July 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Update:
Audition information has been updated. Auditions will take place during August, but we are significantly streamlining the process. Please see below for more information.

 

Girl Choir Auditions

Four Allegretto singers wearing concert uniform dresses smile and pose with their arms around each otherThe Lawrence Community Girl Choir program welcomes approximately 300 singers to the choirs every year. Auditions are held each year in late spring. Due to the volume of requests, summer and mid-year auditions are not possible. We are unable to schedule additional audition times due to the limited times available in the audition site and the availability of our teacher-conductors.

General Information
  • There is no cost to audition.
  • Singers are asked to audition only if they are willing to make a commitment to the Girl Choir for the entire academic year.
    • Please discuss, as a family, whether or not weekly Girl Choir rehearsals fit your schedule before requesting an audition. Choirs meet for rehearsal one day every week, September-December and January-March. 
  • Singers are expected to participate in a curricular (during the school day, for credit) performing musical ensemble when available; Girl Choir should not substitute for curricular music programs.
  • Once your audition is scheduled, no changes will be allowed.
  • Current students will receive information about music and uniform return via email. Current students must turn in their uniform and music prior to their audition date. 
  • Audition results will be mailed out no later than mid-May. If you have not received your audition results by June, please contact the Community Music School office.
     
The Day of the Audition
  • Please dress comfortably.
  • If a singer has allergies or a slight cold, please come to the audition anyway.  Unless she is feverish or experiencing nausea, plan to attend the audition. The teacher-conductors who hear the auditions can assess in most cases of congestion or illness.
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the hallway outside the audition room and are respectfully asked not to look in the window or listen at the door.
     

Girl Choir Audition FAQ

Please note that registration in a Community Music School program indicates understanding and acceptance of our guidelines.

 


2020-21 Season Auditions

All auditions will take place in August, but we are significantly streamlining the process. They will take place in a real-time, online format. All information about registration and auditions will be sent via email in early July. Click here to read the complete update.

Students New to the Program

All new singers will audition. Students new to the program should request an audition for the choir that reflects the grade in which they will be in the fall, per the table below.

Choir Grade
Primo 3 or 4
Allegretto 5
Capriccio and Arioso 6, 7, or 8
Cantabile 9 or 10
Bel Canto

11 or 12



Returning Students

Many returning singers will not need to re-audition and will be invited simply to register. Specifically:

  • All current Ragazze singers will receive registration information based upon teacher recommendation and student age
  • All current Primo singers will register for Allegretto
  • All current Allegretto singers will register for Capriccio
  • All current Arioso 9th graders will register for Cantabile
  • All current Cantabile 8th graders will re-register for Cantabile
  • All current Cantabile 10th and 11th graders will register for Bel Canto
  • All current Bel Canto singers will re-register for Bel Canto

​​Because singers in Capriccio and Arioso are in the midst of the most significant changes to their growing voices, individual letters regarding registration or audition will be mailed to those who do not fit the categories above. Similarly, 9th grade Cantabile members will receive audition information by mail.
 

Audition Requirements

Click here to view the 2020-21 audition requirements.
 

Audition Schedule
  • Primo/Allegretto - grades 3-5 (5 minute time slots)
    • Wednesday, August 5, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
       
  • Capriccio/Arioso - grades 6-8 (5 minute time slots)
    • Thursday, August 6, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
    • Friday, August 7, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
       
  • Cantabile/Bel Canto - grades 8-12 (7-8 minute time slots)
    • Tuesday, August 4, 9:30-12:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 5, 12:00–2:30 p.m.

Singers will audition online via Zoom. Please note that if you previously registered for an audition, you must re-register using the updated form and select one of the above times to be scheduled for an audition. After registering, singers will receive an email with further instructions.

The audition request form will be updated and reopened soon. 

 


 

Tuition & Financial Assistance

There is no cost to audition for Girl Choir. Should your student be offered a spot in the program, tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need; click here for more information. 

Although the switch to online rehearsals will take significantly more staff preparation and teaching time, we have reduced tuition for this year only. Rehearsal length for choirs will likely be shorter due to the nature of online fatigue, but singers in each choir will have  unique and exciting opportunities that would not be possible in our regular rehearsal format.

If you are able to pay the full tuition fee, please consider doing so. This will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Girl Choir program. The balance between the reduced price and the full price will be considered a donation to the Community Music School. On behalf of current and future singers, thank you for considering this option.

2020-21 Tuition (full/reduced)*
  • Primo: $240/$180
  • Allegretto: $300/$225
  • Capriccio: $300/$225
  • Arioso: $360/288
  • Cantabile: $480/$384
  • Bel Canto: $480/$384

*There is an $15 annual registration fee in addition to the tuition price.

Allegretto singers singing at a concert; Ragazze singers hugging each other and smiling at the camera; Bel Canto singers singing at a concert while smiling and interacting with one another