There are three steps in the admissions process: School Visit, Application, and Overnight Audition.
1. School Visit
School Visits are scheduled on days when the Choir School is in session and typically begin with a tour of the school, followed by lunch. After lunch, the prospective student will have a Vocal Evaluation with the Director of Music (or an associate), and then join his peers while his parents speak with a member of the staff.
Families are encouraged to return home and talk about their visit. Likewise, faculty and staff consider whether the student is ready to apply, or in some instances, if further vocal preparation is recommended. The Director of Admissions will contact you to notify you of the school’s decision and if appropriate, to invite the student to the next scheduled Overnight Audition.
Boys invited to continue with the application process will receive the application paperwork from the Director of Admissions. This includes:
- Application Form filled out by the parent(s).
- Student Evaluation from the current classroom teacher.
- Student Evaluation from another teacher/leader who knows your son in an instructional setting.
- School Records.
A complete file, including grade reports, comments, testing and evaluations are to be included. The file should be mailed or emailed to the Admissions Office at the Choir School.
3. Overnight Audition
Students arrive on Thursday after lunch and are immersed in the Choir School’s schedule through Saturday morning. During this time, they join rehearsals, participate in sports, sleep in the dormitories, attend classes with their peers, and take academic testing. On Saturday morning the visiting boys go to the choir rehearsal and then sing a final vocal audition for the Director of Music. They may also play an instrumental song if they are studying an instrument as well.