Registration for April 29 auditions begins in March
Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall announced on February 28, 2017 that its Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will open registration for its April 29 auditions beginning March 1. The choir’s 24th season (2017 – 2018) begins in late August.
“School budget cuts have eliminated choir programs and even all music programs in many schools,” said Dr. Martha Shaw, artistic director and founder of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, “yet study after study shows that music learning benefits all learning, including language development and spatial intelligence. We have found that the students participating in our choir program see a positive effect on their academic achievement and overall well-being, while learning how to work together to create beautiful music.”
Shaw is looking for singers, boys and girls, between the ages of 10 and 13; no previous musical experience is necessary. Those wishing to audition must register in advance; there are three methods.
- Complete and mail a paper application. Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org/auditions/SHCC_2016_Aud_Web.pdf.
- Register online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/CLAY/.
- Call (678) 466-5566.
There is a $10 registration fee.
The 170 members of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program perform in three choirs and draw from 17 metro-Atlanta counties. The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir is the largest ensemble of the program, featuring some 120 singers ages 10 to 18. The Spivey Hall Young Artists features 60 students ages 10 through 13, and perform a wide range of repertoire that equips singers with the skills they need to participate in the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir.
The select members of the Spivey Hall Tour Choir comprise the traveling performance group for the choir program. Students in Tour Choir commit to a more extensive rehearsal and performance schedule, including an annual summer tour; last summer the group travelled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall as a solo ensemble. As cultural ambassadors of the State of Georgia, the Tour Choir has performed to acclaim throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Sweden, Norway, England, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, China, and Scotland. They have also professionally recorded four CDs.
Parents and students interested in learning more about the choir program are invited to attend an Open House at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow on Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m. There, they can hear the choirs in action, experience a group audition and ask any questions they wish to ask.
About Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program
Founded under the direction of Dr. Martha Shaw, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program consists of three choirs and draws from 17 metro-Atlanta counties. Membership and placement in the choirs is by audition, based on artistic merit and teacher recommendations, with need-based financial assistance available.
Singing with unmistakable spirit, refinement and remarkable beauty of tone and expression, all of these outstanding young musicians proudly represent Spivey Hall’s dedication to music education and commitment to artistic excellence. For more information, or to learn about our spring auditions, visit http://www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The program gratefully acknowledges the support of Clayton State University, the Spivey Education Committee, The Walter and Emilie Spivey Foundation and the surrounding arts community. The foundation laid by area music specialists, choral directors, church music programs, and other organizations is a large part of the success of this choral program.
About Spivey Hall
Now celebrating its 26th season, Spivey Hall is the South’s most acoustically superior recital hall, presenting the best in classical, jazz and world music. Located on the picturesque campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, just fifteen miles southeast of Atlanta, the hall has been praised by artists, patrons and journalists alike.
This season, Spivey Hall celebrates the 25th anniversary of its magnificent 4,413-pipe Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, custom-built in Italy by Fratelli Ruffatti, with special events and concerts.
An intimate venue with just 392 seats, Spivey Hall promotes for the concert-goer a personal connection with the artist both during and after the performance. Spivey’s extraordinary acoustics and reputation for distinguished programming attract outstanding international musicians who regularly perform at the nation’s major concert venues such as Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit spiveyhall.org.
Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of The Walter and Emilie Spivey Foundation and the Spivey Hall Friends.
Alan Morrison holds the McGehee Family Organist Residency at Spivey Hall.
Spivey Hall’s Season 26 is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.
About Clayton State University
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. For more information, visit clayton.edu.