Auditions for 2017-18
Auditions for the 2017-18 will open on March 13, 2017. If you are interested in auditioning for the New York City Children’s Chorus, please read this section of the website thoroughly, then submit an audition form >
Once you have submitted an audition form and specified a preferred audition date, you will be contacted to confirm your appointment.
Auditions will take place at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (921 Madison Avenue & 73rd Street) in April and May.
Once the available auditions slots are filled, no additional appointments will be made due to the large volume of children auditioning.
New York City Children's Chorus
at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue @ 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021 • 212-288-8920
Every child that auditions for the New York City Children’s Chorus will be heard individually by the Artistic Director, Mary Huff, in ten-minute slots. Children should be prepared to sing one piece of their choosing (see guidelines below).
In addition, Ms. Huff will evaluate each child’s ability to match pitch and vocalize in a variety of ways. Older children will be evaluated on their ability to read a simple melody. At the end of the audition, children will answer questions in an informal interview so Ms. Huff might get to know each child better.
Parents may or may not attend the audition depending on the comfort level of the child. To schedule an audition for your child or for general audition inquiries, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Helen Karloski >.
Audition guidelines for Concert Choir or In Harmony
Young people auditioning for Concert Choir or In Harmony should be excellent singers with strong music reading abilities. They should prepare one or two pieces that properly showcase their voice such as a piece from the art song repertoire (examples: “Sebben crudele,” Samuel Barber’s “Sure on this shining night,” or “Caro mio ben”) from musical theatre (examples: The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady), or from the Western folk tradition (examples: “Shenandoah,” “Wayfarin’ Stranger”).
Young people auditioning for Concert Choir or In Harmony do not need to have their pieces memorized and may sing with an accompanist or a cappella. If they wish to audition with piano accompaniment, please have them provide their own sheet music. It is not necessary to memorize their music, though they are expected to prepare as if for a major performance.
Audition guidelines for Prelude, Intermezzo, and Allegro
Each child should be prepared to sing one piece of their choosing. Younger, elementary-aged choristers in grades one through three may choose a simple song such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Children in grades three through five should prepare a longer piece such as “America the Beautiful,” “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music, or “Simple Gifts.”
Children auditioning do not need to have their pieces memorized. They can perform their songs a cappella or with piano accompaniment. If they wish to audition with piano accompaniment, please have them provide their own sheet music.
Auditions for the Preparatory Division
Children ages four to six that will be in preschool and kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year may sing one song of their choosing should they feel comfortable doing so. This can be a simple nursery song such as “London Bridge is Falling Down” or “Frère Jacques.” Children who may not be ready to sing a song for Ms. Huff are welcome to participate in a short, informal musical play session instead.