George Mason University - Fairfax, VA August 2-4, 2018
Laura Farnell, Guest Conductor DEADLINES & SCHEDULE May 6: Online application form including audition mp3 file, and a $12.00 non-refundable audition fee per student due. Sponsoring Directors will register their singers via FormDesk (link at bottom of page)
May 15: Notification of Acceptance into the 2018 Voices United Children’s Honor Chorus sent by e-mail directly to singers and sponsoring directors.
Registration fee of $100.00 per accepted participant (link will be attached to acceptance e-mail for online payment and registration.) Once payment and final registration is received, your music will be sent in the mail.
Mp3 learning files will be available for download soon.
August 2: Choristers and their chaperones arrive at George Mason University for registration from 5:30-6:25 p.m. Rehearsal August 2 is from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Music should be memorized fully and prepared according to instructions in the packet and with the mp3 learning files. ***Rehearsals continue from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4***
August 4: Rehearsal from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – then following 1:30 p.m. performance at George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus. The concert lasts about 90 minutes, and the Children’s Honor Chorus combines with the Festival Chorus (high school through adults) to close the concert.
DIRECTOR'S EXPECTATION FOR STUDENTS It is not necessary to submit a written recommendation for each audition applicant. However, directors should only nominate students who are strong in all of the following categories: 1) music reading skills; 2) tone quality; 3) social skills; 4) willingness to work with peers and adults, and 5) aptitude for success with long rehearsals.
Instructions for Preparing the Audition Recording: Please include only one student audition per track. Separating scale and unaccompanied song selections into two tracks acceptable if each track is clearly labeled.
1. Vocalization: Sing an unaccompanied major scale using either solfege syllables or numbers, ascending AND descending. Select from the starting pitch below according to the voice part preference. Starting pitch MUST be heard on the recording.
a. Sop. 1 – G above middle C
b. Sop. 2 – F above middle C
c. Alto 1 – D above middle C
d. Alto 2 – B-flat below middle C
2. “America” (“My Country, ‘tis of Thee”): Starting on the pitches listed below, sing the first verse unaccompanied. ACCOMPANIED SINGERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
a. Sop. 1 – B-flat above middle C
b. Sop. 2 – G above middle C
c. Alto 1 – F above middle C
d. Alto 2 – D above middle C
NOTE FOR SENDING mp3 FILES: Please have the chorister’s name and preferred voice part as the track name. There will be a place to attach the mp3 file on the FormDesk application. Files will be reviewed in a manner which will not reveal the child’s name or choir until selections are made.
Sponsoring Directors are responsible for registering their singers online. Below is an attachment for the information needed for the FormDesk online application. Directors are to keep this attached form with parental signature until 30 days after the 2018 Voices United Concert to ensure parental/guardian consent.
After this form above is filled out and signed by your choristers/guardians, the next step is to register their information and audition file to the link below.
**After you click SUBMIT on the application below, you will be directed to paypal for the $12 audition application fee – if you are registering multiple singers and would rather send 1 check including all of your singers’ application fee’s, the mailing address directions will be on the link below**