Yes! No previous voice training or choral experience is required for membership in CYC.
Will my child be expected to do any practicing at home? We don’t have a piano and we, the parents, are not musical.
Yes, the singers in CYC have weekly music theory homework (which has a CD and laminated keyboard included) as well as singing homework. We use the protected singer pages at this website or a practice CD to provide mp3 files of the music, whichever is more convenient for your family. The singing homework generally does not begin until the middle of each semester, as a method of reinforcing the learning and memorization of music for concerts.
Singers can expect to spend approximately 15-20 minutes weekly on theory homework, and 50-90 minutes weekly on singing practice homework. A piano is not required for theory or singing homework.
My boy is 12 years old. Is he too old for Conspirare Youth Choirs?
This depends upon whether your son’s voice has changed or is now changing. Our treble choir has had boys as old as 14. Some boys begin as a soprano-alto and then continue the season training their falsetto if their voice does change within the 9 months. Our Artistic Director, Nina Revering, would be happy to discuss your son’s vocal progress before your request an audition.
What is the audition like?
The singing portion of the audition takes place with the parents and Ms. Revering in the room. Singers will be asked to echo-sing, vocalize, and sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (verse one only). Singers will also complete a brief written assessment covering basic music theory components (in order for CYC staff to determine their level in our music theory curriculum). (Please refer to our audition page for a more detailed description.)
What type of music do you sing in CYC?
We teach a classical vocal technique, and our repertoire is primarily classical in nature, spanning the Renaissance era through contemporary choral compositions. We enjoy singing music in a variety of foreign languages and styles. Please see our Past Repertoire page to view our previous concert programs.
What are my responsibilities as a CYC parent?
As a CYC parent, your responsibilities include transportation to and from rehearsals and performances, notifying the Director when your singer will be absent, monitoring the completion of homework, and reading and responding as required to weekly CYC email updates.
Can young children attend CYC concerts for free?
Children ages 5/under may attend Conspirare Youth Choir concerts for free, although a ticket is still required. Free child tickets may be requested by phone from TLC Tickets at (512) 474-5664. Please be sensitive to the performers and other concert-goers when deciding to bring very small children to the concerts.
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