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ERIE COUNTY Music Educators Association

"The arts are an essential element of education...[they] unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." —W. Bennett

Choral Guidelines

ELEMENTARY CHORAL:

Students are selected to an elementary all-county chorus by teacher recommendation.

Elementary (grades 5-6) Preliminary Applications must be completed at SoloChair.com between September 15th and the October 15th deadline.  The choral preliminary application asks for actual chorus registration by grade as well as the number of musically competent students by voice part that are worthy of recommendation. 

After October 15th, Elementary Choral Teachers will receive their Blue or Red Chorus designation  and their all-county registration allotment by voice part.  Registration will then be open at SoloChair.com for individual student names until the November 15th deadline.  Print out a confirmation/invoice form and retain for your records.

All ELEMENTARY cancellations and substitutions are made through the Choral Coordinator, Ann Mosner (from the list of registered students only) by the February 15th Elementary substitution deadline. No substitution can be made after the deadline. Names of substitutions made after Feb 1st will not appear in the concert program and will be announced from the stage.

JUNIOR HIGH CHORAL:

Students are selected to junior high all-county chorus by live vocal audition at the designated date and site for that festival. Teachers are to register student names and voice parts at SoloChair.com by the November 15th deadline.  Students will be asked to choose between being selected for all county chorus or band/orchestra at the vocal audition room. Print out a confirmation/invoice form and retain for your records.  Audition schedule will be emailed to teachers.

Please report cancellations to the Choral Coordinator, Ann Mosner right up to the Festival Weekend. Reporting cancellations prior to February 1 will help insure program accuracy. Since all students recommended for the JH Chorus at the auditions are selected, there are NO ALTERNATES.

Teachers must register students for auditions for SSA & SATB choruses by name and voice part on SoloChair.com by the November 15 deadline.
Audition materials and procedures ARE NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR as follows:  Students of the same voice part will receive an audition time, and will sing for an adjudicator in groups of 2-3. The audition will consist of 1) singing ascending and descending major scales on numbers, solfege syllables, or a neutral syllable; and 2) demonstrating both independent and ensemble singing ability by singing a designated round. Each of these singing tasks will first be sung in unison by all of the singers, then sung as first, second (and third) entrances. Both parts of the audition will be sung unaccompanied; music to the round will be available for the students' reference at the audition.  Updated sample materials and audition videos can be found at the 'Junior High Auditions' link.  This page can be accessed by the public - your students can download the music and view the videos for their own use. The round will emailed to the vocal teachers of he county at the beginning of the school year as well as available on the website.  There will be specified scales and keys by voicepart.

Students auditioning for both choral and instrumental ensembles will be asked to choose between being selectd for all-county chorus or band/orchestra at the audition room.

Teachers should submit only the names of those students whom they feel are qualified to participate in an auditioned All-County ensemble, and to represent their school and music program.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the audition process, please feel free to contact the Choral Committee Chairs Gary Lee (glee@ecmea.org) or Ann Mosner (amosner@ecmea.org)

SENIOR HIGH CHORAL:

Students are selected to senior high all-county chorus by live vocal quartet audition at the designated date and site for that festival. Teachers are to register the number of vocal quartet audition slots needed at SoloChair.com by the November 15th deadline and enter student names at SoloChair.com between the January 2nd and the January 15th deadline.  Only students registered by the January 15th deadline are eligible to audition.  Audition schedule will be emailed to teachers.  Teachers may not exceed the number of quartets which were requested by the November 15th deadline.  Print out a confirmation/invoice form and retain for your records. Students will be asked to choose between being selected for all-county chorus or band/orchestra at the vocal sight reading room.  All quartet students will be assigned a specific sight-reading audition room. All cancellations will be made through the Choral Coordinator, Ann Mosner and can be reported right up until the Festival Weekend. Reporting cancellations before February 1st will ensure program accuracy.