Cantata Academy Chorale is offering high school juniors and seniors a unique opportunity to participate in Cantata Academy Chorale as a member and featured soloist for one or more school years. In addition to the experience of performing with this recognized choir and being featured as a soloist, a $500 continuing education scholarship will be awarded to each young artist who is selected and successfully completes at least one year of full participation in the Cantata Academy Chorale.
Four Young Artist positions will be offered each school year, with one young artist selected for each voice section, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Availability of these positions does not ensure that they will be offered. Candidates must meet the high level of vocal musicianship required to participate effectively in Cantata and no scholarship will be offered for a given section if such a candidate is not available.
Candidates may apply by completing the Young Artist Scholarship Program application form and submitting it for consideration by June 30, 2016. Individual auditions of the finalists will be held in August and will be adjudicated by the director, Susan Catanese, and the Cantata section leaders. Auditions will include a selection chosen and prepared by the candidate, a selection chosen by the director to be prepared in advance by the candidate, and a sightreading exercise. Appropriate literature would include an art song or any solo of a classical nature. Each candidate will sightread their voice part of a Bach Chorale.
Results of the auditions and selection of the young artists will by announced by September 1 with activities for the following school year beginning September 11. All candidates must be currently active members of their high school vocal music program and continue participation in that program for the year they are singing with Cantata.
Those students awarded the positions will be expected to attend Sunday night rehearsals (6:30 – 9:00 PM) at First United Methodist Church, 320 W 7th Street, Royal Oak, MI 49067) and all performances for their year of participation, unless excused by the director. No dues, music fees, or any other costs will be incurred by the young artists while they are in Cantata. Transportation and formal attire will be provided if the selectee is not able to provide those for themselves.