Interviews and Auditions

Training Division
Preparatory (Pre-K through Fourth Grade)
There is no audition or interview for Pre-K through third grade singers (Prep 1 and 2). For grade four through six, there is an informal interview to determine the child’s ability to match pitch, to sing back a given note. In the interview for singers aged eight to eleven, the director will meet with the student and parent(s) to explain Cantabile’s teaching approach and to verify that the student is able to match pitch (sing back a given note). The student is also welcome to give a brief performance, although this is not required for this age group.

Intermediate (Fourth through Sixth Grade)
A brief interview is required. No prior training is necessary. The only requirements are regular and punctual attendance, a desire to learn, and the ability to pay attention and follow instructions during practices. The students are also expected to able to "match pitch" (hear and sing back a note). A brief and informal interview with the Intermediate choir conductor will assess the student’s vocal skills and prior musical background (if any).

Performance Division
Ensemble (Sixth through Ninth Grade)
An audition is required for membership in the advanced choirs. Some vocal/choral experience and music reading skills are expected.

The audition for Ensemble choir allows the director to check vocal potential, harmonic, rhythmic and listening skills and will determine placement between Ensemble and Vocalise (Cantabile’s highly selective premier choir.)

Ensemble membership requires significant vocal training and independence as well as readiness for a high-level musical ensemble with challenging repertoire and a variety of styles, as well as some performance readiness and stage awareness.

The audition will take 10 to 15 minutes and will be conducted privately with the director, chorister, and parent(s). This allows the director to meet and welcome the singer, evaluate his/her current vocal ability, knowledge of basic music terms, and prior musical background.

The audition is designed to be a positive experience and the singer is always encouraged. Prior to the audition, singers are asked to complete a short music theory test designed to assess the student’s current background in music reading.

Vocalise, Vocal Training Group (VTG), Bravi and Aria
An audition is required for membership in the advanced choirs. Some vocal/choral experience and music reading skills are expected.

The audition for both the Vocalise and Bravi/VTG choirs allows the director to check vocal potential, harmonic, rhythmic and listening skills and will determine placement between Ensemble and Vocalise (Cantabile’s highly selective premier choir.)

Vocalise membership requires significant vocal training and independence as well as readiness for a high-level musical ensemble with challenging repertoire and a variety of styles as well as some performance readiness and stage awareness.

The audition will take 10 to 15 minutes and will be conducted privately with the director, chorister, and parent(s). This allows the director to meet and welcome the singer, evaluate his/her current vocal ability, knowledge of basic music terms, and prior musical background.

The audition is designed to be a positive experience and the singer is always encouraged. Prior to the audition, singers are asked to complete a short music theory test designed to assess the student’s current background in music reading.

Auditions for Aria are held in September and are by invitation of the Artistic Director. Girls must already be members of Vocalise to join Aria.

Audition and interview schedule, class and choir visits and Open House and demo classes
Auditions for Prep 3 and Intermediate choirs are in August, January, May and June in Los Altos. Auditions for Ensemble and Vocalise are in August, May and June - we do not usually offer mid-term admission to these groups.

Preparatory Class Open House – Prep 1 and 2 do not require audition and all families considering enrolling in our Preparatory classes are invited to bring their young singers to view a class. In August and January we offer an Open House with a demo class for Prep 1 and 2 in Los Altos.

For more information please send an email to info@cantabile.org or call the office at 650-424-1410.

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