Frequently Asked Questions
How do students join Strathmore Children’s Chorus?
Details of our annual spring auditions can be expected in late January. Check this site or follow us on social media for announcements, information on applications and audition times.
To schedule the audition, go to the Signup Genius link when it becomes available, and choose a time slot.
When and where are the auditions?
Auditions for the 2017-2018 choral season will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and Saturday, June 17, 2017.
All applicants must submit through the online application and pay the application fee in order to be considered for an invitation to audition. Application fees will be applied to student tuition for students admitted to the chorus. Follow us on social media for audition announcements.
We do not conduct mid-year auditions.
Where does the Strathmore Children’s Chorus rehearse and perform?
Rehearsals for all ensembles are held at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Special rehearsals may be held offsite with prior notification (typically in the Bethesda or Rockville area).
All ensembles rehearse on either Monday or Tuesday evenings.
Each ensemble will perform a Winter Concert and a Spring Concert each year. Additional special performances may be scheduled with notification. Summer tours (domestic or international) may be arranged through invitation and as an optional music experience for choristers.
Winter and Spring Concerts are at the Music Center at Strathmore; additional/special performances traditionally are held in the metro area. Any additional performance dates will be announced will be both announced to the applicable ensembles and posted on the SCC website Calendar.
What styles of music do the children perform?
Strathmore Children’s Chorus ensembles learn and perform a wide range of choral music, from medieval hymns to modern pop. Lyrics are often in languages other than English, and the selection of music is appropriate to the age of each ensemble. Music is chosen to enrich each child's musical education and experience, and to challenge them to work together and accomplish a gratifying performance of challenging choral works.
Please note some of the repertoire selections for the Strathmore Children’s Chorus are drawn from a wealth of classic choral music, much of which has a long and rich history based on religious texts, and may also include patriotic music. We perform a Winter Concert each year which may include music representing major religions. Rehearsals during a large part of the first semester focus on the Winter Concert repertoire and may include some secular holiday, winter-themed, Christmas, Hannukah, and/or Kwanzaa songs.
Please contact the managing director if you have concerns about the repertoire.
What are the application and tuition costs? Are there scholarships available?
There is an application fee of $25. Application fees will be credited to student tuition for students admitted to the chorus.
Tuition for the 2016-2017 choral season is $525 (September-June). There is a $50 discount for siblings. Tuition covers less than half our cost. Grants and donations make up the difference. Tuition is due by August 15.
Scholarships are available for both tuition and wardrobe upon approval. A financial assistance application is available by contacting the managing director, Victoria Campbell Osborne.
Are there wardrobe requirements?
Yes, each chorister will be responsible for purchasing required performance attire. In addition, a t-shirt will be provided to each student for use at special events. Upon admission, each family will provided the wardrobe requirements for their ensemble.
Attire for each ensemble is different, with costs varying from $50-100. Scholarships are available to help defray the costs.
Who is on staff with the Strathmore Children’s Chorus?
We are proud of our diverse staff which collectively represents more than 100 years’ experience in education and choral music. Our Artistic Director, Christopher G. Guerra, currently serves as choral director at Ridgeview Middle School in Montgomery County.
For biographies on our staff, please refer to the About Us, Artistic Staff and Administrative Staff pages.
How should I prepare for my audition?
The audition is a simple vocal assessment. Applicants should prepare by reviewing the requirements for each ensemble in the audition announcement. Students are required to dress in comfortable performance attire (many students simply wear a white shirt and dark pants/skirt with black shoes) for the audition. Get a good night’s sleep the evening before.
What will happen at the audition?
Warm-up your voice by singing before you arrive.
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned audition time in order to complete this assessment and to double check the contact information on your form, as well as have their photo taken.
The entire audition process is typically 20-30 minutes, but may go longer. Please plan to be onsite for an hour.
Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with staff and ask questions during this time.
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 based upon eligibility and availability at SCC discretion:
- [Grades 2-4] Training Chorus
- [Grades 5-8] Treble Chorus (grades 5-8)
- [Grades 9-12] Concert Chorus (open to both boys/girls) or Young Men's Chorus [changed male voices through age 18]
When are parents notified about the audition results and placement?
Results and placement decisions will be emailed to families on or before July 1. Families must register their child(ren) for SCC by using the online registration form no later than August 1.
Is there a membership directory?
Members have access to the member-only web site, where they can view ensemble and contact information. In addition, a carpool map is published, which includes all families who did not opt-out of this feature.
Is there a volunteer requirement?
We encourage students and family members to volunteer at rehearsals, special events (such as Back to Chorus Fair and auditions, and on concert days. We believe the active engagement of parents and guardians in their children’s activities enhance the experience for the child and for the family. If you have other skills you would like to share, please contact the managing director.
How can I learn more about the Strathmore Children’s Chorus?
Browse our website, attend one of our choral clinics, follow us on social media, or contact Victoria Campbell Osborne, Managing Director, by email [email protected] or phone (301) 581-5237.
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