WHAT LEVEL SHOULD I JOIN?
Participants with any background are welcomed to join our level 1-4 ensembles. Only our level 5 ensemble require an audition in advance. Below is a description of each level and their expectations.
Level 1: Pure beginner, can't read music, never sang or played an instrument before. Want to get started with something easy! Low commitment requirement.
Level 2: Less than 2 years of musical experience, can read some basic music. Still learning basic technique, but not completely clueless. Can produce at least a one octave scale in 2 different keys. Low commitment requirement.
Level 3: Can read music independently at a moderate pace, and can produce most pitches within 2 octaves with basic quarter and eighth note rhythms accurately. 2-4 years experience. Have a moderate understanding of music, but would like to mature in tone, consistency, and musicality. If you've done music throughout elementary, this is a great place to start. Medium commitment requirement, slow pace.
*Level 4: 5-7 years experience. Can read music comfortably fairly accurately without assistance. Can handle some technically challenging passages and ranges, with the ability to tune and harmonize with others. Still struggling with fast and complex rhythms, but wanting to master more difficult techniques. If you have participated in music ensembles throughout high-school or college, this would be an ideal level for you. Medium commitment requirement, fast paced.
*Level 5: 8-10 years experience. Can sight-read music fluently, with good control over tone, dynamics, articulation, and tempo. If you have studied music seriously in the past, and are currently active musically, this would be the ideal level for you. See audition requirements for Level 5. High commitment requirement and very fast paced.
*To ensure all individuals are keeping up with the music for level 4 & 5, participants will be asked to perform a live midterm audition to show fluency with the material. This audition will take place during the 3rd and 4th week’s rehearsal of every term following the orientation. These assessments will help motivate individuals to practice, and to ensure individuals are placed in the right level/seat/voice, and are performance ready.