Audition Guidelines & Application

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NATS  Student Auditions:

CENTRAL NEW YORK/FINGER LAKES CHAPTER AUDITIONS

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Location: SUNY-Oswego

https://www.oswego.edu/

7060 Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126-3599
315.312.2500

Application Due: October 1

Annual Business Meeting: Friday, October 27, 2017

(Time: 8 pm, Location: SUNY Oswego)

 

Purpose (from  “Mission”):

– Inspire and encourage students and teachers to continue their dedication to, and growth in, the art of singing

– Create a collegial and supportive atmosphere that encourages excellent artistic singing.

– Provide constructive, written feedback from a panel of experienced and impartial adjudicators

– Recognize and honor outstanding performances

GENERAL STATEMENTS:

  1. The auditions are for students in all stages of vocal study.
  2. Each student sings in a classification with other students of the same academic standing (Age and Length of Study reinstated by NATS National, 2015 ).
  3. The emphasis is on constructive criticism for each student; the auditions are non-competitive as well as competitive.
  4. Auditions are typically open giving students the opportunity to hear each other, but may be closed at the discretion of the adjudicators.
  5. Excellence will be recognized by monetary awards and presentation of the winners in a recital at the end of the day.

CLASSICAL DIVISION

  1. HIGH SCHOOL
    • Lower High School  Men – Student in Grade 9 and 10 . No time limit for Study
    • Lower High School Women –Student in Grade 9 and 10. No time limit for Study
    • Upper High School   Men – Student in Grade 11 and 12 .No time limit for Study
    • Upper High School   Women – Student in Grade 11 and 12-No time limit for Study
    • Classical Repertoire ; Three pieces of contrasting moods and styles. Repertoire must include at least one song in English; one in a foreign language. Operatic arias not encouraged, but allowed at the discretion of the teacher. All repertoire must be performed by memory. No musical theatre selections in this category.

 

  1. COLLEGE
    • First Year Men Age limit 20 and up to 1 year of post high school study
    • First Year Women- Age limit 20 and up to 1 year of post high school study
    • Second Year Men-Age limit 22 and up to 2 years study post-high school
    • Second Year Women- Age limit 22 and up to 2 years study post-high school

Classical First Year & Second Year Repertoire; Three pieces of contrasting moods and styles. One piece in English; at least one in another language. Aria (operatic or oratorio) acceptable but not necessary. All repertoire must be performed from memory. No musical theatre selections in this category.

    • Third Year Men- Age limit 23 and up to 3 years study post high school
    • Third Year Women- Age limit 23 and up to 3 years study post high school
    • Fourth/Fifth Year Men- Age limit-25 and 3-5 years of study post high school as an undergraduate
    • Fourth/Fifth Year Women- Age limit 25 and 3-5 years of study post high school as an undergraduate

Classical Third Year & Fourth/Fifth Year Repertoire. Four pieces, including foreign language art song, an art song in English and an appropriate aria sung in the original language or English translation. If one of the four songs is an extended dramatic aria, the other three songs should be art songs. All repertoire must be performed from memory. No musical theatre selections in this category.

  1. ADVANCED
    • Lower Advanced  Age 22-26 with 5-7 years of study post high school–
    • Upper Advanced  Age 25-30 with 7+ years of study post high school
    • Repertoire; Five songs, including two arias (one from opera & one from oratorio – may be sung in English translation), two art songs representing two different foreign languages, and one contemporary art song. All repertoire must be
    • performed from memory including Oratorio pieces.
  1. ADULT
    • Singers with a minimum of 2 years of study who have not completed a voice degree and/or do not fit into another category.

Repertoire and requirements are the same as the First Year College repertoire. All repertoire must be performed from memory.

 

 MUSICAL THEATRE

  1. HIGH SCHOOL

Lower High School Men Grade 9 and 10.

Lower High School Women Grade 9 and 10.

Upper High School Men Grade 11 and 12.

Upper High School Women Grade 11 and 12

    • Repertoire High School- 3 pieces, including a selection written in 1960 or earlier, one contrasting song written in 1961 or later, any style musical theater song of your choosing. All repertoire must be from the score of a book show written or intended for a fully realized musical production.  The production may be a musical (including film musicals), revue, or song cycle.

