Vocal Jazz Singers

Junior Chorus




Deadline for Junior Audition Nominations
September 19, 2018

Junior Auditions 
September 29, 2018 at Summit Hill Junior High School, Frankfort

Junior Band/Chorus/Orchestra Festival

November 3, 2018 Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox

Stacy Williams-Jackson, President
Lincoln-Way Central High School
1801 East Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-2301

(815) 462-2301

Junior Chorus Representative
Amy Gruben

 Junior Chorus Co-Representative

Caleb Faille Naimy

Fall 2018 Junior Choral Newsletter


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

any syllable)

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.

Festival Information:  

The 201 Ensemble Conductor will be Jason Hawkins. The 2017 accompanist will be Minjung Seo.

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