Auditioning Requirements and Procedures
The 2015 audition requirements are greatly changed for returning All Staters beginning this year. Because the purpose of the audition is to give the audition team the opportunity to listen to and evaluate the musical level and vocal tone of the student, it is not necessary for the returning student to perform the musical portion of the audition each year. So beginning this year (2015) students will only have to audition once for their journey with the choir. Each student, new or returning, MUST still get a recommendation form signed by his or her pastor or music leader and turn in all paperwork and deposits. For the returning All Stater, the paperwork and financial deposits will be all that is required to “make” the choir. I reserve the right to change this in future years if it does not work well.
For new students to IBSA All State Mission Choir, you will be required to audition for the choir so we will be able to know your ability to sing parts, blend, and sing on pitch. Auditions procedures for new students will be similar to the past years. There will be two required songs plus a solo of your choice. The two required songs for 2015 (see below) are “A Mighty Fortress” by Christi Knockles and “Joy Has Dawned” by Keith and Kristen Getty. Performing with the track or live accompaniment (your choice), you will sing the first verse in unison and then sing harmony on the next verse if you are an alto, tenor or bass. Sopranos will sing the melody on both verses. For your solo, you may choose a song within your voice range. I would prefer it to be a Christian or classical song, not a current “pop” song. If there is a particular reason why you need to audition on a pop song, you should call me and get permission first. You can record it using an accompaniment track, someone playing the accompaniment or you can play the accompaniment on keyboard or guitar yourself. You will get extra credit if you can accompany yourself on the prepared solo.
If you record the audition yourself here is an easy way to do it. Download the trax from below to your computer and burn it to a CD. When you are ready to record the audition, play the CD from a stereo or jam box and record it on the computer using your built in microphone. After the recording is done, listen to it to make sure that I can hear your voice clearly (I don’t really need to hear the accompaniment, mostly your voice). Email, Dropbox or SugarSync the files to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to state your name, grade, your church name and location at the beginning of each song you record.
Snail mail the forms and the $10.00 processing fee to:
3085 Stevenson Dr.
Springfield IL 62703
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of recording the audition yourself, you have the option of attending a live audition. Live auditions will be Saturday January 24, 2015 at the following Baptist church locations: Dorrisville in Harrisburg, Emmanuel in Lemont, and Rochester FBC near Springfield. If you can’t make the live audition you can make an appointment with me and audition at the Baptist Building during a time that is convenient for both of us. You will come prepared to sing the two required pieces and your solo plus the form below. The leader of the live audition will record you at the live audition site and then send me a copy of the audition along with your fee and paperwork. Remember, there is a $10 processing fee and paperwork required to complete all auditions, whether live or recorded.
I will let you know by February 28 whether you have been invited to participate with the choir. Those invited will be sent a packet with more information about the trip.
Although the exact location of the summer trip is still being worked out, I am please to announce that Brad Newbold, Dean of Students at Hannibal LaGrange University (and long time minister of music at FBC St. Charles MO) will be our director for 2015. His wife Janis will be our accompanist.