Audition requirements

2021-2022 audition update

With to the ongoing restrictions due to Covid-19, New Jersey Youth Chorus will be accepting digital audition submissions for the 2021-2022 season. The digital audition form is available on our application page. 

Before you start your application, you should prepare by looking through the requirements and preparation aids for the NJYC ensemble you are auditioning for below. Where noted, pitch, sheet music, and recordings are available directly in the audition form. Auditionees who play an instrument may choose to submit an optional instrumental selection in addition to their vocal submission.

Primo Coro

Girls entering grades 3 – 5

Auditionees will be asked to sing the following:

  • Major scale in D sung on solfege (melody syllables: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do). (Pitch)
  • Happy Birthday in G (Pitch)
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee (America) in G (Pitch, Sheet Music, Recording)
  • One of the following, your choice: Row Row Row Your Boat, Skip to My Lou, This Old Man, or Twinkle Twinkle. You may start your selection on whichever pitch is comfortable for you.

For practice tracks and sheet music, please click here.

Coro vivo

Boys with unchanged voices entering grades 3 – 8

Auditionees will be asked to sing the following:

  • Major scale in D sung on solfege (melody syllables: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do).  (Pitch)
  • Happy Birthday in G (Pitch)
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee (America) in G (Pitch, Sheet Music, Recording)
  • One of the following, your choice: Amazing GraceSimple Gifts, or The Water is Wide. You may start your selection on whichever pitch is comfortable for you.

For practice tracks and sheet music, please click here.

Sola Voce

Girls entering grades 6-8

Auditionees will be asked to sing the following:

  • Major scales in D and F#, sung on solfege (melody syllables: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do).  (Pitch)
  • Jubilate Deo in C (Pitch, Sheet Music, Recording)
  • One of the following, your choice: Ash Grove or Velvet Shoes. A low voice and high voice option are available for both selections, and sheet music and recordings can be found in the link below.

For practice tracks and sheet music, please click here.

Camerata

Boys with changing and changed voices entering graders 7-12
Auditionees will be asked to sing the following:
  • Three major scales, sung on solfege (melody syllables: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) Low voices, sing G, C, and E Scales. High Voices, sing C, E, and A Scales. (Pitch)
  • Music Alone Shall Live in F (Pitch, Sheet Music, Recording)
  • One of the following, your choice: Shenandoah, The Ash Grove, or Simple Gifts

For practice tracks and sheet music, please click here.

Coriste

Girls entering grades 9-12

Auditionees will be asked to sing the following:

  • Three major scales, in B-flat, E-flat and A-flat, sung on solfege (melody syllables: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) (Pitch)
  • Now I Walk in Beauty in A-minor (Pitch, Sheet Music, Recording)
  • One verse, a cappella, of ONE of the following: Ash Grove, Danny Boy, Greensleeves, Homeward Bound, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, or Shenandoah. You can also choose a piece from Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias or another classical piece

For practice tracks and sheet music, please click here.