Requirements for Membership

The Ventura Youth Choir (VYC) is a community children's choir, open to singers age 8-13. We welcome students from within the community who are interested in developing their vocal technique and musicianship skills in a fun, fast-paced, and challenging choral ensemble setting

Before choosing to audition

The Ventura Youth Choir requires that our singers:

  • Have a love of music and singing!
  • Be able to stay focused for an extended period of time
  • Be able to sing in tune and be able to match pitches
  • Work willingly with the director, accompanist, and a group of other children
  • Additionally, parents must be willing to commit to a high level of responsibility concerning rehearsals and performances. 
If this describes you and your child, then the next step is to attend open auditions in early September.
 

The AUDITION Process

Placement auditions are posted on this website's Upcoming Events calendar, and registration is processed through the events there.

Students will be coached through the audition process, which takes about 15 minutes, by our Director. Students will learn the week after auditions whether or not they are selected.  Each audition is individualized to the singer, but they generally follow this format:

  • Introductions: Name, grade, school, and any music experience.
  • The student will be coached on how to sing a neutral vowel to find the student’s lowest and highest singable note to determine their vocal range.
  • Three random notes will be played and the student will be asked to sing them back. This will determine if the student can retain and match pitch.
  • The Director will coach the student through the song, “America the Beautiful.” This portion of the audition is to make sure the student can sing a melody while being accompanied by the piano.

Admission to the choir is based on interest, commitment, and musical ability.

No prepared song is necessary, and both beginning and experienced singers are welcome.

Once your child is accepted as a member of the Ventura Youth Choir, you will need to attend the new member parent meeting.

Financial Commitment

Costs for the 2019/2020 year is as follows:
  • Tuition: $250 annually
    • Limited scholarship funds are available for those who qualify.
  • Additionally, we recommend budgeting $200 per singer for performance attire (see below), tour expenses, and other miscellaneous expenses not included with tuition.

Tuition includes all choral music, a music folder, music theory book, weekly instruction, occasional workshops or guest artists

Please be advised that all financial commitments posted are only valid for the 2019/2020 year. All costs are subject to change in future years.

performance attire

Rehearsal Attire

  • We don’t require a particular style of clothing for rehearsals. Just come dressed neat and ready to practice. However, choir members are encouraged to wear their VYC T-Shirts!

Formal Performance Attire

  • Girls must wear a white long-sleeved dress shirt or blouse.  A black skirt or pants, black shoes, and black stockings/tights are required.
  • Boys must wear a white long-sleeved dress shirt.  Black dress pants, black dress shoes, and black socks are required.

Informal Performance Attire

  • All Choir Members: wear a VYC T-shirt, black pants or skirt, and black shoes. 
  • For our Norman Foote concert,  a solid, brightly colored shirt will be required instead of the VYC shirt..
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