There are two major steps involved in admissions to St. Paul’s Choir School. The first step is a musical audition. The second step is an application process similar to other competitive schools in which families complete a written application, submit academic transcripts, and have an admissions interview along with your son with SPCS’ President/Headmaster.
To audition, candidates should prepare a song of their choosing. Any hymn-tune would be appropriate, such as Happy Birthday or a favorite song; emphasis should be on simplicity, as candidates would be advised to be happy with what they have to offer, rather than seeking undue challenge. Mr. Robinson wishes to assess the quality of each boy’s voice rather than his ability to learn music by rote.
The audition will also include aural tests. These will include singing back notes played on the piano, singing an upper and lower note in a two-note chord, and singing back a short melody played on the piano. There will be a range test to determine the candidate’s current vocal situation, and there will be a short and simple test of music-reading. It must be emphasized that, even in the event of a candidate being unfamiliar with any of these activities, it is still worth bringing him to audition. Experience attests that a keen musical ear can be found in families even where there has been no prior musical experience.
At the completion of the audition, Mr. Robinson will typically invite a family to begin an application process for either the school’s Chorister group or its Chorus group.
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