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Auditioning FAQs

You are invited! The Philadelphia Girls Choir welcomes girls age 7 to high school to audition to become a part of America’s Preeminent Girls Choir. Here are the details:

THE AUDITION

  • Parents/Guardians will fill out an online form to register via our iPad. 
  • Candidates will be reviewed by our faculty in one of our rehearsal rooms.
  • We ask that parents/families not record audio or video of any audition. 
  • The audition generally lasts 10–20 minutes.

Preparations 

  • Girls do not need to prepare any special song or music.
  • We recommend that candidates arrive relaxed and ready to sing for us. 

PRO TIP: Get a lot of restful sleep the night before, drink plenty of water and approach the audition with a positive attitude—you can do it!

What to expect in the audition

(Relax… have fun! What you don’t know, we’ll teach you!)

  • We’ll ask some basic questions about age, school and prior musical experience if any.
  • You’ll sing a few vocal warm-ups so we can assess range and timbre.
  • You’ll sing standard scales.
  • You’ll sing some melodic pattern by rote learning (mimicking melodies). 
  • You’ll experience ear training (identifying pitches that you hear).
  • We’ll give you an opportunity to sight-read music.
  • You’ll sing solfège (do re mi fa sol la ti do).
  • We’ll teach you a simple folk tune and/or a passage from our core repertoire and ask you to sing it.
  • You may sing us a song of your own choosing: a patriotic song, a song from school/church/music class, or any other tune you may know. A whole song is not necessary, 32 bars is sufficient. (Please, no “Happy Birthday” song).

Ultimately, your audition is a time for us to get to know each other a bit better, as well as to become acquainted with your vocal abilities. But relax…we are not looking for perfection. We are looking for potential to grow and to learn and to smile. 

Audition times are available for our 2019–2020 season! Email: info@phillygirlschoir.org to make an appointment.

Please follow this link to schedule a summer audition.

(We are currently ONLY accepting auditions for 7- and 8-year-old girls)

FAQs

What is Philadelphia Girls Choir?

Philadelphia Girls Choir is a fun and educational choral experience for girls and young women in the Greater Philadelphia area. PGC provides a comprehensive music education based upon the renowned Kodály Method. Nathan Wadley, music director of Philadelphia Girls Choir, teaches through the study of folk music and Classical works.

Does my child need music and/or voice training to audition?

Not at all! We welcome any girl to audition for us! Auditions are roughly 15 minutes in length. If you have music prepared, that’s great! If not, that’s fine too. Our Music Director, Nathan Wadley, will go over some simple exercises and songs in the audition. Although prior music experience is helpful, girls will have lessons on music theory and receive vocal training.

What groups are there within the Choir?

Divided into three distinct groups, Philadelphia Girls Choir provides the best fit for any girl who participates.

Our youngest group, Etude, focuses on the basics of music theory and performance. They also have a musical theme to guide them throughout the year.

Cantata, our intermediate group, continues their musical development with more challenging repertoire. Vocal technique becomes more important for members of this group. Through local concerts and appearances, Cantata members develop confidence and learn what it means to be a performer.

Our most experienced group, Concerto, is the premier performing ensemble of the Philadelphia Girls Choir. Rehearsals offer increasingly difficult and exciting repertoire. Musicianship exercises are taught and designed to fine tune both the ear and the voice.

Is there an age limit?

We audition girls from ages 7–8. Most start in our Etude program. In some cases, girls with previous musical training can go right into Cantata or Concerto.

What if my daughter or music student doesn’t think she’s good enough?

Some of our most successful girls in the Choir were initially reluctant to audition because they were afraid they weren’t good enough. If your daughter has a sincere interest, please encourage her to audition anyway.

Does my daughter have to give up the school or church choir?

Absolutely not! Girls are encouraged to stay actively involved in all of their other choirs, as well as other activities such as sports and clubs. We try to be flexible with scheduling and attendance. That said, there is a commitment required for purposes of sound quality. If your daughter cannot make a large number of rehearsals, this may not be the right activity for her. We need to be able to work with the girls continuously.

What kind of time commitment is necessary?

Etude A practices Thursdays from 4:45 to 6:00, Etude B practices Thursday from 6:00 to 7:15, and Etude C practices Fridays from 4:45 to 6:00. The whole group practices the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:45.

Cantata practices Tuesdays, with the Sopranos rehearsing 4:45 to 6:15, and the Altos rehearsing 5:45 to 7:15. The whole ensemble rehearses every Saturday (except the first of the month) from 9:00 to 10:45.

Concerto practices every Wednesday 4:30 to 7:00 and every Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

How much does the program cost? Are there scholarships available?

Tuition for Philadelphia Girls Choir is $725 per semester. Because we seek girls with talent and potential talent, no matter their economic background, there are full and partial need-based scholarships available.

How do I get uniforms?

Uniforms can be obtained online and information will be provided upon acceptance. Dresses will need to be fitted.

Are there performance and traveling opportunities?

Performances include opportunities to sing at high-level engagements locally and regionally. On our 2019 tour, we will be visiting Barcelona and the south of France.

Anything else I should know?

With all this learning and performing, there is still time for fun! Field trips and museum visits round out the girls’ experience by linking pieces music with the art, architecture, and history of its time. The girls gain a deeper understanding of what they are singing and the cultural relevance it has.

Nathan conducting
Relaxing Before the Winter Concert

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