Vocal Opportunities at Brookline High School
The choral/vocal program at Brookline High School offers students many opportunities to sing, perform, and become independent, musically literate individuals. There are opportunities to participate in choral/vocal music for students with no previous experience as well as for students with significant experience.
Concert Choir is open to anyone at BHS. No audition is required. If you want to take this class, all you need to do is request it when you fill out your elective course requests.
A cappella Choir
A cappella Choir is open to students in grades 10–12 without an audition. Incoming 9th grade students who are more advanced singers and readers may audition to be considered for A cappella Choir. See below for audition information.
Camerata is open to students in grades 9–12 by audition. Camerata meets Wednesday evenings and during Z-block (before school) on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students in Camerata also need to take two years of one of the other faculty-directed ensembles (Concert Choir or A cappella Choir). Admittance into Camerata is quite competitive. Spaces usually go to students whose voices have had time to mature and who have had more experience sight-singing. The best preparation for entry into Camerata is to take a year of BHS Concert Choir. See below for audition information.
Student-Directed Vocal Ensembles
We also have three student-directed vocal ensembles at BHS (Perfect Pitch, Note-a-fy, Testostatones, and Glee Club), which hold auditions in May and June. Members of the student-directed a cappella groups need to take at least a year of Concert Choir. This requirement helps ensure that members have the skills needed to be effective members of the student-directed a cappella ensemble.
Chorus Audition Information
Auditions for both A cappella Choir and Camerata for the 2020-2021 school year will be held after school on February 12, 13, 26, and 27. To sign up for an audition day and time, please email Dr. Driscoll at Michael_Driscoll@psbma.org.
Auditions will be held in the Brookline High School Chorus Room (room 324). You do not need to prepare anything.
The audition consists of the following:
- Singing scales to determine vocal range/voice part
- Singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (or “Happy Birthday”)
- Pitch memory assessment (director plays a series of notes, auditionee sings them back)
- Sight-singing of rhythm patterns
- Sight-singing of a melody
- Written test of music notation/theory
Please be sure to warm up your voice before your audition.