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VOCAL MUSIC

The Santa Susana High School Vocal Music program is passionate about the musical growth of students. Through focused learning, practice and performance the SSHS choirs excel in their musicality and vitality. Working with expert accompanists, choreographers, and costumers, the experiences students gain are at a professional level. With opportunities throughout the year to collaborate with theatre, film and stagecraft students, as well as professionals in the industry, vocal music majors will gain an understanding of all of the options within the music profession.  

Students from the Santa Susana Vocal Music Program have gone on to attend colleges such as Berklee School of Music, Westminster Choir College, NYU TISH, Pace University, Harvey Mudd, AMDA, UCLA, USC, Syracuse, Bard University, and many more. Alumni are working in the music industry as singers, musicians, studio singers, talent agents, music therapists, sound design, choreographers, and more, all the way to Broadway.

Certificates are offered to students who complete the coursework for an academy emphasis in Vocal Music. Students who complete the certification program will leave with a portfolio of works performed in ensemble and solo performances and a comprehensive understanding of different genres within vocal music. The program currently is comprised of six different types of vocal music classes.

Here is a brief description of the Choirs offered:
Concert Choir: An ensemble for beginning to advanced treble clef singers
Vocal Ensemble: An ensemble for beginning to advanced mixed singers
Show Choir: A mixed voice ensemble for beginning to advanced singers that focuses on Musical Theatre style performances
Chamber Choir: An ensemble for intermediate to advanced treble clef singers
Abbe Road A Cappella: An advanced group of mixed singers focused on A Cappella music

ALL CHOIRS perform a variety of music and styles.
All choirs perform in three shows at school each year, as well as in the community and regionally.
All singers have opportunities for solos, and field trips.

Vocal Music Certification Information

For more information on the program please go to www.santasusanachoir.org 
​To contact Mrs. Abbe please email bevin.abbe@simivalleyusd.org 

Auditions for incoming students will take place LIVE March 9th, 2024. 

The Process 

The Vocal Audition will consist of the performance of a prepared solo, evaluation of tonal memory and sight singing. Evaluation will also be based upon potential ability, performance skills and knowledge of music fundamentals. Students will be placed into the vocal class that best reflects their current vocal placement.​​ 

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated individually. Areas of assessment will include:
● Tone Quality
● Rhythm
● Notes and Pitch
● Expression and Style
● Music Choice
● Tonal Memory
● Singing Lowest of Two Pitches
● Sight Reading
● Ability to receive feedback/constructive criticism

Vocal Auditions

SSHS Vocal Music Auditions 

Live auditions are for both incoming and returning students for classes.

Prior to auditioning, please fill out this Google Form and join the Auditions Remind (text @sshsau to 81010) 
If you are auditioning for more than one discipline, please check the boxes for all the departments you are auditioning for.

Please carefully read through the audition elements required for Vocal Music.

INCOMING LIVE AUDITIONS: March 9th, 2024

All singers will sing a one minute excerpt from a song that shows the best qualities of your voice. This song should be recognizable and be sung with Karaoke.

Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Show Choir - Please be prepared to sing the following in person

  1. Sing a Major Scale starting on whatever note you’d like (the Do Re Mi scale) 
  2. One minute of a song that shows off your voice, using karaoke

 SHOW CHOIR DANCE AUDITION VIDEO 

  1. Prepare for your dance audition
    1. The Dance audition practice video - 
      1. Dance with counts -LINK
      2. Dance from the front (how you should look) -LINK
      3. Dance from the back (how you should move) -LINK
  2. Sign up for a live audition slot LINK



ADVANCED AUDITIONS: For incoming and current students
Incoming students can audition for Vocal Ensemble and/or Chamber Choir March 9th, but must complete the Flip ahead of time. Abbe Road auditions include the pre-recorded Flip, and the live portion will only take place on the date below.

Vocal Ensemble - Please submit one video that includes some of the following elements. Include an introduction in your video.
To be able to submit the FLIP, you need to join the group with the code da9ba90f

  1. FLIP- Due March 4th
    1.  Scales Video - Turn in to FLIP
      1. Sing a Major Scale starting on whatever note you’d like (the Do Re Mi scale)
      2. Sing a Chromatic Scale
      3. Sing the Do Re Do Mi exercise (^ is upper Do)
        1. Bottom up- Do Re Do Mi Do Fa Do Sol Do La Do Ti Do ^Do 
        2. Top Down- ^Do Ti ^Do La ^Do Sol ^Do Fa ^Do Mi ^Do Re ^Do Do


Chamber Choir - Please submit one or more videos that includes the following elements.
Include an introduction in your video.
To be able to submit the FLIP, you need to join the group with the code da9ba90f

