Announced February 14, 2014: Due to overwhelming volume of calls, we are not adding any child to the waiting list until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back often.
Our next audition is on Saturday, August 22nd, 2014. NOTE: Currently, we have over 200 children on the waiting list. The waiting time for new students can be as long as 4-5 years.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE CHOIR?
Your first step is to get on the waiting list by contacting Diana Bromley at email@example.com or by phone at (801) 427-3974 with the following information: (1) your name, (2) your child’s name and age; if you have multiple children interested, list all of them, (3) your contact number, (4) your email address, and (5) the city of your residence. Your child will not be listed until we receive ALL of the above information.
Auditions are held in January and August every year. HOWEVER, at our current rate, it takes up to 2-3 years after children get on the wait list before they are invited to audition.The number of new students we can accept depends on how many current students move on at the turn of each semester. You will be notified via email when your child has moved up on the list and is ready to be auditioned.
After children have been qualified, they are placed on the “Stand-by” list until the slots become available to them. This “stand-by” period may take anywhere between 0 – 18 months.
AUDITION EXPECTATIONS / QUALIFICATION CRITERIA
Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. They will be evaluated on their ability to stay in the same key throughout the song. [TIP] The two most important things for this particular age group are (1) that they can carry a tune, and (2) their attention span. Half of the audition is interviewing the parent(s) to see if this is something their child(ren) will be able handle AND enjoy!
Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal quality and strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice.
Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal quality and strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice. In addition, they will be given a short musical phrase (no more than 4 bars) to learn on the spot and perform it.
Ages 13 and up:
Students will be asked to sing a song of their choice A Capella. The style can be diverse: Pop, Classical, or Broadway. They will be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, diction, stage presence, and vocal strength. Students will also be asked to sing a basic major scale and its variations where the notes are arranged in different order (i.e. G-E-F-D-E-C-D-B-C) in various keys. Listen and practice. In addition, they will be given a short musical phrase (no more than 4 bars) to learn on the spot and perform it. Lastly, students will be given another short musical phrase which splits into 2 parts, and they will be asked to identify and sing each part individually.
Here are examples of successful auditions. You will hear that the styles are very diverse, yet they all have one thing in common; they have excellent pitch. It is also important that students choose the right song for their voices.
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PRACTICE SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2014 (JANUARY – JULY)
Salt Lake Group – Fridays 4:15 – 5:45pm @ Riverton Music Recital Hall (9491 S. 255 W. Sandy)
Utah Valley Group – Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:45pm @ Best In Music Recital Hall (800 N. 444 W. Orem)
Monthly Membership Fee:
$30 for 1 participating child
$40 for 2 children ($20 per child)
$50 for 3 children ($16.67 per child)
$60 for 4 children ($15 per child.)
Each additional child from the same household will be $10 / month.
The value of this choir is estimated to be $130 / month per student.
It is through being a non-profit that we are able to keep the cost down.
One-time registration fee: $20 per family (not per child)
Wardrobe Fee: $25 per child per semester
Frequently Asked Questions
When / How do children practice their songs?
When you become a member, you will receive a username and password to our choir Google Drive account, where you can download practice tracks (mp3) as well as sheet music. When we meet for weekly practice, students are expected to know the material.
If children of different ages are all in the same group, where do you set the musical standard?
Many of our material split into 3 or 4 parts, some even up to 7 parts. You will be surprised at what these young children you can do if you believe in them!
Do you sing religious material?
We are non-denominational, and we have children of various faiths and walks of life. Although we do sing Christian music during Christmas or Easter time, our production is generally categorized as “inspirational” rather than religious.
What is your attendance policy?
We do not have strict attendance rules like most other choirs although students are encouraged to attend practice regularly. In case of extended absences, they are required to pass off the assigned material before they are able to perform. As for performances, students get to choose how many events they would like to participate in, and there is no minimum or maximum requirement.
What types of events do you perform at?
