Smoot Vocal Ensembles holding auditions

PARKERSBURG– The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will hold auditions dates for next year’s groups 4 p.m. May 29 and May 30 at the Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth Street.

The Ensembles are the Children’s Chorus for boys and girls who will be in grades 4, 5 and 6 next year, the Girls Ensemble for girls in grades 7 and up and the Boys Ensemble for boys in grades 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 Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir director, and 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 4:30-6:00, the Girls from 5:30-7 p.m. and the Boys from 7-8:30 p.m.

Auditions for Children’s Chorus 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. Anyone who cannot audition on these two days may call and request a different date and time.

The yearly fee for membership in the Smoot Ensembles is $25.