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Symphonic Chorus Adults:
Tue, 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm
Mon, 7:00 to 8:30 pm