Deadline for Junior Audition Nominations
Junior Band/Chorus/Orchestra Festival
November 3, 2018 Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox
Stacy Williams-Jackson, President
Junior Chorus Representative
Junior Chorus Co-Representative
Caleb Faille Naimy
All singers will complete the patriotic selection, scales, and triads in one room, then
continue to the next room to complete the festival music selections. The four areas
of the audition are as follows:
1) Prepared Selection I, Patriotic Pieces: 20 Points
Students will have a copy of the selection in their audition room. For this prepared
selection, a starting pitch will be given, as well as the tonic chord, followed by a
repetition of the starting pitch. The student will then sing the selection a cappella.
Students will be evaluated on tone, pitch, accuracy, rhythm, and diction. If there is
an issue with a student performing one of these pieces please contact your choral
Sopranos - “America the Beautiful” in the key of C Major.
Altos - “America the Beautiful” in the key of B-flat Major.
Tenors - “America” (My Country 'Tis Of Thee) in the key of G Major.
Basses - “America” (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee) in the key of E-flat Major.
2) Scales and Triads: 8 Points
Students will be given a starting pitch. They are to sing a major scale both up and
down. They may use Solfege, Numbers, or neutral syllables. The upper “Do” may or
may not be repeated.
Sopranos will sing an E major scale.
Altos will sing a C major scale.
Tenors will sing a G major scale.
Basses will sing a D major scale.
Major Triad: Students will then be given a starting pitch to sing a major triad (no
upper “Do”) that will be based on the tonic of their scale above. They may use
Solfege, Numbers, or neutral syllables. (For example: do-mi-sol-mi-do, 1-3-5-3-1, or
Minor Triad: Students will be given a starting pitch to sing a minor triad (no upper
“Do”) that will NOT be related to the scale they sang. They may use Solfege,
Numbers, or neutral syllables. (For example: la-do-mi-do-la, do-me-so-me-do, or
any number or syllable)
3) Prepared Selection II, Festival Music: 40 Points
Each student will sing a portion (excerpt) of the following pieces:
How Can I Keep From Singing? Gwyneth Walker
I Am the River Amy F Bernon
Audition selections will be broken down into excerpts labeled A, B, C, etc. Specific
measure numbers for audition excerpts will be included in the Fall Newsletter.
● The singer will receive instructions from the recording, then hear the starting
pitch for the assigned excerpt.
● Once the piano accompaniment has begun, the judge will visually cue the
singer to begin. The student will then sing along to the piano accompaniment
from the recording.
● The students are judged on tone, rhythm, pitch accuracy, and diction.
Please note that the specific audition excerpt will not be announced until the day of
the audition, so it is extremely important for students to learn both pieces in their
entirety. This portion of the audition is worth 40 points.
4) Overall Tone Quality: 20 Points
Students will be evaluated on their overall tone quality throughout the audition
process. This is worth a total of 20 points.
The 201 Ensemble Conductor will be Jason Hawkins. The 2017 accompanist will be Minjung Seo.
- All Festival Information will be found under the Festival Day Information Page to the left.