Auditions

Thank you for your interest in Pittsburgh Girls Choir! For sixteen years, we have been dedicated to creating strong communities of girls united by the desire to grow in musical knowledge, vocal/performance skills, cultural awareness and personal responsibility in a hard-working and fun environment.

We believe that every girl can learn to sing and do not reject anyone. The purpose of the audition is to help us place each girl in the choir which will enable her to thrive.

Choral Placement Event 

Choral placements will take place at Shadyside Presbyterian Church: 5121 Westminster Pl., Pittsburgh PA, 15232

                August 26th, 2021, 4:00-7:00pm (1st-7th grade) – Meet and Greet

                By appointment (8th-12th grade) – Concentio Auditions

*Women of Song, our adult ensemble, does not require an audition. However, new singers should email the director at julianna@pghchoralarts.org to schedule a voice placement prior to the first rehearsal. Registration for Women of Song can be found on our Women of Song (Fall 2021) web page.

To schedule a meet-and-greet time, click on the link below. To schedule a Concentio audition, please email the director, kathryn@pghchoralarts.org, prior to Concentio Camp on August 9th.

Choral Placement (grades 1-7)

*Following the meet-and-greet/audition, please see our registration page to sign up for the appropriate PGC choir.


Girls entering grades 1-5 (Fall 2021) will be asked to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or the ABC Song. This experience is very low key and affirming. We ask that at least one parent is present for this meeting.  This provides an opportunity for both student and parent to get to know the teacher and to find out more about Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Following the meet and greet, the student will be placed in either our Melodia choir (grades 1-3) or Harmonia choir (grades 4-5.) 

Girls entering grades 6-12 (Fall 2021) can find more information about choral placement preparation below. We ask that at least one parent is present for this meeting.  This provides an opportunity for both student and parent to get to know the teacher and to find out more about Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Following the meeting, the student will be placed in either our Via choir (grades 6-8) or Concentio Choir (grades 8-12).


Choral Placement Preparation

6th – 8th Grade Girls will be asked the following:

  • Sing a simple warm up exercise (will be taught at the audition)
  • Sing a favorite song of her choice, or choose from the following:
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
    • Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins)
    • The Hills are Alive (Sound of Music)
    • Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
    • A hymn
    • Any folk song (can be from any country or culture)
  • Sing “Are You Sleeping” (or “Frère Jacques”) 

9th – 12th Grade Girls:  Because of the advanced level of difficulty, Concentio membership requires previous choral and /or vocal training. Girls in high school who have no previous experience will need to spend a preparatory year in Via.

  • Sing a simple warm up exercise (will be taught at the audition)
  • Sing a favorite song of her choice, or choose from the following:
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
    • Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins)
    • The Hills are Alive (Sound of Music)
    • Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
    • A hymn
    • Any folk song (can be from any country or culture)
  • Sing “Are You Sleeping” (or “Frère Jacques”)
  • Sight-read both rhythmic and melodic patterns.  This will show the teacher what she knows about musical literacy. Student has to have some reading ability in order to participate in Concentio.