Scholarship

Step 3: Live Audition & Interview – April 6, 2019

Those receiving top scores in the video round of each age category will move on to the live audition and interview at American River College in Sacramento.  Notification will be made no later than April 30

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants who will be completing the live audition must submit a Letter of Recommendation from their current choral director no later than Wednesday, April 3, 12:00 midnight.

Vocal Audition

Participants are asked to perform (live) the same song they performed on the video submission. Accompaniment may be live or prerecorded on CD or digital player (bring your own music player). If you are unable to provide your own accompanist, please contact Tina Harris, Scholarship Coordinator for options (see Contact Us page). Judges will be current and former members of the Sacramento Master Singers and/or past scholarship winners.

Live Interview

Immediately following your vocal audition, the SMS judges will ask you a series of questions about the following:

  1. Current and previous choral experience
  2. Other activities outside of choral music, both musical and academic
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Importance of choral music in your life, both currently and in the future

The top winners in each age category will move on to the live audition and interview on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at American River College in Sacramento.

Judging Criteria

All videos will be judged by members of the Sacramento Master Singers using the following criteria:

  1. Appropriateness of song selection
  2. Preparation
  3. Diction and pronunciation
  4. Tone Quality
  5. Intonation
  6. Musicality
  7. Expression, communication
  8. Overall effectiveness of performance