Evan Roberts, Asst Conductor, YME conducting Danny Boy. YME Tour 2016. Photo courtesy Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), based in Pasadena, is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments available from 4 to 7 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.

Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.

Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.

Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Cuba, Germany, Austria and Italy as well as Alaska and the East Coast; performed with Cuba’s celebrated choir Sine Nomine, the Harvard Glee Club, U.S Army Chorus and University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. YME has also participated in seminars with counter-tenor David Daniels, tenor Ben Hepner and such choral educators as Dr. Andrew Clark (Harvard University), James Taylor (Yale University), Patrick Gardner (Rutgers University) and Thea Kano (New York City Master Chorale).

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.