What is the Northland Youth Choir?
The Northland Youth Choir was established to provide quality music instruction in a choral setting and to strive for excellence in choral performances. The Choir emphasizes the development and understanding of music skills and encourages singers to look within themselves and find self-expression through singing.
What is involved in an Audition?
Choose a song from the appropriate list (see details on the Auditions page):
First time audition:
- London Bridge
- Silent Night
- Frere Jacques
- Amazing Gracce
- Yankee Doodle
2nd-5th time audition:
- America the Beautiful
- Joy to the World
- This Land is Your Land
- Fairest Lord Jesus
6th-10th time audition:
- The Star Spangled Banner
- Alaska’s Flag
- Danny Boy
- Sweet Betsy From Pike
- God Bless America
Should the parent attend the audition?
If your singer is auditioning alone, parents are more than welcome to attend the audition. If family groups are combined, parents will not be able to be in the audition room due to confidentiality issues.
When will parents be notified regarding acceptance?
Parents will be notified of audition results as soon as possible after the audition.
What is the teaching and performing season?
Rehearsals begin in late August and end mid-May. The Jubilate Choir, Cantabile, and Treble Choir will rehearse Monday evenings. We currently rehearse at Journey Christian Church, 1201 Hoselton Rd. We present two major concerts each season, one in December and one in April or May. In addition, the choirs spend one entire school day in the spring on a recruitment tour of the local public schools, they may be asked to sing the National Anthem at UAF Hockey games or sing at retirement/nursing homes, and every December they perform with the Fairbanks Symphony on the Holiday Design Concert (as COVID allows). They often sing with the Symphony in the spring if they are presenting a concert version of an opera requiring a youth choir!
What should I do if my child is not accepted?
It can be difficult to sing for a person you have just met and if a child is especially nervous it can affect their performance. If this happens, a follow-up audition may be scheduled. When specific skills are in need of improvement it is expected that the child will practice these skills before re-auditioning.
What kind of music is taught?
The Northland Youth Choir is founded upon the belief that children will benefit from learning about the vast selection of available choral repertoire both sacred and secular. The music relates to sacred and secular traditions and is not selected to intrude upon anyone’s personal beliefs. It is essential that all singers be willing to sing all repertoire.
Do Members wear uniforms?
Each Choir has a performance uniform that must be purchased from the company of the director’s choosing. On certain occasions the Choirs will perform in casual choir dress. This will be choir T-shirt purchased through the choir, long, clean and neat blue jeans of their own, clean white athletic shoes and white athletic socks. All concerts are performed in formal concert attire of the director’s choosing. Some gently used uniforms are available for purchase.
We hope we have answered some of your questions. In addition, the choir handbook outlines all our policies and procedures. For more information, please call (214) 354-4587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.