Auditions for the award-winning Central Arkansas Children’s Choir (CACC) and the newly formed Central Arkansas Youth Choir (CAYC) started Monday. Students may audition by appointment this week or next by emailing the CACC director, Ryan Fisher, at rfisher@uca.edu. 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.

Part of the UCA Community School of Music, the CACC rehearses each Monday of the school year from 6-7:30 p.m., and is open to students in grades 4-9. The CACC is led by Dr. Ryan Fisher and assisted by Dr. Paige Rose of the UCA Music faculty and consists of Choristers (a training choir) and the Concert Choir. Bart Dooley, music specialist at Ida Burns Elementary assists as accompanist.

Beginning this fall, a third group for students in grades 10-12 will join the CACC umbrella.

"We are looking for 24 talented singers in grades 10-12 to form the charter group of the newly formed Central Arkansas Youth Choir — a soprano, alto, tenor and bass mixed choir," stated Ryan Fisher, Director of the CAYC. "They will perform at the CACC fall and spring concerts and participate in a choral festival each year. They will also perform by invitation at conferences and other high profile events. Rehearsals will be from 7:45-9pm on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 10."

Students will receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts each semester, and participate in a regional competition or music festival annually in the spring. In addition to performing a full choral concert near the end of the fall and spring semesters at UCA, the CACC/CAYC will perform in December with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Robinson Center Music Hall and with the Conway Symphony Orchestra in Reynolds Performance Hall. Tuition for the school year is $200.

According to Jann Bryant, CSM director, "We are looking for students who love to sing and are committed to working hard, but also having fun. We want all students who wish to participate to have an opportunity to do so. Because tuition payments are harder for many families at this time, we are asking for donations for need-based scholarships. 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 this wonderful ensemble should contact me at 501-450-5755 or email me at jannb@uca.edu for details about donating. Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted."