Auditions

When can I audition?:

Our next round of auditions will be on Sunday, September 8th from 3 to 5 PM at 64 Wayne Street in downtown Jersey City. They will be for our fall season (kicking off our 5th birthday!), which runs from September 15, 2019 to January 26, 2020. If you’ve ever considered trying out for NRS, this is the time to do it.

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?:

We have two seasons per year, and membership costs $195 per season. (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.

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. First, one song from the list below:*

“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, 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)!

*You may instead sing a different song of your choice as long as you bring piano sheet music for it with you to your audition (music that is in the key you want to use). You can find sheet music easily and inexpensively on websites such as musicnotes.com.