G-Notes auditions

August 2020

Dear Middle School Students and Families,  

The G-Notes is the Gordon School vocal a cappella group, which is an auditioned small-ensemble activity. The G-Notes will meet twice per week from 5:30 to 6:30 over Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There may be occasional rehearsals as needed on Friday afternoons over Zoom. It is possible to participate in both G-Notes and Gordon theater because of flexibility in scheduling Friday theater rehearsals. 

A cappella singing is extremely challenging and the repertoire of the group is quite difficult. The audition process helps determine who will be able to manage the unique demands of the group. Students entering seventh and eighth grade who are willing to commit to the extra time and challenges are welcome to audition. Students who were members last year do not need to re-audition. 

Auditions will take place via Zoom, and students will select an audition time on one of two afternoons sometime during the first few weeks of school.

Shortly after the start of school, there will be an online Google sign-up sheet for individual audition time slots. Ms. Baird and Ms. Massey will join me for the individual auditions.

Auditions can be fun, challenging, exciting, scary, and exhilarating. Preparing for an audition is an opportunity to work toward new levels of individual achievement. Using the skills you’ve learned (in music class, performing ensembles, Open Mic, and on your own!) and practicing the tasks below will help you feel prepared and ready. The process of getting ready and the experience of the audition itself are valuable, no matter the outcome!

Please read the components of the audition below!

Theory You’ll be asked to give information about a short segment of sheet music that could include:

Identifying notes, rhythm, musical symbols, and direction signs

Comparing what you hear to what you see on the page 

Passion Statement Explain why you want to be in the G-Notes, including anything you could bring to the group like beat boxing, choreography, or arranging. Tell us what you love about singing, hard work, and being part of a group. How does music feed your soul? You will also be asked about other activities you are involved in, like sports, theatre, or dance.

Singing!

Measurement of vocal range

Tonal memory: repeating pitches accurately

Sight-Reading: trying your best to sing something you’ve never seen or heard by looking at the music

Improvisation: finish the phrase with your own creative flair

A one-minute solo segment that shows off your voice. Pick something that you love, highlights your strengths, and shows your ability to communicate with confidence. Medleys are allowed, but the one-minute mark will be strict – plan ahead, practice, and express yourself!

Submission of a VERY short “pretend virtual choir” video. (Detailed instructions will be shared after the start of school.)

If you are selected for the G-Notes, you will sign an ensemble statement saying you agree to (in paraphrase):

Attend all rehearsals

Participate in all performances, including filmed virtual recordings

Practice on your own outside of rehearsal

Have a positive attitude

Take constructive feedback

Be ready to work hard

Contribute to the community spirit of the group

Be willing to try new things – take risks!

The page www.gordonschool.org/auditions on the Gordon School music website has resources and tips for the audition. 

Feel free to email me if you have any questions: shodgin@gordonschool.org 

Can’t wait to see you again, soon!

Ms. H