We do everything from media events (TV appearance, singing live on radio, etc.), sporting events (national anthem at JAZZ, Bees, REAL, Blaze, etc.), opening act for other artists, business conventions, and best of all, benefit concerts for other non-profit and charity organizations. As talented as these children are, their sole motivation is to bless, not to impress. Giving back to the community and reaching out to those in need are the best way to accomplish our mission.
Do children sing AND dance on stage?
Our focus is on singing. Occasionally, we add simple choreography (like snapping, swaying, or clapping.) You don’t need to be a dancer to be involved in this choir. We also spend some time covering basic music theory and college-level dictation, solfege (with movable Do’s), interval recognition as well as vocal training in Pop, Broadway, and Classical styles.
WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING
- One Voice Children’s Choir is an amazing opportunity for my 8-year-old daughter, and has been a huge blessing in her life and to our family. While participating in the choir she has made new friendships, developed her talent and increased her self-confidence. She is learning the values of practice, teamwork, flexibility, respect and professionalism through choir. We love the many and varied performance opportunities! Having the freedom to choose which performances to attend works well with our busy family schedule. However, we quickly discovered how much fun the performances are, and we choose to attend as many events as possible! Supporting the choir as they perform at different cultural, religious, community, and special group events is something we enjoy doing as a family. Choir has given her opportunities and experiences she wouldn’t have had otherwise. We never cease to be in awe of the quality and the caliber of our choir!
- My son has been with the One Voice Children’s Choir now for three years. Before becoming involved with One Voice, he had been a part of another children’s choir for one year. Our experience with the first choir was that the children practiced every week for months, only to perform 2-3 times total. It was an extreme disappointment to my son as he was expecting to perform so much more. With the One Voice Children’s Choir, he has performed about 100 times over the three years he’s been a member. He has loved every minute of it and looks forward to every performance opportunity. Our involvement with the One Voice Children’s Choir has been a great blessing in his life as well as our family’s.
- Our family had the privilege of participating in the One Voice Children’s Choir for almost two years. We grew to love our choir “family,” as well as the uplifting messages and music of the choir’s songs. When a new job required us to move to another state, leaving the choir was one of the most difficult parts of the move. In our large new city, I searched for another children’s choir for our family, but only found “traditional” choirs which charged much more than I was used to paying for tuition. I soon realized how unique One Voice Children’s Choir was.
- 2-3 years?? IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT!!! We have wanted our children to be involved with a quality music program since they were tiny and that is why we were so excited to hear about the One Voice Children’s Choir. We heard it wasn’t easy to get in. We were put on the waiting list for a year, and during that time our three kids worked weekly with a voice teacher. They were so excited and couldn’t wait until it was time to sing with the choir. When that time finally came, they were more prepared and ready to go. We had no idea just how great and what wonderful experiences and opportunities it would bring, and how rewarding it would be to our own family. When they sing for charities and for people who are going through very hard times, the children see just how much they touch others’ lives through their songs. It not only touches those who are listening, but the ones who are singing and the singers’ families. Every time we think they have just had their greatest concert and neatest experience, we come away from the next one thinking the same thing. What an incredible opportunity these children and their families are blessed with and WELL WORTH the work they put into it, and the time they had to wait before they became members. We are forever grateful.
-Diana & Bill, Parents
- THANK YOU for everything you do for the choir kids. My daughter has had a huge amount of personal growth since starting choir. The little victories she has had in choir have carried over to her whole attitude. She had developed a habit of ducking her head and chewing on her fingers or hair when she is feeling shy or nervous and since she has overcome that while at choir, she has found a whole new confidence and belief in herself and has just been a much more pleasant and happy person overall. And since she feels good about herself, she is kinder and more loving to her siblings too. I really can’t believe how she has blossomed in her daily life as a result of choir. I am amazed at everything you do and how hard you work and I just wanted you to know that you have really made a big difference for my daughter, not only in her singing abilities, but in her whole outlook on life.