General Audition Information
Prospective singers are typically recommended for an audition through their school's music teacher. However, parents may also contact us directly to make an appointment.
The audition process consists of three parts:
(1) Individual audition. Invitations are extended for the next step within two weeks.
(2) Group audition rehearsals. Those who are selected individually are invited for two special audition rehearsals in late May. These help us observe rehearsal behaviors.
(3) Final selection. Final invitations are extended to boys who show readiness through their musical ability and their demeanor observed in the first two steps. Notice will be sent within two weeks after the final group audition rehearsal.
New members rehearse for the first time with their choir at a day-long Saturday workshop in August (typically the Saturday after Lincoln Public Schools resume).
Auditions are a fun, friendly, positive experience and only take about 10 minutes to complete.
Audition Criteria used:
Singing first verse of "America" (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) sung with accompaniment and then acappella. Memorization is encouraged, but a copy of the music will be provided. DOWNLOAD AUDITION MUSIC and practice at home.
Voice range: Elementary - approximately middle C to the E on the 4th space of treble staff, Middle school - approximately middle C to F on top line of treble staff
Vocal quality (tone, beauty of sound)
Listening skills (ability to match a pitch of a note)
Pitch recall (ability to sing back patterns of notes)
Ability to sing in an unchanged boy’s voice
Rehearsals & Audition Location
The choir typically follows the Lincoln Public Schools calendar.
Regular rehearsals are Thursdays from 5 to 6:15 p.m. for Concert Choir(elementary -early middle) and Chorale (middle school) and 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for Cantare (high school) at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 332 South Centennial Mall. Use the parking lot entrance at 16th & L. There are exceptions to this schedule, when the boys need extra time to prepare for a performance.
The front of the Scottish Rite faces the Centennial Mall, the entrance you need to use is at 16th & L. Here is a photo of the parking lot entrance.