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General Audition Information

To audition for Colorado All-State Choir, students must be a junior or senior and must be currently enrolled in their high school vocal music program. Auditions are held each fall to place students in one of three choirs to perform in spring. Auditions are scored on a point system using a variety of qualified judges from the Colorado region. Raw scores are then configured into "Z-Score" to account for different judges and voice parts.

Directors should read and review the following document to fully understand audition procedures and requirements.

Audition Procedures and Requirements
2014-2015 Director Responsibility Sheet & Signatures (Coming Soon)
Petition Form for Alternate Audition Site

The audition consists of the following:
(Audition Videos are provided after each portion of the audition.)

PREPARED SOLO: 50 Points
Original score for judge and live accompanist required. Jazz, Pop, and Musical Theatre songs are NOT permitted.

Tone Quality - 10
tone, breath support, vowels, appropriate style
Intonation - 10
singing in tune
Accuracy - 10
accuracy of notes and rhythms
Diction - 10
text clarity, accurate pronunciation
Musicality - 10
dynamics, sensitivity to text, articulation to convey appropriate meaning

SENSE OF TONALITY: 10 Points
Any method is suitable: Solfege, numbers, 'la', etc..

Major Triad - 1
Minor Triad - 1
Diminished Triad - 1
Augmented Triad - 1
Major Scale - 2
Harmonic Minor Scale - 2
Melodic Minor Scale - 2

INTERVALS: 10 Points
Any sung/hummed note will be scored - Do NOT hum or sing to "practice."

Sing requested interval from given pitch - 6 (3 intervals, 2 pts ea.)
Identify interval between two pitches - 4 (2 intervals, 2 pts ea.)

MELODIC SIGHT READING: 20 Points
Any method may be used: Solfege, numbers, 'la', etc..

Melodic Sight Reading - 20 (2 examples, 10 pts ea.)

RHYTHMIC SIGHT READING: 10 Points
Scoring occurs from what students say. Any method may be used: Beat Numbers, 'ta', 'da', etc..

Rhythmic Sight Reading - 10 (1 example, 10 pts)

Each student will receive a RAW SCORE out of 100 possible points. That score will then be calculated into a "Z-Score" to account for the different judges, their averages, and the amount of students that are needed for each choir. The "Z-Score" cut off is different for each voice part, and will change every year.

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Z Score

Colorado ASC runs audition tabulation based on a function called Z score. First, all students from a particular judge are listed and compared with the average and standard deviation of that judge.  The standard deviation shows the score spread for each judge. The judge's average score less the student's Raw Score is divided by the judge's standard deviation. The result will be a number roughly between -2 and +2. This number is the student's "Z Score." The average scoring student from that judge will receive a "z score" near zero.  The Z-score allows for the best mathematical method to account for the varying difficulty of a judge's scoring.  As a result, a student's raw score from one judge can produce a seemingly different z score than expected.  The score cut offs for the choirs are made by "z score."  

The formula is:

(Student Raw Score - Judge's Average Score) / Standard Deviation of Judge = Z Score

Example:   ( 78 - 73 ) / 12.5 = .40000

 

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NOTE: This information DOES NOT apply to the Colorado All-State Jazz Choir that takes place in January. Please refer to the "Jazz Choir" page for more information.


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2014-2015 Important Dates for Colorado All State Choir

September 10- Registration Deadline

October 3-4- Northern Site Auditions
October 9-11- Metro Site Auditions
October 16-18- Southern Site Auditions
October 24-25- Western Site Auditions

November - Audition Results Available
November - Order Music for Students
December - Rehearsal Materials Avail.
December - Acceptance Deadline

February 5, 6, 7- All-State Festival
**Thursday, Friday, Saturday**

February 7- All State Choir Concert


2014-2015 Important Dates for All State Jazz Choir

September 22- Registration Deadline

October 6- Notification Process for Callback Audition

November 8 - Callback Auditions at Smokey Hill High School

November 10 - Notification of Acceptance for All State Jazz Choir

December 5- Acceptance/Registration Forms Due

January 29 - Final Music Prep/Final Auditions

January 31- All State Jazz Concert (CMEA)