Davis High School Jazz Choir – Pre-Audition Information
The Davis High School Jazz Choir, an auditioned choir, performs about fifteen times per year with an annual educational “Spring Tour.” Students perform in Choir costumes, formal dresses for the girls and tuxedos for the boys. In the winter, students present the annual Cabaret Dinner Show, our largest fundraiser and an opportunity for students to showcase the talents they have developed. The Jazz Choir requires a full commitment on the part of its members, with volunteer support from parents/guardians of choir members. Choir success is directly related to the level of student and parent participation and the financial support of each Choir family.
Please note these critical factors before auditioning:
- Students are expected to participate fully in the classroom, in mandatory weekly sectional rehearsals outside of class time, in community outreach opportunities, and in all performances. The director may choose to lower a student’s grade as a result of unexcused absences.
- Parents are expected to attend a monthly meeting to discuss matters of importance to the choir. Parents are expected to spend time assisting with Choir events and fundraising activities.
In order to raise the necessary funds for Choir performance attire and for the scheduled annual Spring Tour, Jazz Choir families are asked to make a yearly fairshare donation. The suggested fairshare donation for the 2019-2020 school year will be $2000 per family. Every student who auditions will be considered, even if parent(s) are unable to provide a monetary contribution. Parent participation is estimated to be approximately 5 hours per month during the school year.
More details will be given at the pre-audition Parent Meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 4 pm. Parents of auditioning students are strongly encouraged to attend to hear about the audition process and the Jazz Choir experience.
Jazz Choir Audition registration may be submitted either online at http://bit.ly/DHSChoirAuditions or by downloading an application from http://bit.ly/DHSChoirAuditionsPaper and mailing it, with a postmark by Feb 22, 2019. Applications are available for pick up at school offices.
What are Jazz Choir Auditions Like?
In the early spring of each year, auditions for the next year’s Jazz Choir are held in combination with the Madrigals and the Advanced Treble Choir. An Audition Form will be due (typically in Feb); then a Pre-Audition Meeting will be held for learning about the Choir and Audition process; and finally you’ll audition during assigned times (typically in early March).
Jazz Choir auditions involve both a Vocal and a Dance Audition.
Vocal Audition — comprised of pitch matching, range test, sight singing, and solo performance. The student may select any song that best demonstrates his/her singing ability. The solo must be sung unaccompanied. Up to 100 points will be assigned based upon demonstration of singing skill (tone/intonation/musicality), musicianship, and stage presence.
Dance Audition — done en masse with all other candidates for Jazz Choir. All are taught a dance by our choreographer and given time, with the help of senior members of the current Jazz Choir, to practice their steps in smaller groups. All are reconvened and audition in groups of 4 students for our panel of judges. Each group gets 2 opportunities to perform their dance audition. Points are assigned on a 5 point scale (5 being best) according to each candidates demonstrated ability to learn quickly and move with coordination.
Vocal and Dance scores are multiplied to reach a final score. Membership in Jazz Choir is determined by each student’s choice of choir and rank in scores.