Welcome to the Auriel Scholar, Class of 2017-2018!
The Auriel Scholar – this educational program, aimed at mentoring college-aged voice students, provides practical experience and knowledge of the inner workings of a professional arts organization.
Imagine being a college music student and having the opportunity to sing in a fast-paced professional choir, acquiring advanced choral and vocal skills, learning challenging repertoire and adding practical performance experience to one’s resume – all the while learning the business skills it takes to become a music professional. The Auriel Scholar program is a valuable apprenticeship that will help students get a head-start on their professional musical careers.
Now accepting applications for the Auriel Scholar, Class of 2017-2018
Students who win a place in this program will:
- join Auriel Camerata for rehearsals and performances of selected concerts in our regular season.
- receive a subsidy of $175 per concert that can help finance summer program application fees, competition fees and professional services such as headshots.
- have professional guidance, in the form of audition coaching, master classes and assistance writing performance resumes and biographies.
To be eligible for the Auriel Scholar program, a candidate must:
- be a matriculated student in a vocal performance, music education, or creative arts/liberal arts degree program at an accredited college or university. This includes associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree students.
- submit an online application form.
- submit two recommendations from music professionals – one should be from the candidate’s current voice teacher. Recommendations should include the contact information of the author. Recommendations may be mailed as a .pdf or .doc attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, OR mailed to: Auriel Camerata, Attn: Auriel Scholar Program, PO Box 2551, Glenville NY 12325.
- present a live audition. Please read the audition FAQ below.
Please note that special consideration will be given to those candidates who express
an interest in pursuing a career in performing arts/music education.
The 2016/17 Auriel Scholar program auditions will be held on September 17, 2016 from 1-3 pm.
All candidates must submit an online application. Walk-ins will not be heard.
Application deadline is Thursday, September 14, 2017. All materials, including application and recommendations, must be submitted by then.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the time commitment in regards to rehearsals?
We do not rehearse on a weekly basis. We typically rehearse three to four times prior to a concert. Because our singers are highly trained, this professional model makes efficient use of their time and allows us to attract singers from cities such as New York and Boston who might not otherwise be able to attend a weekly rehearsal.
What should I prepare for my audition?
Two contrasting solos that showcase your skills, technique and musicality; memorized; one of these solos should be in a foreign language.
What should I bring with me to the audition?
- A copy of your music for the accompanist. Music must be in a binder (no loose pages), and must be in the key in which it is to be sung.
What should I expect from the audition?
- An accompanist will be provided for you. There is no need to engage your own accompanist.
- Candidates may be asked some questions regarding their singing experience.
- Candidates may be asked to sing a series of warm-ups with the artistic director to show vocal range.
- Candidates will be asked to sing one or both of their prepared solos.
- Candidates will be asked to sight-read a short piece that will be provided at the audition.
What happens after my audition?
The audition panelists will evaluate your audition and make a decision based on tone quality, pitch accuracy, rhythm accuracy, musicality, technique and diction. Consideration will be given to the candidate’s blend with the current make-up of the group. Careful consideration will be given to the two required recommendations. Notification of audition result is typically given two weeks after your audition.