 

  1. COLLEGE

Lower Division Men- Age limit 22 with up to 2 years post high school study

Lower Division Women- Age limit 22 with up to 2 years post high school study

Upper Division Men- Age limit 25 with 3-5 years post high school study

Upper Division Women- Age limit 25 with 3-5 years post high school study

Repertoire Lower Division – Three pieces, including an up tempo and a ballad. The singer should demonstrate legit and belt singing. One selection should predate 1965. All repertoire must be memorized. All repertoire must be from the score of a book show written or intended for a fully realized musical production.  The production may be a musical (including film musicals), revue, or song cycle.

Repertoire Upper Division –Four pieces including an up-tempo and a ballad. The singer should demonstrate legit and belt singing. One selection should predate 1965.All repertoire must be memorized. All repertoire must be from the score of a book show written or intended for a fully realized musical production.  The production may be a musical (including film musicals), revue, or song cycle.

 

ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION:

  1. Any student currently studying with a member of CNYFL-NATS is eligible.
  2. Due to time and scheduling limitations, each teacher will be allowed no more than four (4) students in each category.
  3. Students may enter a classical category OR the musical theater category – not both.
  4. One application form should be filled out for each student. All performers must enter their age at the time of their audition in the space provided on the application form.
  5. Application Fees: $10 for High School, College, and Adult. $15 for Advanced. Fees MUST be paid in advance. A student will not be scheduled to sing without payment accompanying the application. Performers should supply their own pianists. Teachers may not play for their students. If a pianist IS needed, a space is provided for the request on the application form. An extra fee of $30 is required for each accompanist requested.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Please pay using PayPal via Student Application Form. You may also pay by check, for scheduling purposes, the TEACHER is to collect ALL fees being paid by check  (application and accompanist) and send in one check/payment for the total amount, payable to CNYFL-NATS: Send the check to

Ivy Walz:

James J. Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College

953 Danby Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

  1. REMINDER: According to the bylaws, students will not be allowed to participate if the teacher’s chapter dues are not paid.No accompanist will serve more than 8 students for scheduling purposes (as of Spring 2001 meeting).
  2. Repertoire List: Three copies of the repertoire list (which includes the contestant number, category, song titles, and composers) must be presented to the judges by the performer at the time of the audition. The performer’s name should NOT appear on the repertoire list. Only the contestant number, assigned at the time of the application, should appear. Blank forms will be provided at the audition site.

ADJUDICATION:

  1. Teachers who enter students in the auditions are expected to attend and be available to judge or assist in other activities for the full day. Any teacher who does not attend must send a replacement teacher who is not sending his/her own students.
  2. Ordinarily, three judges will adjudicate in each category.  A teacher will NOT judge his/her own students.
  3. The Preliminary Round is not intended to be extremely competitive. Each student should be judged against a standard for the division in which he/she is participating. However, judges are strongly urged to be honest and selective in judging this round. Not everyone should expect to advance to the semi-final round. Judges comments and suggestions should be constructive and helpful, but the grade should reflect a student’s standing respective to his/her peers.
  4. Winners will be chosen from the Semi-Final Round.
  5. Any student not meeting repertoire requirements or observing other policies enforced by the chapter will not be advanced to the next round and will not receive a score, but will still receive comments from the adjudicators.

SCHEDULE (approximate):

  1. Preliminary Auditions: 9 AM to 1 PM. Each student will sing his/her own choice and as many other songs as time allows. All songs might be not performed.
    • High School singers are allotted 8 minutes; First Year/Second Year & Adult singers are allotted 10 minutes.
    • Third Year/Fourth/Fifth Year singers are allotted 12 minutes; Advanced singers are allotted 15 minutes.
  2. Lunch Break: 1 PM-2PM.
  3. Semi-Final Auditions: 2 PM to 4 PM. Only students who have received two grades of 90 or above, or an average of 90 or above, will sing in the Semi-Finals.
  4. Winners’ Recital: Approximately 4 PM. Winners will be announced and those taking first place in any category will sing one selection of their choosing.

NATS POLICY ON COPYRIGHT LAWS:

http://www.nats.org/copyright_info.html:

The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level.

Exceptions are:

  1. Music that is out of print, still under copyright law, with permission from a publisher.
  2. Sheet music or books for which the copyright has expired, but available in CD format. (e.g., CD Sheet Music). Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
  3. Sheet music purchased legally from an online vendor. Such music should have either a separate page proving the performer has purchased such or a copyright notice at the bottom of the music that includes the performer’s name. Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
  4. Music available from approved public domain websites. Performers should take particular care when accessing these sites as some do not guarantee that all works are indeed in the public domain. Current approved online public domain sites are:

www.imslp.org

www.sheetmusicarchive.net

 

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