  1. FLIP- Due March 4th
    1. Scales Video - Turn in to FLIP
      1. Sing a Major Scale starting on whatever note you’d like (the Do Re Mi scale)
      2. Sing a Chromatic Scale
      3. Sing the Do Re Do Mi exercise (^ is upper Do)
        1. Bottom up- Do Re Do Mi Do Fa Do Sol Do La Do Ti Do ^Do 
        2. Top Down- ^Do Ti ^Do La ^Do Sol ^Do Fa ^Do Mi ^Do Re ^Do Do
  2. IN PERSON - March 14 at Lunch (or March 9th for students new to SSHS) 
    1. Solo Song - Sing a one minute section of a song of your choice with karaoke
    2. Song - Sing your vocal part to the following song -  
      1.  (mm. 1-16)
      2. Flat for Star Spangled Banner SSA (Practice Tracks)

 (Coming Soon) LINK to sign up for Chamber Choir Auditions!

Abbe Road Auditions -  **NOTE** Students who are considered for Abbe Road must be able to fully sing in tune, have the ability to solo, and be able to sing with and without vibrato.
Please submit two recordings to FLIP that includes the following elements. Include an introduction in your video. You will also submit a letter (due March 4th) saying why you should be chosen for Abbe Road. You may email the letter to bevin.abbe@simivalleyusd.org Please put "Abbe Road Letter" in the subject. 
To be able to submit the FlipGrid, you need to join the group with the code 512c2b90

  1. LETTER - Due March 4th 
    1. ​Write a letter saying why you should be chosen for Abbe Road. You may email the letter to bevin.abbe@simivalleyusd.org Please put "Abbe Road Letter" in the subject. 
  2. FLIP - Due March 4th   Turn in to FLIP 
    1. Scales Video - Turn in to FLIP 
      1. Sing a Major Scale starting on whatever note you’d like (the Do Re Mi scale)
      2. Sing a Chromatic Scale
      3. Sing the Do Re Do Mi exercise (^ is upper Do)
        1. Bottom up- Do Re Do Mi Do Fa Do Sol Do La Do Ti Do ^Do 
        2. Top Down- ^Do Ti ^Do La ^Do Sol ^Do Fa ^Do Mi ^Do Re ^Do Do
    2. Star Spangled Banner Recording - Sing your vocal part to the Star Spangled Banner. You will turn in to FLIP and sing it live at the audition. Please learn the whole song
      1. ​Star Spangled Banner SATB  
      2. Flat for Star Spangled Banner -  
    3. Your solo video (this is last minute so you have till TBD for this one)
  3. IN PERSON - Monday March 11th  4:45pm-7pm 
    1. Warm up singing your part of the Star Spangled Banner in person
    2. Solo Song - Sing a one minute section of a song of your choice a cappella
    3. Sing your vocal part to the following song  
      1. The sheet music and demo track is posted below - All people auditioning learn this one song
        1. All voices learn thier own voice part mm1-24
        2. All treble singers also learn the solo
        3. Sheet Music -LINK
        4. Flat - LINK With this link you are able to mute parts and just listen to your part or make others quiet. Here is a video that explains it (0:28 seconds in) YouTube Link

LINK to sign up for Abbe Road Auditions!

For video elements:
Utilize the correct passcodes and upload videos to Flip. Please submit the required videos that will include an introduction and will demonstrate the necessary skill sets. 

Example: State, “Hello, my name is ______ , I go to ______ school and I will be in _____ grade. In this video I am auditioning for ______.”

How to submit your video -
Each individual video should be continuous (without edits) and include all the elements. Please make sure to include what the title of the song and who wrote it. You may take a moment between sections but please keep each video continuous as we will be looking at how you transition from one element to another. Each video should not exceed 10 minutes. You may have to create a Flip account if you do not already have one. This is very easy to do. We recommend you use your school email to sign up, even if it is an out of district email. You may record with your own device and upload a video, or you may use the Flip Camera. 
If you have questions please reach out to bevin.abbe@simivalleyusd.org 

Audition Times:
Show Choir and Musical Theatre Dance Auditions will occur March 9th. Time: 8:00am-9:00 am 
​Vocal Music Auditions (for all choirs except Abbe Road) will occur March 9th. Time: 9:30-12:30 (10 minute blocks) 
Abbe Road Auditions are March 11th 4:45pm-7:00 pm 
​Chamber Choir Auditions FOR CURRENT STUDENTS are March 6th at Lunch 

Sign up for a spot: HTTPS://WWW.SIGNUPGENIUS.COM/GO/9040F4DA5A72BA02-46954144-2024#/