We’re getting ready to kick-start our Show Choir this October!
This October 7th (Saturday) from 9AM-4PM, we will be hosting show choir auditions. Auditionees are requested to sign up for a ten minute audition slot. We ask that the performers prepare two contrasting 16 bar excerpts. We will provide an accompanist and we will ask the performers to sight-read a short exercise. Call backs will be same day at 4 PM. Callbacks will consist of a short movement combination.
What is the Cunningham Piano School Show Choir looking for?
We’re excited to work with high-energy performers. The time commitment is minimal, so we need to put very hard work in to get our performances ready. Our first set of performances will be both scheduled and pop-up over the holiday season. A full list of the choirs appearances will be given out the at the audition.
What will it do for me?
Show choir is a very unique experience– it needs the same skill set as musical theatre (singing, movement, stage presence) and it also needs performers who are learning material fairly quickly. Shows are much shorter, but so are rehearsal periods. The choir will be learning a large variety of repertoire and be expected to put it together fairly quickly. There will sometimes be missing choir members, and added special guests. In short, the choir will learn to be thinking performers. They will be learning to think quickly and perform in a professional manner, they will be getting attention from an incredible director and a variety of special guest artists, and they will truly be having a ball. There is nothing more rewarding than doing something you truly love with people who love it just as much as you do, and that is what this ensemble offers.
Audition slots will be granted to performers aged 13-18. Feel free to sign up for a slot using the form below, or call us with any questions at 215-991-0847.
Meet our Director: Beatrice Osborne
Beatrice Osborne, a long-time lover of singing and the stage, joins our staff in addition to her performance schedule and teaching schedule to spear-heard our show choir. Beatrice boasts a long list of stage credits starting from a very young age, and has been able to play some of her favorite roles in some of her favorite shows. She looks particularly fondly at her performance of The Witch in Sondheim’s famous twisted fairytale, “Into the Woods”. She certainly doesn’t just fit in the musical theatre mold, as she also snagged first place in the Lancaster Opera Competition.
Since graduating college with a degree in vocal performance and receiving the Esther M. Schulz award for choral excellence, Beatrice has been auditioning, performing, and teaching voice and piano. She is thrilled to be the director of our show choir, as it is an exact intersection of her skill set and interests. “In directing a show choir, I’m able to work with an ensemble of voices and work with performers in an academic setting, talking about blending, vocal technique, harmony, and the like–but I’m also able to work with things like stage presence, performance practice, choreography, solo work, and other things that just don’t come up in normal choral work or in a private voice lesson.” It’s important to have a show choir director that understands that the ensemble isn’t just about tight choreography and flashy smiles–there is performance practice and lots of technique that goes into performing in this regard, and Beatrice is excited to get to work with students who are interested in learning about that.