Auditions for 2017-18 will be held by appointment Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 16th & L street entrance.
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We would like your help in identifying boys who would be good candidates for the Lincoln Boys Choir. The choir is composed of boys in grades three to grade 12 from the Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln parochial and private schools, and nearby communities. The boys explore many different styles of fine choral music and learn to develop their best vocal sounds in ways that are healthy for their voices. This is an outstanding choir. The standards for membership are high, but we know there are boys in your school who sing well. Click here for the teacher packet and to recommend a student.
Boys invited to join are given provisional membership. After two rehearsals in late spring, final selections are made and final invitations are given to boys who show readiness through their musical ability and their demeanor. New members rehearse for the first time with their choir at a day-long Saturday workshop in August.
Auditions only take about 10 minutes.
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.
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
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 Temple, 332 South Centennial Mall. There are exceptions to this schedule, when the boys need extra time to prepare for a performance.