Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding annual auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1) to 12 on June 2-4, 2016 (times vary), in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.
LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.
Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 30th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)
Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven-level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. Advancement through the program is based on mid- and end-of-year evaluations. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.
High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.
There is a $50 fee per audition. Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request. Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.