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Chorus

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Chorus is a 52- to 58-member chamber choir led by internationally recognized conductors and assisted by expert vocal teachers/coaches. The daily schedule includes full choir rehearsals as well as individual and sectional coaching. Students may also participate in supplemental study and ensemble work. Repertoire consists of a wide variety of standard and contemporary choral literature. The choir performs two concerts during the Institute.

Requirements for Applicants

1. Complete an online application and schedule your audition no later than noon the weekday before your desired audition date. See dates in right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Audition spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.

2. Bring a government-issued I.D. or birth certificate to your audition for age verification purposes.

3. Read below guidelines to prepare your audition. Please note: You MUST audition for the part you wish to sing at Quartz Mountain, though the conductor reserves the right to change part assignments during OSAI.

4. Arrive at your audition at least 15 minutes early to check in and warm up.

Audition Guidelines

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Failure to adhere to these requirements could keep an otherwise outstanding voice from being accepted to OSAI!

1. Sing four short musical exercises to determine tonal memory. In each exercise, applicants will be required to listen to 5-8 pitches, then sing the sequence of pitches back by memory. Tonal memory can be sung using any syllable (e.g. “do do do,” “la la la”). Listen to a tonal retention example of comparable difficulty.

2. Sing your choice of ONE of the songs listed below. You must sing your selected song AS WRITTEN on the sheet music provided here (click links below to download music). The music and words do NOT have to be memorized, and the beginning pitch will be provided for you at the audition. You will sing unaccompanied (a cappella). Vocal embellishments, inaccurate tempos, or otherwise not singing the music as written will result in significantly lower scores.

OPTION A: America the Beautiful
TEMPO: Quarter note = 75 - 90 b.p.m. (Set your metronome at a tempo between 75 and 90; each click represents one quarter note.)
> Download America the Beautiful – SOPRANO
> Download America the Beautiful – ALTO
> Download America the Beautiful – TENOR
> Download America the Beautiful – BASS

OPTION B: Greensleeves
TEMPO: Dotted quarter note = 40 - 60 b.p.m. (Set your metronome at a tempo between 40 and 60; each click represents one dotted quarter note.)
> Download Greensleeves – SOPRANO
> Download Greensleeves – ALTO
> Download Greensleeves – TENOR
> Download Greensleeves – BASS

OPTION C: O Danny Boy
TEMPO: Quarter note = 50 - 65 b.p.m. (Set your metronome at a tempo between 50 and 65; each click represents one quarter note.)
> Download O Danny Boy – SOPRANO
> Download O Danny Boy – ALTO
> Download O Danny Boy – TENOR
> Download O Danny Boy – BASS

Again, you only have to sing ONE of the songs listed above. If you have any questions, please call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org

3. Perform a short sight-reading exercise. Each applicant will have 90 seconds to review the sight-reading before beginning. Sight-reading will be in major mode and may include limited accidentals and/or intervals up to an octave. The vocal range will be limited to an octave and a third. View a sight-reading example of comparable difficulty.

Watch our video to learn what to expect at your OSAI Chorus audition.

Judging Criteria

• Tonal Retention - 10%
• Artistry - 20%
• Musicianship - 15% 
• Tone - 15%
• Intonation - 20%
• Sight Reading - 20%

Auditions are blind and will be audio recorded for adjudication at a later date. Since you will not be interacting with judges at your audition, please feel free to wear casual/comfortable attire.

Read general information about our adjudication procedures here.

Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute chorus program is generously provided, in part, by the SBC Foundation Choral Music Endowment Fund.