Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles holding auditions

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will be holding auditions for all three of its youth vocal groups at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth St. in downtown Parkersburg.

There is no cost for membership in any of the Smoot ensembles.

The Ensembles are The Children’s Chorus for boys and girls in grades 4-6, The Girls Ensemble for girls in grade 7 and up, and the Boys Ensemble for boys in grade 7 and up.

The Children are under the direction of Barbara Full, retired music instructor from Neale School, and accompanist is Marsha Parsons, retired vocal music teacher at VanDevender Middle School. The Girls are under the direction of Cathy Martin, retired PHS A Cappella Choir director; the Boys are under the direction of Janet Blessing, retired vocal music instructor of Jackson Junior High School.

All groups rehearse on Tuesdays throughout the school year, the Children from 4:30-6 p.m., the Girls from 5:30-7 p.m., and the Boys from 7-8:30 p.m.

Auditions for STCC will consist of singing “Happy Birthday” and “Are You Sleeping” (all music provided) and matching pitches played on the piano. Auditions may be private or with a friend. Also, auditioners may sing a song of their own choosing, bringing any music necessary for accompaniment. A parent must be present at the audition.

Auditions for the Girls and Boys Ensembles will consist of a check of vocal ranges and some additional melodic and rhythmic exercises. No prepared solo is required. A parent must be present at the audition.

More information may be obtained by calling the Smoot Theatre at 304-422-PLAY (7529). Anyone who cannot audition on that date should call and request a different date and time.