Programming Changes During COVID
Phoenix Children’s Chorus has expanded rehearsal options to start the 20-21 season. Choristers and their families will be able to choose from either an in person or live stream rehearsal option. This will allow families the choice to experience PCC the way that works best for their family. Families can move between rehearsal format options at any time providing the flexibility needed during an unpredictable time.
Fall 2020 rehearsals will be held in Phoenix at Shrine Event Center 552 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, East Valley at Foothills Community Church 700 S Hamilton St, Chandler, AZ 85225, and live stream option is available for all rehearsals.
Mid-season auditions will be available on the following dates:
Saturday, December 12 – 9:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, December 16 – 5:30-7:30
Monday, January 4th – 5:30-7:30
Friday, January 8 – 5:30-7:30
Grades K-11 Sign Up for an Audition
Safety during COVID
PCC has always placed a high priory on chorister safety and right now is no different. Please watch the following video to learn more about the safety procedures we have in place for the start of our season.
Neither prior choral experience nor the ability to read music is necessary to audition, and a child does not need to prepare an audition song. During the audition, a PCC artistic team member will lead the child through the process. The audition is designed to minimize stress and provide a positive experience with music for every child. We never want finances to determine a child’s ability to participate so we have support options available to support families who need it.
About Zoom Auditions:
Children will be individually auditioned by two of our talented artistic team members. The audition will last 5-10 minutes, and they will be evaluated on pitch matching, vocal production, and presentation. We will email you the Zoom link a few days before your audition. Families will be notified of the results by email a few days following the audition.
Special Note for grades K-3: Every age-eligible child in grades K-3 that auditions will be placed into either a choir (Presto/Vivo) or our general music experience (Poco Voce). The placement is based on their age, experience, skill, and maturity. There is a place for every child at PCC. There is no audition needed to be a part of Poco Voce our general music experience. If you would like you participate, you may register without an audition at:
Auditions/Placements will consist of:
Short Vocalese / Warm-Up Pattern
Sing a Song
Grades K-5: “ABC Song” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star“
Grades 6-11: “Happy Birthday”
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is able to audition?
Auditions are open to all boys and girls kindergarten through 12th grade.
What is the difference between an audition and placement?
Auditions are an evaluation of whether the child has the ability and skills to be successful as a member of the program. Placements are an evaluation of what skills the child possess so that we can find the best fit for them in our program.
How do I sign my child up for an audition?
You may either fill out and submit the online form via this web site (preferred), or call (602) 456-5507 to make an appointment. Please mark you home calendar with this appointment date and time.
Is there a cost to audition?
There is no cost to audition. However, by signing up for an audition, we expect that you intend to enroll your child in our program. All singers pay a registration fee and monthly tuition. These fees vary by choir, and more information can be found at https://phoenixchildrenschorus.org/join/responsibilities-and-cost/.
Is there a cost to participate in PCC?
Yes. All singers pay a registration fee and monthly tuition. These fees vary by choir, and more information can be found at https://phoenixchildrenschorus.org/join/responsibilities-and-cost/
What if I’m unsure if I can afford your program?
Fear not! We have an extensive tuition assistance program that might be just right for you. Tuition assistance is awarded based on application and need. Please contact the office at (602) 534-3788 or email email@example.com for further information.
Where do the auditions take place?
Remotely using Zoom. (https://zoom.us/) You will need to have access to internet and a device with a camera (phone, iPad, laptop, etc.). We will email you the Zoom link a few days before your audition.
Does my child need to prepare anything for the audition?
No. They will work directly with a member of the artistic team throughout their audition. The team member will teach and guide them through the entire process. If they do not know any of the possible audition songs, our team will work with them to find something they can sing.
Does my child need to have a music background?
No, we are looking for children who have a clear and pleasant singing voice, who love to sing and can match pitch. We are a choral music education organization and we will teach the child how to sing in an ensemble.
May I help my child with the remote audition?
Of course! If they are not familiar with Zoom the child may need your help getting started. However, once we are started, we suggest you leave the room. Our team has found that most children are far more successful and independent when family members are not present for the audition.
How long will the audition last?
The audition will last about 5-7 minutes at most. Every audition is unique, and we want to ensure that every child has the time they need to be successful. It is very important that each family logs in a few minutes prior to their audition time to ensure that they are ready to begin.
How will I be notified of the audition result?
Everyone who auditions will receive an email giving the audition results and possible choir placement for your child within a few days of the audition.
If I haven’t received an email, does that mean my child wasn’t accepted?
Absolutely not. We will communicate with you regardless of your child’s acceptance status or choir placement. It is possible the email was marked as spam or that there was an error. Please check your junk mailbox or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What choir will my child be placed in?
Choir placement is determined through a combination of age, voice type, musical aptitude, and rehearsal skills. After your child’s audition you will receive an acceptance email which states your child’s assigned choir. For information on our specific choirs, click here.
When does the choir season start and how long is it?
Our choir season mirrors a typical school year. We start weekly rehearsal in mid-August and finish mid-May. We take a holiday break for several weeks in December.