The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 (by September 1, 2015), on June 4 through 7 at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.
The LACC’s program focuses on training children who, even if without previous singing experience, love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort and no preparation is necessary.
Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, LACC is a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in LA County. LACC has six progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s “First Experiences in Singing” classes also offered in also Pasadena for 6 and 7 year olds.)
Rehearsals for entry-level choirs happen once a week at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They will receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations. The repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, and new music.
Performance opportunities include a Winter and a Spring concert each year, plus presentations at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among others.
There is a $50 fee per audition. Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request. Auditions will be held at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment call (626) 793-4231 or visit http://www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Photo: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus / Credit: Lee Salem