When can I audition?:
Auditions will be held at the Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St. in downtown Jersey City on Mon., Aug. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tues., Sept. 6 from 8 to 10 p.m. They last about 10 minutes each.
Please email our music director, Conrad Chu, at ConradChu@gmail.com to arrange an audition. Kindly put “North River Sing Auditions” in the subject line. In order to be scheduled for an audition, singers will need to bring proof of full vaccination to the tryout.
The Philosophy of 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?:
We have two seasons per year, and membership costs $225 per season not including a $30 refundable deposit for sheet music. (The fee covers our operating expenses.) If the expense would be a real hardship for you, but you love to sing and still want to audition, please let us know. For our fall 2022 season, we are offering five full scholarships!
How do I schedule an audition?:
Email ConradChu@gmail.com, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
What do auditions consist of?:
We’d like to hear you sing a song, and we’d also like to see how well you execute harmonies. You may sing any show tune or jazz standard song as long as you bring with you two sets of sheet music for it in the key you wish to sing it in.
Alternatively, feel free to download one of these five songs from our “auditions materials” tab (which can be found by hovering over the “auditions” tab):
“Cabaret” from Cabaret
“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
“Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks
“Singin’ in the Rain”
“My Funny Valentine”
You will also be asked to sing two simple lines of harmony to “Amazing Grace” (a song that is outside of our repertoire but that lends itself well to auditions). Your job will be to sing the harmony—and stick to it—while our music director plays the melody on the piano. If you do not have experience doing this, we recommend that you memorize the harmonies ahead of time. This will help you not get distracted by that pesky piano!
All of the materials you need for both exercises (including the harmonies to “Amazing Grace”) can be found by hovering over the “Auditions” tab again and clicking on “Audition Materials” in the the drop-down menu that appears.
Please know how much we appreciate your interest in auditioning, and don’t be at all intimidated by the prospect of it. Our members include plenty of people with little to no formal music or choral training, just a good ear and a love of singing. And we promise we are warm, encouraging, and kind during auditions (no Simon Cowells amongst us)!