Students completing their
freshman, sophomore or junior year may audition for membership in the
William Horlick High School Chorale.
Each student will receive
audition materials and should sign up for an afterschool appointment to
sing in front of adult judges and outgoing senior members of current
Chorale (actual dates are posted on choir calendar –
Audition materials will
include (6) rhythm patterns and (6) solfege melodies to be practiced.
During the audition, the student will recite the rhythm pattern and sing
the melody determined by the number on shaken dice. The student is
permitted to use his/her practice packet. Once completed, the student
will be expected to sightread (1) new rhythm and (1) new solfege.
The student will sing “Dona
Nobis Pacem” (in a comfortable key) as a solo. The piano may be used to
give a starting note of student’s choosing.
Each student will prepare
the supplied song – “The National Anthem.” All girls will sing the ALTO
line. Boys can choose between tenor and bass. Excellent preparation is
essential as the auditioning student will sing in a quartet of outgoing
The final selection will be
student choice. In an effort to evaluate the personality of each singer,
please prepare a stylistic rendition of a well-known piece. Some
examples are: “Happy Birthday,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “The
Alphabet Song,” etc. Do have your selection picked and practiced as it
is not a choice that should be made in front of the judges!! The student
should showcase his/her love of singing and the versatility of his/her
voice. Be creative and have fun! Keep it short.
Chorale is the top concert
choir and its members will be expected to exhibit commitment to the
group, leadership skills with underclassmen, as well as independent
musicianship – preparing music and practicing outside the school day.
Additional rehearsals, concerts, fundraisers, and competitions may
involve extra evenings and/or weekends, including Retreat. All efforts
will be made by Mrs. Christensen to allow sufficient scheduling time.
The PARENTS of Chorale students will be encouraged to become ACTIVE
MEMBERS in our parent association (HVMPA). Many of our special events
rely on the cooperation and dedication of entire Horlick families.
Truancy and multiple
absences cannot be tolerated in Chorale. With the number of pieces we
prepare throughout the year, all choir members need to be present on a
daily basis. Students unable to fulfill this obligation may be removed
from Chorale and may be barred from auditioning in the following school
year. Direct communication with Mrs. Christensen about scheduling
conflicts is expected.
CHORALE MEMBERS PARTICIPATE
IN A MANDATORY SPRING BREAK TOUR. The location, number of days, cost,
and other details are worked out in a collaborative effort between the
HVMPA and Mrs. Christensen. Costs in the past years have ranged from
$600 to $1,500. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to
fundraise the entire cost of the trip. Scholarships and contests may
provide additional funding. Students unwilling/unable to commit to the
tour should sign up for the non-auditioned choirs: Lorelei (all female)
or Rebel Men.
Chorale students are
charged the annual $25 choir fee. In the event of a lost uniform item
(i.e. bowtie) the student will pay a replacement fee. Students with
incomplete uniforms may be prohibited from performing, which will result
in a lowered grade.
Students who are accepted
into Chorale will be invited to audition for Singers. Audition packets
will be provided at another time.
Open and print the
following pdf consent form:
Chorale Audition Consent