Audition

Audition Information

The audition will be conducted by the Artistic Staff of YCCM. In lieu of a call-back process, the audition will be recorded and reviewed.  The audition will include:

  • Sing a familiar song (My Country 'tis of Thee, Happy Birthday, etc.)
  • Vocal Range
  • Sight Reading (melody and rhythm)
  • Tonal Memory

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Audition FAQ

Where does YCCM rehearse and for how long?

The two main ensembles, Cantanti and Con Brio, rehearse two hours each week on the campus of St. John’s University. Rehearsals run from 6:00-8:10 on Sunday evenings. The Women’s Chorale rehearses in the Choir Room at St. John’s Prep School and the Mixed Chorale rehearses in the Choir Room in the Stephen B. Humphrey Music Building. The season runs from September to May.

What are the requirements for YCCM?

Other than the audition, the only other requirement is that singers are enrolled in their local high school choirs. Because YCCM only meets for two hours per week, we cannot be a singer's sole source of vocal music education. Rare exceptions are made for home school students and those enrolled in Post-Secondary Education Option who cannot feasibly join their high school or college choir.

How many concerts per year does YCCM perform?

The Chorales perform approximately 6-8 times per year, oftentimes collaborating with well-known performing arts groups such as The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, Cantabile Girls’ Choir, St. Cloud State Concert Choir, Great River Chorale, Minnesota Center Chorale, Kantorei, The Singers, and From Age to Age. YCCM has also collaborated with well-known Gospel singer Jearlyn Steele and jazz singer Andrew Walesch.

What kinds of music do YCCM choirs sing?

The Youth Chorale performs a diverse range of choral literature, including Renaissance masterpieces, Spirituals, Gospel, Sacred, Secular, Pop, and even commissions a piece of new music every year. Past composers include: Matthew Culloton, Abbie Betinis, Eric Barnum, René Clausen, Dale Warland, and Timothy Takach.

What is the monetary commitment?

Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota families participate in a fair share program. Rather than being charged a set fee, families are shown the expense involved to make the program successful, and are asked to make a pledge for the year. Your pledge helps cover the cost of music, folders, uniforms (concert attire, cleaning, and polo shirt), staff, overnight stays, insurance, facility rental, and office expenses.If a contribution cannot be made, families are asked to volunteer their time in other ways. This season, the cost of operating YCCM divided by the number of singers is $1,287, and the suggested minimum fair share amount families were asked to give this season was $575. The great thing about YCCM’s Parent Pledge/Fair Share program is that families can pay according to their financial ability, thereby avoiding a cumbersome scholarship process. As an additional benefit, parents may count the pledge as a charitable contribution. Singers are accepted into YCCM based on their vocal abilities, and no singer who earns a position is turned away.

What do I do next?

Sign up for an audition! You will be informed in late March by email when audition forms are available and when you will be able to register for an early-May audition time slot.