Auditions for the 2019 Variety Children’s Chorus

We’re looking for local kids and teens to join our inclusive Variety Children’s Chorus program!

The unique program features youth joining together to perform throughout the St. Louis area. This talented group, which includes kids and teens with and without disabilities, spreads Variety’s message of inclusion for all to hear, from holiday concerts to Dinner with the Stars. The Chorus is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Carter, who is also a professor and chair of the Department of Music at Webster University.

Auditions for the 2019 – 2020 school year will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Whitfield School. We just require that all audition participants love to sing and that they are youth ages 8 through 20 years old. No prior experience is necessary!

Registration will begin in the main lobby of Whitfield School (175 S. Mason Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141). New participants will be asked to fill out a registration form. Returning Variety Children’s Chorus members will be asked only for their name and any updated contact information.

Each child will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday.” The expectations for membership in the Variety Children’s Chorus include:

  • The ability to take direction
  • The ability and willingness to actively participate
  • The ability to match rhythm and pitch

After auditioning, everyone will be measured for performance costumes by Variety staff. Parents will be sent audition results via email by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 21. This email will also include a detailed schedule for 2019 – 2020.

Those placed in the Variety Children’s Chorus will build upon their vocal skills, experience the opportunity to perform for the public, and serve as ambassadors for Variety. There are currently two scheduled performances - a holiday concert at The Sheldon on December 12, 2019 and Dinner with the Stars at the Stifel Theatre, where the Chorus performs with a celebrity headliner, on April 25, 2020. More performances may be added later.

Children not placed in the Chorus will be offered a position in Everybody Sings, a new addition to the Variety Children’s Chorus program. This group will be dedicated to giving children the opportunity to sing in a group just for the pleasure and love of singing. Group members will have the opportunity to build a foundation of music appreciation and elementary skills. Every nine weeks, they will perform in-house for their family and friends.

Rehearsals for both groups will be held weekly throughout the school year at Whitfield School. They will occur on Monday evenings - the first rehearsal will be Monday, September 9, 2019.*

We hope to see you August 19! Please contact Joy Addler via email with any questions. Click here to learn more about the Variety Children’s Chorus and Variety Dance programs.

If you are interested in our Variety Dance program, there is no audition required this year! We will host introductory classes on Monday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Those ages 8 through 20 are encouraged to join us that evening to learn more about the program, meet the instructors and have some fun!

*This has been updated from our previous post, which initially listed Monday, August 26 as the first rehearsal date.