The NOCCA Classical Vocal Music Department accepts talented students who have an aptitude and interest in pursuing classical vocal music as a career or avocation. Academic and performance standards are the same for all students, whether or not a career path is followed. The Vocal Music Curriculum is designed to develop and maintain the total musicianship of all students. Applied music classes (vocal technique and repertoire) are at the heart of the curriculum. Other curriculum courses include Music Theory, Musicianship (ear training and sight singing), Opera Workshop, Choral Ensembles, Language Diction, Acting for Singers, and Vocal Literature, which all serve to build a fully educated, literate vocal musician and an effective performer.
Audition Expectations: Auditioning students are expected to demonstrate a singing voice with professional potential by singing one prepared and memorized song from any of the 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries by G.Schirmer such as “Caro Mio Ben,” “Sebben Crudele” or one of these English songs: “Danny Boy” or“Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes.” Also, they must have the ability to match and select pitches and sing a major scale in tune and demonstrate sight-reading skills and be able to repeat back with accuracy simple rhythmic or melodic sequences. All students also need to pass a written music theory test as part of their audition.
Students currently in 8-11th grades are eligible to apply.
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