Auditions

When can I audition?:

Our next round of auditions will be for sopranos and tenors on Tuesday, July 24th from 7 to 9 PM. All auditions are held at 64 Wayne Street in downtown Jersey City. They will be for our fall season, which runs from September 2018 to mid-June 2019 (exact dates will be available shortly). Apologies to altos and basses; we are full up with you guys for now but will keep this page updated on auditions for your sections.

The philosophy behind our auditions:

NRS is a community chorus in the truest sense.  While some of our members do have trained voices and experience singing in choirs, no formal training, choral experience or ability to read music is required to join.  Auditions are held to identify singers’ vocal ranges and to ascertain whether those auditioning can sing on pitch and maintain harmonies. They are very friendly and relaxed.

Are there any age or geographic restrictions on membership?:

North River Sing is open to individuals at least 18 years old. Although we rehearse in Jersey City, our members come from all over.

Is there a membership fee?:

Membership costs $195 per person per session. We are a non-profit organization, and the fee covers our operating expenses (otherwise we could not exist). If the expense would be a real hardship for you but you love to sing and still want to audition, please give us a call to discuss some options.

How do I schedule an audition?:

Contact 917-969-1911 or email northriversing@gmail.com.

What should I sing for my audition?:

You will be asked to sing two songs. Our music director will accompany you on piano.

First, either one song from the list below, in which case we will email you sheet music for it ahead of time, or any song of your choice so long as you bring with you piano sheet music for it in the key of your choice. (You can find such sheet music easily and inexpensively on websites such as music notes.com.)

The songs we can send you ahead of time are:

“Cabaret” from Cabaret
“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
“Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks
“Singin’ in the Rain”
“My Funny Valentine”

Second, we’ll ask you to sing two simple lines of harmony to “Amazing Grace” (a song that is outside of our repertoire but that we’ve chosen because it lends itself well to our audition process). We will send you both the lyrics and a vocal recording of the harmony ahead of time. During the audition, your job will be to sing the harmony while our music director plays the melody in the background. The purpose of this is to see if you can learn harmonies and hew to them while being distracted by the melody, which is something our members need to do every week during rehearsal.

For your reference (although we will also email you this info), the lyrics are below:

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see