Orefield Middle School
Chorale Audition Form
Vocal Warm-Ups–>We use a variety of exercises and techniques to move and carefully stretch the vocal cords.
Lyrics and Memorization–>
It is critical for GOOD SINGERS TO MEMORIZE, not only the lyrics to songs, but also their corresponding melodic /harmonic pitches. You are responsible for memorizing verses 1, 2, and 4 in addition to the CHORUS.
Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight!
(CHORUS Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way. Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh.
Although less well-known than the opening, the remaining verses depict high-speed youthful fun. In the second verse, the narrator takes a ride with a girl and loses control of the sleigh:-
A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride And soon, Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side, The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot He got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot! |: chorus?:|
In the next verse (which is often skipped), he falls out of the sleigh and a rival laughs at him:
A day or two ago, The story I must tell I went out on the snow, And on my back I fell; A gent was riding by In a one-horse open sleigh, He laughed as there I sprawling lie, But quickly drove away.
In the last verse, after relating his experience, he gives equestrian advice to a friend to pick up some girls, finds a faster horse, and take off at full speed:
Now the ground is white Go it while you’re young, Take the girls tonight and sing this sleighing song; Just get a bobtailed bay Two forty as his speed Hitch him to an open sleigh And crack! you’ll take the lead.
Classic Repertoire: There are fundamental songs for good vocal singing. The following is a simple song that may sung as a round. It is mostly step-like motion.
The song should be able to be sung independently and as a round by perspective chorale candidates.
“Come Follow Me” is a three-part English Round (or Canon) written by John Hilton in 1652.
Come, follow, follow, follow,
Follow, follow, follow me.
Whither shall I follow, follow, follow,
Whither shall I follow, follow thee.
To the greenwood, to the greenwood,
To the greenwood, greenwood tree.
Singing In Harmony–>Singing in two, three, and four part harmony gives a depth to music. The best singers have the ability to sing both the melody line as well as the harmony part(s.)
Treble Voice (Alto/Soprano) You must be able to sing the Alto line of our National Anthem. Anywhere the treble line splits into two parts, sing the bottom note.
A recording has been provided below on the title link.
Sight Singing–>every potential candidate will sight sing a small piece of music (predominantly step-wise in motion and contour.)
Chorus Member In Good Standing and Essay–>In addition to being a member the highest standing in the student’s home school chorus, each aspiring chorale member must compose a brief essay on why they should be selected for this group.
***AFTER SCHOOL AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 UNTIL 4:10 PM
AND MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 UNTIL 4:10*** YOU MAY ALSO AUDITION DURING PERIOD X
An activity bus will be provided if desired.
Sign Up Sheets are in the CHORUS ROOM (170.) Please see Mr. Joella with questions