Local children's choir auditions still open

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Curt Yeomans


Technically, Monday was the deadline to apply for an audition spot with the Spivey Hall Children's Choir, but the singing group's general manager said she will continue accepting new applications through the end of the month, as long as there are audition spots available.

And, there were several audition spots still available on Monday afternoon, according to Spivey Hall Children's Choir General Manager Carol Abarr.

Auditions for the youth singing group, which was founded in 1994, will be held on April 30, at Spivey Hall, which is located on Clayton State University's main campus in Morrow, according to an announcement from the school. Abarr said she already has approximately 30 children signed up for audition spots, but she added she had as many as 30 auditions left to fill as this week began.

So, Abarr said she is still taking applications for the children's choir auditions.

"...I'll keep taking applications as long as I have spots available," Abarr said. "They can [even] apply on April 29, and if I have space available, I'll set up an audition time for them."

Abarr said the auditions for new spots in the choir program are only open to children who will be between the ages of 10, and 13 on Sept. 1, and the available spots are in the group's Children's Choir and Young Artists Choir. Once a youngster joins the choir program, though, he or she can remain in it until age 18, she added.

The Children's Choir, and the Young Artists Choir perform two concerts per year, Abarr said. She added that the Young Artists Choir is a "preparatory" performing choir, where participants learn basic music performance skills, such as how to read sheet music.

Abarr added that there is a third choir in the program, the Touring Choir, but she said youths have to spend at least one year in the Children's Choir before they can audition for membership in the touring choir. The Touring Choir performs with the Children's Choir during concerts at Spivey Hall, she said. There are approximately 180 children in the program, spread out across the three choirs, she added.

"Our heaviest concentration of members come from Clayton County and Henry County, but we have members who come from as far away as Macon, and as far away as Rome," Abarr said. "We pull from 17 different counties."

Abarr said youths who audition for membership in the choir will be auditioning only in front of Martha Shaw, the artistic director for the Spivey Hall Children's Choir program, and Craig Hurley, the director of the Young Artists Choir.

"They [auditioning youngsters] have to be able to sing the first verse of 'My Country, 'Tis of Thee', and then [Shaw and Hurley] will check their [vocal] range, and they [the auditioning youths] will have to do some tonal recall exercises," Abarr said.

The choir's web site, www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org/, shows youths applying for membership in the singing program must include two teacher recommendations, written on special forms provided by the Spivey Hall Children's Choir. The forms are available on the web site.

Audition applications can be obtained by going to the choir's web site, or by sending an e-mail to sing@spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org. The application cost is $5, and cash or checks will be accepted, according to a copy of the application form. The application states checks should be made payable to Clayton State University.

"Once I receive their application, I turn around and confirm [an audition] time with them," Abarr said.

Applications may be sent to: Spivey Hall Children's Choir Program, Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, Ga. 30260. Call (770) 946-9072 for more information.