CAPMT Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Vocal Ensemble Auditions
State Chair

Su-Shing Chiu

2018 – 2019
CAPMT Vocal Ensemble Auditions

provide an opportunity for up to eight vocal students of all ages, including college students and adults, to perform in ensemble at the Chapter level.

Vocal Ensemble Auditions are designed to encourage and motivate students to explore the musical challenges inherent in the study and performance of vocal ensemble music. Ensembles are rated 15 (5 being the best), with those receiving a 5-, 5, or 5+ being invited (but not required) to perform at the CAPMT Northern Festival or CAPMT Southern Festival.

2018–2019 Vocal Ensemble Auditions APPLICATION FORM
(Application portal will be open from September 15, 2018 – October 5, 2018)

2019 Northern Festival & Southern Festival APPLICATION FORM
(Application portal will open on December 5, 2018 – January 5, 2019)

Levels, Performance Time Limits, & Application Fees

  • Levels
    • Elementary
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

  • Performance Time Limits
    • Elementary: 5 minutes
    • Intermediate: 8 minutes
    • Advanced: 12 minutes

  • Application Fees
    • $30 per student
      • Application Fees will only be accepted ONLINE via PayPal or credit card payment.
      • Online Application Deadline: October 5, 2018, 11:59 PM PT

  • Application Fees Surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT Members
    • $20

Rules & Guidelines

  • The website will be open to applications September 10, 2018 through October 5, 2018.
  • Please read the currentCAPMT Student Program Guidelines.
    Deviation from these rules may result in disqualification.

Vocal Ensemble Auditions Repertoire

  • Vocal Ensemble Auditions Repertoire is divided into three Levels: Elementary • Intermediate • Advanced
    • The placement of the student is the responsibility of the teacher and is determined according to the difficulty of the repertoire.
    • For accompanied or unaccompanied vocal ensembles of up to eight performers.
      • The accompanist may be a teacher or other professional (collaborative pianist) and will not be evaluated.
      • Only the singers will be evaluated, and each singer must perform his/her own vocal line; i.e., there is to be NO doubling of singers on an individual part.
  • Eligible repertoire includes music originally written for the chosen ensemble and published transcriptions.
    • Repertoire may be freely chosen from the fields of opera, motets, madrigals, sacred repertoire, choral repertoire, folk songs, and musical theater.
    • Unpublished transcriptions accompanied by written permission of the publisher of the original work are acceptable. An additional score must be provided for the adjudicator.
    • One selection or several movements from the same work may be presented.
    • No repeats over 16 measures should be sung, unless, for example, to demonstrate additional Baroque ornamentation.
    • Memorization is optional, but works may be memorized and semi-staged (in the case of opera excerpts), if desired.
    • All music presented is to be performed without a conductor.
    • In questions regarding appropriate repertoire, the decision of the State Chair is final.
  • Performers will be stopped if the maximum allotted time is reached; this will not affect the outcome of the competition.
  • There can be no repertoire changes at any point in the auditions.
  • The sponsoring teacher must be a CAPMT member.
    • At least one member of the vocal ensemble must be a student of the sponsoring teacher, or the entire vocal ensemble must meet for regular coaching with the sponsoring teacher.
  • Teachers must assist in the running of the program on the day of the Vocal Ensemble Auditions at the Chapter level.

Audition Guidelines: Chapter Level

  • If applicable, vocal ensembles MUST provide their own accompanist at the Vocal Ensemble Auditions at the Chapter level.
  • Vocal Ensemble Auditions at the Chapter level are inrecital or evaluation format and held between November 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016 as determined by local chairs.
  • For a vocal ensemble who receives a performance rating of 5-, 5, or 5+, the adjudicator will select the first choice (and second choice if the first choice is fewer than two minutes in length) for CAPMT Northern Festival or CAPMT Southern Festival performance.
  • All students will receive a participation certificate.
  • All ensembles who receive a performance rating of 5-, 5, or 5+ will be invited to perform at the CAPMT Northern Festival or CAPMT Southern Festival.
  • After Vocal Ensemble Auditions results are available, eligible ensembles (rating of 5-, 5, 5+) need to apply forparticipation in the CAPMT Northern Festival or CAPMT Southern Festival online.
    • There is NO ADDITIONAL registration fee for participation in the CAPMT Northern Festival or CAPMT Southern Festival.
  • Written comments from the judges will be provided.

Festival Guidelines: Northern & Southern

  • The website will be open to Festival applications December 5, 2018 through January 5, 2019.
  • Festivals are in recital format:
    • NORTH:February 16, 2019 (SAT) • Peach Lutheran Church
    • SOUTH:February 3, 2019 (SUN) • Los Angeles Harbor College (Music Hall)
  • Students ARE REQUIRED to stay for the entire duration of their assigned Festival recital hour.
  • Students who perform in the CAPMT Northern Festival or CAPMT Southern Festival will receive medals.

Ensemble Auditions Dates and Venues

District 1
San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 2
San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Clara Valley

Los Angeles County (Southern)

District 4
Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

District 5
Sacramento & San Joaquin Valleys

District 6
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties

District 7
Redwood Empire

District 8
Orange County

District 9
Los Angeles County (Northern)

CAPMT Northern Festival
State Chair: Kay Yoon
February 16, 2019 (SAT)
Peach Lutheran Church
3210 Camino Tassajara, Danville 94506

CAPMT Southern Festival
State Chair: Ruby Wang
February 3, 2019 (SUN)
Los Angeles Harbor College (Music Hall)
1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington 90744

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