AMIS International Honor Choir Auditions
Christopher Aspaas, Men’s Choir Conductor
Edith Copley, Mixed Choir Conductor
Sandra Snow, Women’s Choir Conductor
JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL BERLIN
28 Feb – 4 March, 2018
Joseph R. Curtis, Host
Audition Deadline: 16 October 2017
Three Honor Choirs. The 2018 International Honor Choir Festival will include a Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, and Mixed Choir. Students may audition for a specific choir, or for membership in one of two choirs. Singers auditioning for two choirs increase their likelihood of a successful audition. While the audition listening committee will endeavor not to assign multiple repertoires to one auditioning school, this may be impossible to avoid in some circumstances.
The auditions for this year are Set 4. Excerpts are from standard repertoire, identified by name and composer. Students are encouraged to listen to recordings of the works to aid audition preparation. There are 2 vocalises for each voice part, worth 10 points each. The aria is worth 20 points.
A maximum of six auditions can be uploaded for each voice part: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass.
The audition process is both blind and anonymous. The listening committee is unaware aware of either the identity or the source of a particular sound file, and is therefore unable to provide feedback on individual performances.
Who Can Audition?
Applicants must submit their auditions through a music teacher from their school, and must be active members of their school choir if one is included in the school program. Any exceptions to this policy must have approval from the Executive Director.
The music teacher is responsible for preparing successful candidates. Students may submit only one audition for choir, e.g. a student who prepares both soprano and alto auditions may only submit one audition, not both.
A director who submits students for audition or enrolment does so with the understanding that he or she will be responsible for all local arrangements for participation, including but not limited to musical preparation, travel arrangements, fee payments, and communication with the Executive Director and the parent community. A student may not participate in any festival unless accompanied by his or her director. If the director is unable to attend the festival, the student’s school will inform the Executive Director of the approved substitute chaperone.
Click HERE for more information about directors, chaperones and visiting parents at festivals.
Helpful Guidelines for Recording Your Auditions
It is very highly recommended that you use live accompaniment. Recorded accompaniments limit the expressive and interpretive qualities of the singer.
The Room: Choose a room far from street noise that is not too live. An echo camouflages articulation and nuance. Record auditions in a room with acoustics as dry as possible. Above all, do not add artificial reverberation. Please ensure there are minimal background noises from fans, air conditioners, computers, etc, that may detract from the singer’s performance.
Recording Equipment: Set the level during a trial recording. Do not change the level during the recording. If your recorder adjusts volume automatically while the student is playing, use an alternative machine.
Microphone Placement: The microphone should be directed toward the performer, and away from the piano. Experiment with a few different placements. This takes only a short time with each pupil. Listen and trust your ears.
Metronome: Lower-pitched metronomes are easier to record. The metronome tone should be the same throughout the audition. Please switch off any multi pitch function (bell, click) so that each click sounds the same. Listen to make sure that the metronome is clearly audible. Follow the instructions on the audition music concerning starting and stopping the metronome. Metronome markings must be followed.
Audition sound files should contain no speaking of any kind.
Honor Choir Audition Materials and Instructions
Submitting Your Auditions
Auditions for this festival will be submitted digitally by uploading files to the AMIS website. It is a good idea to test the uploading system well in advance. In the unlikely event that your particular internet situation prevents you from submitting your files via the website, you must allow sufficient time to record your auditions and send them through the post (details below).
A maximum of six auditions will be allowed for each voice part: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass.
Format: Only sound files in mp3 format should be submitted. In most cases, other formats will not upload. If you are having uploading problems, this is the first thing for you to troubleshoot.
Submit Separate Files: Record each item for each student as a separate mp3 file: 1 file for each vocalise, 1 file for the aria.
File Names (Saving Files): Each file of the audition should be clearly labeled as Vocalise 1, Vocalise 2, and Aria, followed by the student’s name.
Example: Vocalise 1 Joe Bloggs
Use letters and numbers only—no accents or symbols.
The upload page provides you with an opportunity to listen to each file. This is an essential step in your submission process. Pay attention to the quality of the finished recording for audio level and the balance with the metronome. Check to make sure there aren’t long periods of silence at any point in the sound file. Each scale/excerpt must be recorded in one complete take. Splicing, cutting, or pasting will result in immediate disqualification.
Audition Uploader Will Be Available on 13 September 2017
Please use Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer to submit auditions
The audition submission system is NOT compatible with the FireFox browser.
Audition sound files must be uploaded in the mp3 format no later than 16 October 2017.
The members of the 2016 Honor Choirs will be posted on the festival page on 25 October 2017. Results will have been previously communicated to directors via confidential email.
Students who have auditioned successfully must accept their place in the choir via a link on the festival page no later than 1 November 2017.