All City Music Ensembles
All City Music Ensembles require an audition and selection process.No registrations should be entered or fees paid until after you received aconfirmation of being selected for an All City Ensemble.Students in 4th or 5th grade who have registered and paid a fee to participatein elementary instrumental music are exempt from paying an All City Ensemble fee.Payments can be made using your checking account, Discover Card, or Mastercard only.Requests for a fee waiver cannot be processed online.Print the forms below and return to the Fine Arts Office.PRINT: ALL CITY REGISTRATION FORM
It is the intention of the Newton Public Schools that no student is denied participation in school-sponsored activities and bus transportation due to inability to pay. Waivers are based on income and family size as well as special circumstances or temporary hardships.
Newton Public Schools All City Music Ensembles provide students who have a deep commitment to singing or playing their musical instrument with an opportunity to join like-minded students from across the district in an extra-curricular performance ensemble. Students are selected by audition in the late spring or fall and rehearsals are held after-school at least one afternoon per week.
ELIGIBILITY: Participation in an All City Music Ensemble is restricted to students currently enrolled in Newton Public Schools and Newton students who reside in Newton and are Home Schooled.
Starting in the 2011, participation in the All City Music Ensembles has become a fee-based program. Students who are selected for their group will be provided a registration form and payment slip. The annual participation fee is $150* and financial assistance waivers are available to qualifying families who apply. Registrations and fee payment may also be completed online in the fall. The links below will be activated after the audition period for each individual ensemble.
* Students in the fourth and fifth grade who have registered and paid a fee to participate in their school band or orchestra are exempt from paying the participation fee for All City Band, Orchestra, and Treble Singers.
NPS All City Band
Open to all students proficient on their instrument in grades 5 – 8. Students must be enrolled in their own school instrumental group. Rehearsals take place at Charles E. Brown Middle School Middle School, 125 Meadowbrook Rd., on Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:45 PM.
Co-Directors: Megan Lotz, Horace Mann Elementary School and Devon Nelson, Brown Middle School
Audition Information: Auditions take place on Wednesday, September 25, Wednesday, October 2, and Wednesday, October 3, 2019.
All students must:
1. Download, Print and fill out an Audition Form: Print Form
2. SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE: Here
How to prepare for auditions: Students will be asked to play
- a solo piece of their choosing
- 2 scales listed on the audition form by instrument.
- Sight read a short piece of music to be given to them at their audition.
NPS All City Orchestra
Open to all students proficient on their instrument in grades 4 – 8. Students must be enrolled in their own school instrumental group. Rehearsals take place at Bigelow Middle School on Wednesday afternoon from 3:45-5:00 PM.
Director: Cara Bergantino, Bigelow Middle School
Assistant Director: Olivia deGeofroy, Peirce ElementaryThe 2019-2020 ACO audition dates will be: Wed. Sept 18th and Wed. Sept 25th from 3:15-5:00. Here is the link to sign up and register:
How to prepare for auditions: Please prepare a short solo of your choice. Violinists should be prepared to play two octave scales in G, C, and B flat major. Violists, cellists, and bassists should play one octave scales in G, C, and B flat with good tone. All students should play their scales in eighth note patterns with the metronome set at 100 (two notes per click)
NPS All City Treble Singers
All City Treble Singers: Open to students in grades 5 and 6, with a recommendation from the chorus teacher at their school. Students must be enrolled in their own school chorus in order to be eligible. Rehearsals take place at Bowen Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 PM from October through May.
Co-Directors: Deanna Mustachio, Franklin Elementary and Michael Smith, F.A. Day Middle School
2019-20 Audition Information:Auditions will be held the last week of September at F.A. Day Middle School. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact your music teacher. If you have already contacted your music teacher, please click here to sign up for an audition.
How to prepare for auditions: Students will be asked to sing “America the Beautiful,” duplicate some pitch matching patterns and sing in a round with another singer using either “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or “Frere Jacques.”
Check out the Treble Singers promo video to see what Treble Singers is all about. Video link here.
All City Chorus Troubadours
Open to students in grades 7-9 with a recommendation for the chorus teacher at their school. Students must be enrolled in their own school chorus. Rehearsals take place at Bigelow Middle School on Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 PM, late September through May.
Co-Directors: Jamie Alberts, Bigelow Middle School and Katie McIntosh, Mason-Rice Elementary
2019-20 Audition Information: Fall auditions by appointment, email Katie McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org before Sept. 18 to sign up! Auditions for Troubadours primarily take place in the spring. A few slots are reserved for fall auditions.
To find out more about Troubadours auditions, click here:
How to prepare for auditions: Students should prepare one of the following songs.•America the Beautiful•My Country Tis of Thee•When the SaintsStudents should also be prepared to sing some scales and do rhythmic sight-reading.