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. Auditions are held simply to ensure that members can sing on pitch and maintain harmonies and to identify one’s vocal range. They are very friendly and relaxed.
Are there any age or geographic restrictions on membership?:
Prospective members must be at least 18 years of age. 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.
When does the chorus conduct auditions?:
Auditions are held in January for the spring season and in July for the fall season.
How do I schedule an audition?:
Contact 917-969-1911 or email email@example.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, a song of your choice in any key and from any genre of music — just choose something you really like to sing and that’s easy for you to prepare. You can google any song that interests you to find recordings if that helps. If you happen to have sheet music for it, please bring — but it’s not required.
Second, “Amazing Grace” because it’s well known and has simple harmonies. We’ll use it to see if you can sing a line of harmony (that we’ll teach you) while the main tune is also going. Although it’s not the kind of song we perform in North River Sing, it lends itself well to our audition process. You do not need to prepare for this, but below are the lyrics (which we’ll also have handy at the time) for your reference:
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