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AUDITION AND COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION

Parent Information Night

  • February 8, 2023
  • 7-8 PM – W-L Choir Room 1404

Auditions for Rising 9th Grade – Advanced Choir

  • February 14-15, 2023 5-7 PM
  • Link to Google Form Sign Up

Auditions for Current W-L Students

  • February 21-24, 2023 3:30-6:00 PM
  • Link to Google Form Sign Up

RISING 9TH GRADERS-

  • Please select  CONCERT CHOIR on your CRF card.   If you have any questions, ask your middle school director or email Ms. Severin, 

FOR CURRENT WL 9-11TH GRADES: Please read all of the information carefully. Your course options are

  • Concert Choir (Beginning) – no audition required
  • Advanced Choir (Intermediate-Advanced) – audition required
  • Chamber Choir (Most Advanced Ensemble) – audition required

AUDITION PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Prepared solo – “Shenandoah” – VERSE 1 ONLY see materials below
  • Vocal Range Test – how high and how low you can sing
  • Short and Simple Sight Singing Example – 4 measures

PREPARED SOLO – SHENANDOAH

  • To choose the correct key for your voice, listen to all of the samples below and choose the one that best suits your voice. If you really are struggling to decide, come see Ms. Severin in Room 1404, or talk to your middle school chorus director.
  • Download a copy of the music, the rehearsal mp3, and the performance mp3, appropriate for your key.
  • Song does not need to be memorized.
  • Prepare your solo and be ready to sing with the performance mp3 – I will use this rubric All-VA Chorus Score Sheet

SHEET MUSIC – SHENANDOAH

RECORDINGS FOR REHEARSAL AND PRACTICE

RECORDINGS FOR PERFORMANCE DURING AUDITION

Members of the Washington-Liberty Choral Department are consistently chosen for All-District Choir, All-Virginia Choir, the Virginia Honors Chorus, American Choral Directors Association Southeast Honors Chorus, and the American Choral Directors Association National Honors Choirs. They work with nationally and internationally known choral directors.

Concert Choir is the beginning vocal ensemble at Washington-Liberty High School and is open to students in grades 9-12. There is no prerequisite for this class and students do not need to have a formal audition to register for this choral group but a simple screening (visit) is strongly encouraged. This class is the first step in the high school choral curriculum and is designed to develop musicianship, improve vocal production, as well as introduce music reading and sight-singing. Students will gain experience working together as an ensemble and gain confidence as a performer. A wide range of music is offered, including popular, sacred, secular music of various styles and periods. Students will sing music in many languages from a variety of cultures.

Advanced Choir (Chorale) is the next step in the sequential choral music education on the high school level and is the Intermediate/Advanced choral ensemble at W-L. Basic music reading and sight-singing skills are essential at this level. The Chorale rehearses and performs choral literature representative of a variety of styles, languages and cultures of moderate to advanced difficulty. Students will receive advanced training in sight-singing, vocal production and singing techniques. Performances in school and community functions, concerts, district festivals and a possible concert trip are also included. A course fee is required.Previous choral singing experience in school or church is preferred but not required. Students must pass a required audition to register for this course.

The Chamber Singers ensemble is the premier vocal ensemble at Washington-Liberty and students must have previous choral ensemble singing experience plus pass a required audition to register for this course. This ensemble provides an accelerated chamber music experience for highly proficient and developed vocalists. Literature studied is of an advanced and artistic level and spans various eras and genres. Extensive training in vocal production, music theory and sight-singing is included. The Chamber Singers have appeared at the Kennedy Center and the White House as well as the Virginia Music Educators Conference. A course fee is required.

A SAMPLE OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHORAL EXPERIENCES AT WASHINGTON-LIBERTY

FALL POPS CONCERT (mandatory for all choral students in all ensembles) – This is our first major concert of the year.

WINTER CONCERT (mandatory for all choral students in all ensembles) Our second concert of the year is a more formal concert highlighting choral literature from the standard repertoire and selected holiday favorites.

PYRAMID CONCERT (mandatory for all choral students in all ensembles) – This is our third major concert of the year where we will host singers from select middle schools.

SOL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT, PRE-ASSESSMENT CONCERT, AND CONCERT (mandatory for all choral students in all ensembles) – sponsored by the Virginia Choral Directors Association. Students will travel to Langley HS to perform for adjudication. Prior to the formal assessment, students will perform a public concert to prepare for the final event. Adjudication involves a warm up piece, two graded selections, and group sight singing.

SPRING CONCERT AND DRESS REHEARSAL (mandatory for all choral students in all ensembles) – our fifth and final large ensemble concert of the year. This concert features a “Senior Night” to honor our graduating seniors.

GRADUATION (mandatory for all vocal groups) – Seniors who wish to sing for graduation must be present at the final exam for Chamber Choir and be able to perform your part from memory in a quartet test. Singing at graduation will be a portion of your final exam grade.

CHORAL DEPARTMENT SPRING TRIP (optional) – The choral department will participate in a spring trip based on student interest. Destination is TBA

ALL-DISTRICT CHOIR (optional) – sponsored by the Virginia Choral Directors Association and open to all students in all ensembles. The auditions are held in the fall and students will be behind a partition. The audition includes a prepared piece and an individual sight-singing example. The three-day culminating activity is in early February. All audition fees and participation fees are covered by the students and their parents/guardians.

ALL-VIRGINIA CHOIR – sponsored by the Virginia Choral Directors Association and open to students in grades 9-12 who are members of the 2019 All-District Chorus. Audition information can be found at: http://vcda.net/index.php/2013-12-10-04-17-46/all-virginia-menu/allva-chorus-audition.html – Registration, lodging, music, and transportation will be at the expense of Arlington Public Schools.

VIRGINIA SENIOR HONORS CHOIR (optional) – sponsored by the Virginia Music Educators Association and open to member of the senior class only. Auditions will include sight singing and will not be a blind audition. Students who successfully pass the audition will perform as part of the VMEA Conference in November and The Homestead. All expenses will be paid for by Arlington Public Schools. Audition information can be found at http://www.vmea.com/index.php/events-menu/honors-choirs