The choir, under the direction of Sylvia Richardson, is currently scheduling voice placement auditions for the 2018/2019 season for children ages 10 to 17 on September 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the St. James Lutheran Church, 400 Columbia Ave., Pitman, 08071. Please call 856-589-5149 immediately to schedule an audition. No experience is necessary. Auditions are for placement purposes.
The Gloucester County Children’s Choir is always looking for new members. Auditions are generally held in August/September and December/January. Please call 856 589 5149 if you know a child who would be interested in joining the choir.
AUDITIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON WILL BE HELD PERIODICALLY. IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AUDITIONING,PLEASE CALL THE DIRECTOR AT THE ABOVE NUMBER.
Parent forms and parent and choristers handbook for 2018/2019 are being updated. 2017/2018 will be accepted until the new versions are uploaded.
The GCCC offers children the opportunity to grow musically by supporting their healthy vocal development with music that is appropriate to their age ranges and ability. The choir offers children who are interested an opportunity to sing solo parts, as available, and emphasizes the shared experience of creating beautiful choral music and building friendships with fellow choristers
Upon joining GCCC, interested choristers are requested to audition for voice placement only. Choristers are asked to commit to a full year (September through May) of membership. A great deal of music is learned during the year and performed at various times. It is difficult to start new members during the year because they will not have the necessary rehearsal time to learn music that other members have already learned. The Choir “sound” depends on a group with enough voices to cover the parts. If members drop out during the year, the quality of the choir suffers.
Choristers who choose not to continue the following year are requested to share with the Director(s) positive and negative concerns about GCCC and to receive input on their choral development.
Below is a list of frequently-asked questions regarding auditions at GCCC:
When and where do auditions take place?
Auditions by appointment before the choir’s September rehearsals. Please call the Director to schedule an appointment. Auditions are usually held at a local church. This year they are in the St. James Lutheran Church in Pitman. Children who audition are expected to stay for the full choir rehearsal.
How should I prepare?
No special preparation is necessary for the audition.
What happens during the audition?
The Director will interview you one-on-one and will ask you to sing a song of your choosing or ask you to sing single notes played on the piano. This is done to identify you placement in the choir.
When will I rehearse?
Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Saint James Lutheran Church in Pitman, NJ. Parents are requested to stay for the rehearsal so that they can participate in a Parent’s Guild meeting that occurs simultaneously.
What are GCCC’s tuition and fees?
For the 2018/2019 season, the registration fee for each child is $100. If a choir uniform is not available in the child’s size, they may be required to purchase a uniform. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to defray the cost of such trips as the annual Music in the Parks performance at an area amusement park.
PARENTS AND CHORISTERS HANDBOOK AVAILABLE HERE — minor updates in new edition which will be posted in August.