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Strathmore Children's Chorus auditions are currently closed. The next auditions will take place in June and August, 2018 for the 2018-2019 season.

Saturday, June 16, 9am-2pm (Strathmore Mansion, Music Room)

Saturday, June 23, 3pm-6pm (Strathmore Main Music Hall, Room 402)

Wednesday, August 22, 5pm-7:00pm (*AMP)

Thursday, August 23, 5pm-7:00pm (*AMP)

Saturday, August 25, 9am-2pm (*AMP)

*AMP 11810 Grand Park Avenue, 4th floor, N. Bethesda, MD 20852 

The audition format is a 25-minute vocal interview session which does not require any advance preparation. Auditions are open to all students from 2nd-12th grade who love to sing, and who want to see what our directors and rehearsals are like. Children in groups of up to ten at a time, divided by elementary, middle and high school ages, will work with one of Strathmore’s ensemble directors and get a sense of warm up routines, music reading games, and learning some music to sing. Parents are welcome to observe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do parents schedule an audition?

An online application link will become available in early April for the May and June sessions. 

How should I prepare for my audition?

Warm-up your voice by singing before you arrive. Get a good night’s sleep before your audition and stay hydrated that day. Arrive 15 minutes early so your parent/guardian can check you in and you can relax.

What will happen at the audition?

You'll do singing exercises with up to nine other students in your approximate age group. Vocal Interviews are divided by elementary, middle and high school. You'll learn some music, do some warm-ups, meet our directors, and get a feel for what rehearsal is like. Your session will last about 25 minutes.

How are children placed in an ensemble?

For children entering grades 2-12 (who are at least 7 years of age), placement will be considered for the following ensembles:

  • Preparatory Choir, rehearsing Mondays 5:30-6:30pm. Preparatory Choir sings in the lobby before concerts and out in the community at other events, as singers develop skills to be ready to sing onstage starting in Apprentice Choir. 
  • Apprentice Choir, rehearsing Tuesdays 5:15-6:15pm.
  • Treble Choir, rehearsing Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm
  • Concert Choir (open to unchanged male voices and girls), rehearsing Mondays 5:30-7:00pm
  • Young Men's Choir (changed male voices through age 18), rehearsing Mondays 7:15-8:45pm. 

What are the application and tuition costs? Are there scholarships available?

Tuition for the 2017-2018 season is $600; students admitted mid-year will be charged $300. There is a $50 discount for siblings. The non-refundable application fee of $25, required prior to auditioning, will be will be credited to student tuition for students admitted to the chorus. Scholarships are available for both tuition and wardrobe upon approval. Please contact Suzanne Bagheri at [email protected] to request an application. 

When are parents/guardians notified about the audition results and placement?

Results and placement will be sent by July 1, 2018. Families must then confirm their acceptance of choir placement by registering their child(ren) for SCC via the provided online form and paying tuition. An informational welcome meeting will take place at the first rehearsals in September. 

For More Information

For any additional questions, please visit our website, or contact [email protected]