St. Louis Symphony
“When parents ask me how to instill a love of music in their children, I enthusiastically recommend The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. The Children’s Choirs gave my son a love for great music and I am continually impressed with the artistry and excellence reflected by the students in the program. The beauty of their singing and the heartfelt sincerity they bring to their work is extraordinary.”
Come Sing With Us!
Singing with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs means singing with one of the best children’s choirs in the nation; making lifelong friends; learning lots of music and singing in different languages. Students in the advanced ensembles have the privilege of touring nationally and internationally on concert tours and performing with the St. Louis Symphony.
Auditioning for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs is easy! An ensemble director spends some one-on-one time with your child to listen to him or her sing. Parents are welcome to sit in and listen to the audition if their child is comfortable having them present. Each young singer is asked to match pitches, clap some rhythms, and sing a song they know such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for the youngest, “Happy Birthday” or “America the Beautiful” for third grade and above. Singers auditioning for advanced choirs should be able to sight-sing a simple melody.
Children who are ready for a choral experience are placed in an ensemble level that matches their musical ability. Children do not need to have any private vocal training or a prepared solo for the audition.
Directors work hard to make auditions a positive experience and to help each child feel at ease. We are interested in auditioning any child who loves to sing! It is our goal to make this musical experience possible for any child who is interested and ready to sing. A brief 10-minute orientation follows the audition. Financial aid is available to assist qualifying families with tuition costs.
How do I know if my child is ready?
Perhaps the most important question for you to consider is: Does my child love to sing? Experience has shown that motivated students naturally excel and succeed in the Children’s Choirs. We invite you to bring your child to one of our concerts so they can see for themselves what fun it is to sing in the Children’s Choirs.
The ability to sing in tune develops at a time that is unique to each child. We cannot accept students who are not yet able to match pitches accurately. In that situation, choir would be a difficult experience for them, and they might not enjoy it. However, we will invite them to return for an audition the following year. In many cases, we’ve seen that children who have not been quite ready to sing in a choir have waited and auditioned successfully a year later.
How do I schedule an Audition?
Auditions are held in May, June, July, and August. Scheduling begins in April. Please call the Choir Office at 314-993-9626 or e-mail Administrative Coordinator Cathrine Chesbro to schedule a time or be added to the wait list.