Vocal Music

Be part of the hottest vocal ensemble around! Vocal Music is an opportunity to hone your pitch, harmonization and vocalization as well as performance techniques. Led by professional artists, you will explore your vocal instrument, and enhance your onstage skills both as an individual and as a member of the ArtsFest 2018 ensemble. Under the guidance of your Artist in Residence, you will be challenged to learn a variety of songs for the ArtsFest Showcase for your peers from JCC Maccabi®—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®

Audition Requirements – Vocal Music

What are we looking for?

  • A passion and enjoyment for approaching and performing music
  • A curiosity about various styles and a desire to experience new music
  • Risk-takers who are ready to work on vocal projection and performance skills
  • People who enjoy being part of a team
  • Experience in at least two of the following: Solo performance; Ensemble or choir performance; Onstage experience…singing, dancing, or acting
  • Have the ability to hold pitch while singing harmony with others
  • Be able to follow a basic chart, or to read music

In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit a video sample of your work. Please record a video of yourself singing a song of your choice a cappella or with accompaniment, either from a pianist or a karaoke tape or CD.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly about your experiences in vocal music at school, home, and in workshops/classes.
  2. How do you wish to further your work/skills in vocal music while at ArtsFest?
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest?
  4. Tell us about the piece you chose and why you chose it.
  5. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your music skills?
  6. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here

Vocal Music Artist in Residence

Steven Clausen is a Southern California native. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in music education and also attended California State University, Los Angeles where he received a master’s degree in choral conducting. He has been teaching middle school chorus for over 20 years and during those years he has several times served as an honor choir director, adjudicator and vocal coach. His choirs have earned top honors at state and local festivals and several of his students have gone on to become choir directors or professional musicians themselves. He is currently serving as the artistic director for the newly formed Long Beach Youth Chorus, and earlier this year he was a music faculty member at Chapman University.