Southern Tier Singers' Collective Interest Form
The Southern Tier Singers' Collective is an organization comprised of highly skilled singers in the Southern Tier region who are interested in coming together to sing rewarding literature but cannot commit to additional weekly rehearsals. We rehearse in small clusters of highly intense rehearsals followed immediately by public performances. This questionnaire is designed to gather information so that we can determine if you might be a good fit for the group!

Singers are responsible for preparing notes, rhythms, and text independently on their own at home before the first rehearsal. Rep for each project is selected and announced far enough in advance to allow plenty of time for this to happen, but we're looking for singers who are comfortable operating at this level.

We form different sized groupings for different kinds of projects. Our projects have ranged from a 5-voice one-on-a-part ensemble for Renaissance madrigals to a 33-voice chamber choir. Each project grouping requires a set of beautiful voices which will balance and blend well with one another to produce a cohesive ensemble sound, attached to a set of musical brains with high levels of independence, sight-singing skills, and musical sensitivity.

The primary repertoire focus for the group is music that is *unaccompanied* and *unamplified*. This can encompass everything from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony through Romantic partsongs and contemporary compositions, including non-classical and non-Western pieces. The goal is to explore a wide variety of appropriate repertoire that is challenging enough to be rewarding while also able to be polished and performed well within the singers' available practice and rehearsal time.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this questionnaire to share some information about yourself with us and then we'll get in touch with you to arrange a hearing.

Audition requirements: No prepared piece is needed. We will vocalize you to determine the extent of your comfortable range, do some aural skills exercises, and then a good bit of sight-singing, both of abstract patterns as well as passages from Bach and Palestrina.

Feel free to forward a link to this questionnaire to anyone who might be interested and ready. Looking forward to hearing you!

Bill

William Culverhouse
Artistic Director
Southern Tier Singers' Collective

Email address *
Singer's First Name *
Your answer
Singer's Last Name *
Your answer
Singer's cell phone number (with area code) *
Your answer
Singer's preferred pronouns *
Singer's preferred voice part (in an ideal world) *
Other voice parts you could sing if needed (Check all that apply. Sopranos and altos who are comfortable singing tenor in chest voice are encouraged to indicate this, as are tenors and basses comfortable singing alto in head voice.) *
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BACKGROUND QUESTIONS
Do you have one or more degrees in music? If, so, please list. *
Your answer
Do you currently serve as a choir director anywhere? If so, where? *
Your answer
Do you regularly sing with an ensemble(s) or as a soloist? If so, where? *
Your answer
Do you have prior ensemble or solo vocal experience you feel it'd be helpful for others to know about?
Your answer
SIGHT-SINGING AND SKILLS QUESTIONS
Please indicate your comfort level sight-singing music by the following composers:
Palestrina (in Latin, e.g. the Masses and Motets) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
Bach (in German, e.g. the Cantatas and Passions) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
Mozart (in Latin, e.g. the Masses and Vespers) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
Brahms (in German, e.g. the Liebeslieder Waltzes and German Requiem) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
Poulenc (in French, e.g. Un Soir de Neige or the Sept Chansons) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
Schoenberg (in German, e.g. Friede auf Erden) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
A cappella vocal jazz (e.g. Steve Zegree, Deke Sharon, or Darmon Meader) *
Rather un- comfortable
Nearly flawless
How do you feel about preparing most of your music on your own before the first rehearsal? *
Rather un- comfortable
No problem!
How do you feel about rehearsing AND performing in mixed formation? *
Rather un- comfortable
No problem!
How do you feel about rehearsing AND performing unconducted? *
Rather un- comfortable
No problem!
STYLISTIC QUESTIONS
How comfortable are you singing with minimized vibrato when the rep (particular early sacred music and various contemporary styles) calls for it ? *
Rather un- comfortable
No problem!
How comfortable are you singing with a full, soloistic classical sound when the rep (solos within pieces, certain Romantic literature) calls for it? *
Rather un- comfortable
No problem!
How comfortable are you singing in styles other than Western classical (e.g. jazz, folk, musical theater, gospel, and/or non-Western techniques)? *
Rather un- comfortable
No problem!
REPERTOIRE INTERESTS
Please rate your interest in the following genres:
Gregorian chant *
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OMG YES!
Renaissance sacred polyphony (e.g. Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, Byrd) *
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OMG YES!
Renaissance madrigals, one singer per part *
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OMG YES!
Romantic partsongs in German and English (and occasionally other languages) *
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OMG YES!
20th and 21st century neo-romantic, modernist, postmodernist, and contemporary compositions *
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OMG YES!
Music in non-classical styles (musical theater, a cappella vocal jazz) *
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OMG YES!
Non-Western choral music *
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OMG YES!
AVAILABILITY
Please list any constraints we'd need to know concerning your availability for projects during the 2019-20 academic year September-May (e.g. are there certain weeknights or weekend days that are always off-limits for you?) *
Your answer
When are you available to sing for Bill so that we can get a sense of your comfortable range, vocal timbre, and musical skills? *
Your answer
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