Auditions Committee Structure
Heralds of Harmony
Proposed Auditions Committee Structure – January, 2003
Vice Chair, Auditions Committee – (Brown)
The “Auditions Committee” Vice-chair is responsible for all aspects of the chapter’s audition procedures, for both existing and potential members. His committee will assist the director in ensuring our procedures seek out, enroll and enrich the best possible musicians we can find.
New Member Musical Orientation - (TBD)
This position will represent the Music Team in the initial process of enrolling new members of the Heralds of Harmony performing chorus. He will coordinate with the Chorus Membership Committee to ensure the membership candidate has an accurate understanding of the requirements for singing with the chorus. He will coordinate with the Section Leaders to ensure a mentor is assigned to each membership candidate. He will prepare the new member checklist, track the individual’s progress, and inform the music team via written, monthly reports of his sub-committee’s efforts and progress.
Vocal Assessments - (Brown)
As a singing organization, we must hold our existing members to the highest level of singing prowess and ability possible, as well as ensure that our future members meet that standard as well. This sub-committee will oversee the process of ensuring that our singing standards are clearly understood and applied with fairness and respect.
Guest Voice Placement - (B. Mason, LeBlanc)
When potential member(s) indicate an interest in membership in the chorus, this position will meet with them briefly to conduct a basic test of vocal ability and assign a preliminary vocal part to the membership candidate. (This may or may not be the part they will sing if/when they become a member.)
Mentor Program Coordinator – (TBD)
This position will ensure that a “mentor” is assigned to each membership candidate, and will standardize the mentoring duties and responsibilities. Following initial voice placement, the applicable Section Leader will assign a member from his section as mentor for the membership candidate. The mentor will assist the Section Leader in preparing the candidate for the new-member audition process. Following successful completion of the audition, the mentor will help guide the new member through the process of learning the chorus repertoire.
New-member Auditions – (Nelson, Roberts, Brown)
When the mentor and/or section leader indicate that the membership candidate is ready, this position will administer the vocal audition. Much more stringent than the voice placement, this audition is meant to ensure our newest members meet the Herald’s high vocal standards. The candidate will be required to sing a chorus repertoire song in his assigned part as a member of a quartet. The other three quartet members will be selected by the New-member Auditions chairman. The determination of pass/fail will be made by the New-member Auditions chairman or his representative, and the appropriate Section Leader or Assistant Section Leader. Passing standard for the audition will include three elements: 1) 100% correct notes, 100% correct words, 3) basic vocal quality commensurate with ensemble singing.
Tape qualification and assessment – (Tripp)
This position will be responsible for tracking the progress of new members as they learn the chorus repertoire. This position will also track the tape qualification of existing members as new songs are introduced. He will coordinate the selection and assignment of Tape Adjudicators by the Section Leaders. As a potential or existing member may be have some trouble adhering to or meeting the vocal standards, this position will coordinate with the Section Leaders to ensure those members “in trouble” get the training and support they need to remain an active member of the contest/performing chorus. In addition, a periodic vocal review and assessment can be requested of an individual by the music director, a section leader, or at random by the vocal auditions sub-chair.
Visual Assessments – (Vokoun)
When one of our singers does not maintain active physical involvement with our music they detract from the entire ensemble’s effectiveness and professionalism. This position will ensure that potential members understand our visual standards and that our existing members hold themselves to that standard.
New member visual auditions and training – (Vokoun)
This position will develop and administer the visual audition standard for new members. As with the vocal audition, this is where we ensure our high standards are enforced. After a membership candidate has passed the vocal audition and has been accepted for membership in the chorus, the next phase will include learning the chorus repertoire including choreography and visual presentation. This position will coordinate with the Section Leaders and the Visual Training and Support Team to provide visual training for new members. Prior to assuming a position on the risers as a full fledged member of the performing chorus, the new member will be expected to pass a visual audition. The determination of pass/fail will be made by the New-member Visual Auditions Chairman or his representative, and the appropriate Section Leader or Assistant Section Leader.
Existing-member review and assessment – (T. Bronson, wedge leaders, front row manager)
This position will be responsible for developing criteria and standards for visual performance assessment. They will review the members’ ability to perform choreography, level of facial expression, and overall presentation. Assessments may be conducted using video tape or in person, as determined by the Director, Assistant Director, or Presentation Chairman. In addition, a periodic visual review and assessment can be requested for an individual by the music director, a section leader, or at random by the visual auditions sub-chair.
Visual Training and Support Team– (Yeager, Kleske, Grabill)
This position will be responsible for providing training and assistance to new members as they learn visual presentation and choreography for the chorus repertoire songs. As an existing member may be having some trouble adhering to or even meeting the visual standards, this position also is charged with ensuring those members “in trouble” get the training and support they need to remain an active member of the contest/performing chorus.