Parents and Students,
We are sorry that we cannot listen to and evaluate everyone in person with the change in schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have thought long and hard about how to properly evaluate those who want to seek a placement exam since we cannot see them do it live. We feel that we have come up with a plan to make sure that everyone is heard and evaluated as best as possible under the circumstances. Here is the plan for Milton Chorus Placement Exams for 2020-21.
If you are a Current Milton Chorus student, you will need to complete a placement exam for either of these scenarios.
You wish to seek placement in a different ensemble for the 20-21 school year.
You wish to be considered for a section leader in any of the ensembles.
If you are content with your placement and do not wish to be considered as a section leader, you do not need to complete an audition and will remain in the current ensemble for the 20-21 school year.
If you are a New Member or Rising 9th Grader you will need to complete an audition to be considered for placement in Advanced Ensembles. All students who do not complete a placement exam will be placed in the appropriate choir with the following guidelines.
All men will be placed in Concert Choir.
All women will be placed in Bella Voce or Concert Choir based on a recommendation from the middle school teacher or previous vocal instructor.
Any student who complete a placement exam this year can request a live audition in the fall. This audition does not come with any promise of change of placement due to schedule requests and possible conflicts. All digital placement exams should be submitted by Thursday, April 16 by 4 PM.
Part 1: The Solo
Record yourself singing America (My Country 'tis of Thee). This should be a video recording, and you will submit it using the "Solo Submissions" button below. Sheet music and an accompaniment track are provided. A few tips for your video.
Make sure you are clearly visible in your recording. This is not the time to be camera shy - we want you to be front and center!
Find a well lit, distraction-free room to make your recording. Make sure there aren't any other people or noises in your submission. We want to see you, so make sure we can!
Make sure your video isn't shaky. Use a tripod, stand, or other props to steady your camera. Try to avoid having someone film you by hand.
Dress well. Certainly don't wear anything stiff or uncomfortable, but make an effort to look your best.
Finally, and most importantly, perform! With both your body AND your voice! Yes, this is a simple song but don't let that stop you from showing us what you've got!
Part 2: Sight Reading
Sight-reading submission will be made using Sight Reading Factory. Current Students will need to login into their account, click on "Classes" and enroll in the "Chorus Placement Exams for 2020-2021" course. Once enrolled, you will find the "Placement Exam Sight Reading" listed on your assignments page. If you are a New Students/Rising 9th Graders please follow the tutorial below to activate your Sight Reading Factory account and complete the assignment.