When can my child audition to join the RSNO Chorus?
Entry to the choir is by audition only. Auditions are held annually for children in Primary 3. The next round of auditions will be held the week beginning 15 June 2020. To apply, please fill in the application form and send it to email@example.com.
If your child is older and would like an audition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces for older children are limited and depend on age – notation reading may be a requirement.
What will my child have to do in an audition?
Primary 3 children will attend a workshop* led by RSNO Junior Chorus staff where they will participate in musical games to test both rhythm and pitch. Children work in groups of 15 during the workshop and the emphasis is on fun singing activities. Older singers are asked to prepare a solo piece and will have their vocal range tested through some simple singing exercises. An accompanist will be available. *Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic this year's auditions will be held digitally on Zoom.
Where and when are rehearsals held?
The RSNO Junior Chorus meets once a week during term time. The rehearsals take place on a Monday evening in the RSNO Centre, 19 Killermont Street, Glasgow*. Choirs are spread between 5pm and 9pm. For children and young people who do not live within weekly travelling distance of Glasgow, please click here to access the website for the National Youth Choir of Scotland's Area Choirs. *Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic all rehearsals and workshops are currently being held digitally on Zoom.
What is the required level of commitment?
There is an expectation that members will attend weekly choir rehearsals during school term time from September through to May. In the lead up to concerts, choir members will be expected to attend additional rehearsals. Dates of rehearsals are available annually and any issues which may prevent your child from attending a rehearsal should be raised as soon as possible. All performances are compulsory. Older members of the Junior Chorus are also expected to attend a residential weekend in September.
What does membership cost?
There is an annual membership fee of £200. Members of the Junior Chorus (11yrs+) are also asked to pay an additional £130 for the annual residential.
Bursaries are available – please contact email@example.com or phone 0141 225 3553 to discuss.
Does my child need to be able to read music?
It is not necessary for children in Primary 3 to read music as this will be taught in musicianship classes. Older singers (12yrs+) do need to be able to read music and should ideally be at at least ABRSM Grade 3 standard, or equivalent.
Will my child receive singing lessons?
Members in Probationary Choirs 2 and 3, Junior Chorus and Changed Voices all receive group singing lessons on a rotational basis throughout the year. The number of lessons received increases as the child/young person progresses through the choirs.