Auditions for the award-winning Central Arkansas Children’s Choir (CACC), including the newly formed Central Arkansas Youth Choir (CAYC), will be Jan. 12 and 19.
Parents or interested students should call 450-5755 to schedule a 10-minute audition time for one of these days, or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are looking for students who love to sing and are committed to working hard but also having fun," said Jann Bryant, UCA Community School of Music director, in a news release Thursday.
The audition for the CACC Choristers or Concert Choir will include matching pitches and performing a simple song upon request, such as "Row, Row, Row your Boat." A short prepared song is required for the CAYC audition, along with sight-singing and matching pitches. The auditions will be held in UCA’s Snow Fine Arts Center, room 316.
Additional information may be found at uca.edu/csm.
The intent of the choir is to promote musical literacy and performance by providing a challenging, high-quality choral experience for its members.
"The CACC is meant to be a positive learning experience for the singers," said Director Ryan Fisher, choral music education professor at UCA, in the release. "Students will be sharing wonderful times together, both musically and socially, and will be expected to understand and practice commitment and responsibility."
The CACC Concert Choir and Choristers, for grades fourth-ninth, is part of the music school. Members rehearse each Monday of the school year from 6-7:30 p.m.
The CACC program consists of Choristers, which is a training choir, and the Concert Choir, both treble choirs for girls and boys with unchanged voices. The program is led by Fisher and assisted by Paige Rose, a UCA Music faculty member. Bart Dooley, music specialist at Ida Burns Elementary, assists as accompanist.
Beginning this year, a third group for students in grades 10-12 has joined the CACC umbrella.
"We are looking for up to 24 talented singers in grades 10-12 to form the charter group of the newly formed Central Arkansas Youth Choir — a mixed choir for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses," said Fisher. "They will perform at the CACC concerts and participate in a choral festival each year."
Fisher said the choir will perform by invitation at conferences and other high profile events. Their music is often without accompaniment, and they sing in various genres, including jazz.
Rehearsals may start at 7 p.m. this year but will eventually be from 7:45-9 p.m. Mondays.
All CACC and CAYC students receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts during the semester, and participate in a regional competition or music festival annually in the spring. This year, the choir will participate in a music festival in Branson. Last semester, in addition to performing a full choral concert at UCA, the CACC performed in December with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Robinson Center Music Hall and with the Conway Symphony Orchestra in Reynolds Performance Hall.
Bryant said she hopes all students who wish to participate can do so, even if they feel they cannot afford tuition. The music school is seeking donations for need-based scholarships, she said.
"Because tuition payments may be harder for many families at this time, we are asking for donations for need-based scholarships and to assist students in attending the Branson music festival," Bryant said. "For many of our former students, the training they received in the CACC gave them the skills to receive college vocal scholarships, so it can make a big difference in a young person’s life. These donations are tax deductible." Anyone wishing to help a child participate in the ensemble should contact Bryant at 450-5755 or email her at email@example.com. Donations of any amount will be accepted. Sponsor forms are available at uca.edu/csm.