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Group Auditions



I. Content Standards
A. Music Performance
1. Students will sing a varied repertoire of music in a choral setting
a. blend , balance, part accuracy, participation, attitude
2. Students will improve their vocal technique
a. tone quality, diction, posture, breathing, intonation
3. Students will demonstrate musical sensitivity
a. dynamics, phrasing , text interpretation

II. Process Standard
A. Essentials of personal Growth
1. Students will be able to self evaluate




The students will sing a piece of music as a small group of four singers, one on a voice part, that we have rehearsed in class. The students will be given the tonic chord and the starting pitches. The students will sing the piece either accapella or with accompaniment as the situation dictates.

Self Evaluation:

After the audition the student will evaluate their performance using the Audition Score Sheet which is identical to the form the teacher is using to evaluate the audition. The student will turn in their form and it will be attached to the teacher’s form. A brief discussion may follow if their are any large discrepancies between the two forms.

In order to make the process clear to all students a mock audition will be performed in class before the actual audition day. The mock audition will follow the same procedures as the actual audition , but it will not count for choir placement.


While individual auditions are very accurate for charting a students’ strengths and weaknesses as well as progress they do not tell us as much about how they sing in groups. Most of a student’s time will be spent singing in groups as part of our choir program.



Pitch- accuracy, holding part, intonation, intervals
Rhythm- accuracy, clarity, appropriate style/feel, subdivision of beat, pulse
Blend/Balance- tone blends in with group, doesn’t stick out, transparent, volume
Musicality- dynamics, phrasing , shape, text interpretation


Grading Key

5=Excellent (free of errors, high level of proficiency, professional quality)
4= Very Good (few errors, above average level of proficiency)
3= Good (some errors, average level of proficiency)
2= Fair (many errors, below average proficiency)
1= Poor (mostly errors, beginner level proficiency)
0= DNA (did not attempt, does not apply)



Voice Part

Soprano Alto Tenor Bass



Blend/ Balance



Total Score _______

Grading Key: 5=Excellent
4=Very Good
3= Good
2= Fair
1= Poor
0= DNA


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