Audition

Although primary auditions for 17-18 were completed in May, a few spots  remain available in some choirs.  A final audition for placement into Prep and Concert Choirs  will occur:

Thursday, Aug 10, 4:30 pm

Email ncc@belmont.edu to schedule an audition.

About the audition

Neither prior choral experience nor the ability to read music is necessary to audition, and a child does not need to prepare an audition song. During the audition, an NCC director will lead a group of four or five children to sing-both as a group and individually-vocal exploration exercises and familiar songs such as “Happy Birthday.” The audition is not a stressful situation, and parents are invited to sit in the back of the room and observe if they wish. The directors watch and listen for tuneful singing, evidence of musical aptitude, and demonstration of the child’s ability to concentrate, focus, follow directions, and work in a group setting.

The audition itself will only take about 15 minutes, but families will need to plan on a total of about 45 minutes to allow for completing forms, etc.  The auditions will be held in the lower level of the Massey Performing Arts Center building on the Belmont University campus. Driving directions and a campus map may be found here.

Additional information

The Nashville Children’s Choir includes three different choir levels (Preparatory Choir, Concert Choir, and Touring Choir) into which choristers are initially placed according to their vocal development, age and maturity at the time of their audition. Ages of choristers in the choirs tend to be as follows:

  • Prep Choir: 3rd-5th graders
  • Concert Choir: 4th-7th graders
  • Touring Choir: 5th-8th graders

Children then are promoted to a more advanced choir as their skills, vocal maturity, and social maturity increase. A child must be a rising third through seventh grader (current 2nd-6th grader) to audition.

The choir year will begin in August 2017 and will conclude in May 2018. Rehearsals for all three choirs are held simultaneously on Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on the campus of Belmont University. The performance responsibilities for the Preparatory and Concert Choirs consist primarily of participation in end-of-semester NCC concerts in December and May. The Touring Choir choristers typically sing in approximately four to six other performances each semester and take a 4-day tour each spring.

Fees:

  • $325 for Prep Choir and Concert Choir choristers
  • $400 per year for Touring Choir choristers (This fee now includes summer day-camp and January Jubilee.  Additional monies will not be collected for these activities.)
  • Reduced rates for two or more choristers
  • Some scholarships available

Nashville Youth Choir

In addition to the three Nashville Children’s Choirs, the choir program includes the Nashville Youth Choir (grades 9-12) under the direction of Robert King. Many NCC choristers continue their involvement in the NCC program by singing in this outstanding ensemble following their participation in the children’s choirs. Email Mr. King at robert.king@lipscomb.edu for audition information for this ensemble.