Allotments will not be utilized this year. WVVMA and WVACDA executive boards have moved to combine their audition processes, making it possible for a student to audition for both the WVMEA All-State Chorus and the WVACDA Honor Choir during one single audition timeslot. A COMPLETED application must be postmarked no later than December 18, 2020 to the address on the application for a school to be eligible to audition students for the 2021 WVMEA All-State Chorus.Auditions will be via Zoom in late February.
For those interested in auditioning for WVACDA: Directors must be a member of WVACDA in order for students to be eligible to audition. To join WVACDA, click here. In addition to preparing the repertoire, the students will be asked to sight read one melodic example, prepare minor scales, and clap two given rhythms- one in simple meter and one in compound meter.
Sight-reading examples will be generated using Sight-Reading Factory. The sight-reading example for each voice part will be the same for each student. The student will be given the starting pitch and the major triad.
The student is to prepare all forms of the minor scale – natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor. They should be prepared to ask for a starting pitch for the octave they find most comfortable to sing (if they do not request a specific pitch, they will hear the pitch C). They will hear their pitch only once before beginning, and should sing all three scales successively in the aforementioned order. They may use whatever system they are familiar with to sing these scales, and will be scored solely on the accuracy of their pitches.
The student will be given two examples. One in simple meter and one in compound meter. The rhythm is to be clapped at a given tempo. Students may count out loud as they clap the rhythm using whatever system of counting they are familiar with. Each example will be 4 – 5 measures long.
To be granted the title of WVVMA All-State Chorus Member students will need to prepare and perform the “Kyrie” from Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo for their judge. They will be graded using the literature portion of the below rubric (numbers 1 through 6 which are highlighted in green). To be named a member, they will need to score between 54 and 60 points (and "A" average).
Students wishing to also be named to the WVACDA Chamber Choir will need to additionally complete the sight singing portion of the rubric (numbers 7 through 10 which are highlighted in blue). Please understand that sight singing scores cannot be added to the literature total to boost the literature score as that would give students who are auditioning for both ensembles an unfair advantage. However, the total scores of both sections will be calculated (literature and sight singing) for the Chamber Choir hopefuls. The top eight in of each voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) will be nabbed to the Chamber Choir. Note, teacher of Chamber Choir hopefuls must be members of ACDA. Also, Chamber Choir members must have a minimum composite score of 88 points to be granted “entry” into the Chamber Choir regardless of rank within their section. You can view the rubric here.