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Sing your way to place: RCHS holds choir auditions

Lizbeth Santoyo
The QR code for choir auditions.

Be on the lookout RCHS students because choir auditions will take place on Monday, April, 29, and will continue through Monday, May 6, in the room of J101. The first set of live auditions begins at 3:45 p.m., and the second begins at 6 p.m.

Students in grades eight to 11 are eligible to audition. Sign-ups can be found on the Canvas dashboard. Tapes may also be recorded and sent through the form or by email to the choir teacher.

“We always submit videos of us singing an audition song, so it makes it easy to prepare,” sophomore Khloe Wales said.

The terms of the auditions require participants to prepare one minute of a song of choice. The choir teacher assures students that the songs do not have to be exactly the length of one minute and that all students who audition are guaranteed a place in the program.

The different placements possible include chamber choir l-lV, chorus l-lV, concert choir l-lV, and treble choir l-lV. Chamber Singers is an advanced course that implies students have a background experience, and it allows for solo performances. 

“I auditioned for Meistersingers this year,” senior Junior Teddy Hinahon said. “I remember I just switched from singing Tenor last year to Bass this year and was worried I wouldn’t be able to sing well enough, but I was able to sing it easily!”

Chorus choir is a beginning course that touches on the subjects of music theory, vocal technique, and classics and contemporary. 

Concert choir pertains to a choral or choir ensemble that will build sight singing skills and study the art of communication to enhance performance styles. 

Treble Choir is a beginning class that adds a focus on vocal technique, music theory, and historical and cultural units and allows for solo opportunities.

“I want to hear how high and low you can sing,” said Squires. “The tone quality of your voice if it’s a little warm or bright. Things like that.” 

Some of the most common tips given to the incoming students are to be themselves so that their experiences may be enhanced with friends who will naturally attract each other. The singing experience is more fun with buddies to laugh about with.

“I feel super excited to see the new faces that want to audition for choir,” said Hinahon, “Especially for the higher choirs like chamber singers but sad that I won’t be able to hangout with them.”

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