BCC is holding vocal placements for its 2021-2022 season. Sign up today and don't miss out on the joy of singing!
- Tuesday, July 20 from 5-6pm
- Thursday, July 22 from 5-6pm
- Or by appointment below
- In-person placement appointment from the July 20th & 22nd dates will be held at The Bridge Church, 180 Hawthorne Rd, Barrington, IL 60010
- Virtual placements will be conducted via Zoom and you will receive a link prior to your appointment.
What we need from you:
- Please fill out the "Placement Audition Form" on this page.
- eEmail Becky Brichta: SingBccInfo@gmail.com to make an appointment today!
Vocal Placement Process: BCC holds vocal placements twice per year for new choristers in Grades 2-12. The vocal placement is simply an opportunity for our directors to meet your child, hear them sing, and see how well they "match pitch" (sing in tune). We ask that each singer prepare a 30-60 second song that they love to sing. (This can be something they’ve sung in any choir or musical previously, a solo from voice lessons or simply a song from the radio that they love.) If they have trouble choosing a song, they will be asked to sing either "Happy Birthday" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." No placement appointment will take longer than 5-10 minutes. The process should be fun and stress free!
New singers in 2nd-4th Grades will automatically be accepted into our Grace Notes Choir. No children will be turned away from joining this entry-level ensemble.
Singers wishing to join our Prelude Choir and Chamber Choir will be accepted based on their vocal placement, at the discretion of our directors. Be assured, the directors make the process as stress free as possible for everyone. Every student will receive an email after all placements are complete. At that time, we will let you know the placement results.
Grace Notes (Grades 2-4)
Singers of all musical ability levels will be accepted into Grace Notes. This ensemble is intended to give all beginning choristers a chance to work on basic singing skills and have some new performance opportunities in December and May. The pedagogy of this ensemble will focus on good quality vocal production, unison and simple part singing, and overall musicianship training including ROTE learning and an introduction to solfege and basic music reading skills.
Prelude (Grades 4-6)
Singers accepted into Prelude Choir demonstrate a strong ability to match pitch; they are confident in their singing and produce a more mature vocal sound. This intermediate ensemble will continue to strengthen each singers’ performance stamina and musicianship. The pedagogy of this ensemble will focus intensely on music reading and vocal performance, through the rehearsal and performance of more challenging choral repertoire. Singers will be singing in 2 and 3 vocal parts and advance their aural skills through a continuation of ROTE learning as well as a more rigorous use of solfege.
Chamber Choir (grades 6-12)
Our primary performance ensemble, singers accepted into Chamber Choir demonstrate a passion and dedication for the performance of choral music. At this level, our singers are expected to dedicate themselves to their BCC repertoire outside of our normal rehearsal hours. They must strive to be positive contributing members of the ensemble, by continuing to strengthen their music reading abilities and the power and beauty of their vocal sound. The pedagogy of this ensemble will focus on professional-level choral rehearsal techniques combining ROTE learning, solfege singing, and music reading for the purpose of learning, memorizing and performing advanced choral repertoire.
This select ensemble comprises singers who have been enrolled in Chamber Choir for at least one year. The only exception to that rule is tenors or basses with changed voices who are interested (and qualified) to sing with BCC! Auditions for this ensemble can take place for currently enrolled BCC singers at their Spring placement appointment. In some instances, video auditions will be accepted, due to the fact that many folks travel during the Summer months.