District Chorus Auditions

Each year, CHS sends several motivated singers to audition for the PMEA District Choral Festival. The experience is open to 10th-12th graders, and those in Select Choir have class time to prepare for the audition.

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)

organizes a yearly series of High School Chorus Festivals that bring together students from various school districts in our area, region, and state. Students learn a full concert program of music, rehearse it with a guest conductor, and perform a concert at the end of the three-day festival. Each festival is auditioned. Students who are accepted into the District Festival in early February may have scores that qualify them for the Regional Chorus Festival in late March; scores at Regionals can qualify students for the All-State Festival in April.

Preliminary auditions of CHS students will be held at school Monday, November 5. The CHS audition and the first PMEA audition consist of sight-singing and performing an excerpt of your vocal part in two assigned pieces. If you qualify for the District festival, the next official audition, on the first day of the festival in February, tests your preparation and performance on all 6-8 of the festival pieces. That audition can also qualify you for Regionals.

Here’s the rundown of District Chorus events:

  • November 5, 2018, after school:  In-House Auditions for Cheltenham’s District Chorus Candidates, CHS Choir Room
  • Sat, Nov 17, 2018:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Auditions at Upper Merion High School
  • Th-Sat, Feb 7-9, 2019:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Festival; Dr. Thomas Lloyd, Conductor

Auditioning for PMEA District Chorus is a great opportunity for motivated musicians who want more experience learning new music, sight-singing, auditioning, and performing!

The two audition pieces are:

Handel’s Sing Unto God

Bruckner’s Os Justi

Here are practice files.

For both pieces, you must sing the entirety of your voice part, solo, and a cappella. In the audition, you’ll be given a starting pitch, then you’ll sing from a chosen point for a duration of about 12-30 measures. You’ll be evaluated on pitch and rhythm, vocal tone, and dynamics/articulation.

The audition will also consist of two sight-singing excerpts. You’ll be given a starting pitch, 30 seconds to study, then a starting pitch again.

Please feel free to chat with Ms. Hutton about how you can best prepare!

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