How do I decide which ensemble to audition for?

  • Students  do not apply for membership in a specific choral ensemble; placement is based on school grade
  • Students entering 3rd to 8th grade in the fall of 2014 are eligible for membership in the Vermont Youth Concert Chorale, under the direction of Kristin Bamberger
  • Students entering 9th to 12th grade in the fall of 2014 are eligible for membership in the VYO Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Buettner
  • Male students below 9th grade whose voices have changed may be eligible for membership in the VYO Chorus. Contact for more information

Where are the auditions?

  • All choral auditions are held at the VYOA’s home in the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College in Colchester (map). Auditions can also be heard at Dr. Buettner’s office at Middlebury College by prior arrangement. Please contact for further information.

When are auditions?

  • Most VYOA choral auditions are heard during the month of May for the upcoming season
  • Auditions may be heard during the summer by special arrangement. We encourage singers to join by the time our Choral Mini-Camp takes place (August 21-22, 2014)
  • New members may join for the full season prior to the completion of the first three rehearsals in September
  • Auditions to join mid-season (to start in January) are held in December

Who can audition?

  • Students who will be in grades 3-12 in the 2014-15 school year are eligible to join our choral ensembles
  • Post-secondary students (finished with high school and/or 19 years of age or older) are not eligible to participate in VYOA ensembles

What are the objectives of the VYOA placement audition process?

  • To place each student in the ensemble program where he or she can learn and benefit the most from the experience
  • To place each student in the ensemble that can benefit the most from the student’s skills
  • To provide a means of tracking development of our students over time
  • To help our students to gain experience in preparing for and succeeding in auditions and other high-demand situations