Welcome to Cantus Contemporary Ensemble Auditions

For Season 12.2 (January 2022 through April 2022)

Cantus Youth Choirs is Treasure Valley’s largest community choral program for youth. Cantus has traditional ensembles and contemporary ensembles. We do not hold auditions for our traditional ensembles; everyone makes it into one of those! We DO hold auditions for our four contemporary ensembles.

Watch Courage to Change

Meet VoiceOver

Mixed
Individually miked
A cappella

Watch Rescue

Meet Bella Visi

Female
Individually miked
Accompanied

Watch Burn the Ships

Meet Fortis

Male
Individually miked
Accompanied

Watch Rise

Meet Contessa

Female
Ensemble miked
Accompanied


How do I audition?

Watch segments from these 5 audition videos.

You will video yourself singing to a provided back track. At the bottom of this page is a form and webcam recorder. You will use this webpage to record and submit your video. You will be asked to sing sing scales, intervals, a backup part to Get Here, and an a cappella solo of your choice. Watch this video with segments from 5 singer auditions to get an idea of what your audition will look like.


What are we looking/listening for?

There are no surprises.

We evaluate all auditions based on range, pitch-matching, part independence, solo ability, and poise. We do this through watching and hearing you sing the scales, intervals and songs of your audition. We will place you in VoiceOver, Bella Visi, Fortis, or Contessa based on your audition. Each singer is also required to participate in a traditional ensemble; you do not need to submit an audition to be placed in a traditional ensemble.

1

Your range

Range deals with how high and how low you can sing in a healthy manner. We’ll ask you to sing a scale. Sing as much of the scale as you can. We evaluate the color and tone of your voice as you sing through the extremes of your range.

2

Your pitch

Pitch-matching deals with how well you can hear a note and then sing that note. We’ll play a series of three notes, you will sing back what you hear. Don’t worry, everyone gets the same intervals and you can practice them ahead of time.

3

Your part

Part independence deals with how well you can stick to your part. We’ll ask you to sing 12 bars of your voice part of Get Here by Annie Roberts. Sheet music and practice tracks are included below. Practice, practice, practice. You have perfect control over how prepared you are.

4

Solo ability

Solo ability deals with how you look and sound when singing a solo. Please prepare 30-60 seconds of a pop song that flatters your voice and sing it a cappella. We’re looking for expressiveness, conviction, and pop styling.

5

Your poise

Poise deals with how you hold yourself when you sing. Do you look confident? Do you make eye contact? Is your performance compelling and engaging, or dull and boring? Let your eyes sparkle and your body come alive.


How to prepare?

Practice the practice files.

We strongly encourage you to practice with the back track before recording your audition. We don’t put you on stage without preparation; we feel the same way about auditions! Practice, practice, practice. You have 100% control over how prepared you are for your audition.

Part 1: Sing these scales and intervals

You will be asked to sing “la” on the following scales and intervals (in your octave).

Part 2: Sing your part to Get Here

You will be asked to sing 12 measures of Get Here by Annie Roberts. Please download the sheet music and use the practice files (below) to learn your part. There are 9 parts to choose from (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass, and Vocal Percussion). You can submit multiple auditions if you want to be considered for multiple voice parts.

(To download and print this sheet music, click/tap the … icon and choose “Download PDF” from the menu).

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Use these audio files to learn your parts to Get Here:

Part 3: Sing your solo

Prepare 30-60 seconds of a song that flatters your voice. You will perform this song a cappella (without accompaniment) immediately after singing Get Here. We recommend singing a verse and chorus of a pop song that flatters your voice.

Practice the full audition

Use these audio files to practice your full audition (scales, intervals, Get Here):


Submit your video audition!

Let’s do this!

Use this form to record and submit your audition. Use the playback controls to review your audition. If you don’t like it, re-record your audition before submitting. You will need to provide a cell phone and an email address so we can contact you about the status of your audition.