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Click the link at the bottom of the page for the Audition Application Form. We suggest you read this page before applying for an audition.


Singers are accepted into the SMYOC Choral Program through an individual audition, by appointment only, with a Choir Conductor. Entry to all SMYOC groups is by audition.

Leonardtown or Prince Frederick?

SMYOC holds choir auditions and rehearsals at 2 locations: Patuxent Presbyterian Church and Calvert Middle School. You may decide which location is most convenient for you and let us know which one you've chosen on the Audition Application Form. Please note that SMYOC will not constrain your location choice. The only factor is your own preference; we anticipate that most applicants will choose the location closest to home.

At each location, there are 2 choirs:

  • A Preparatory Choir
    • For less experienced singers.
  • A Youth Choir
    • For more experienced singers who have previously performed in choral ensembles.

Audition Dates

Auditions are held throughout the year. They are usually held immediately before choir rehearsals, on Monday evenings. Once you have submitted your online application form, you will be invited, by email, to choose an audition date from a list. If you are unable to make any of the date(s) or time(s) of the auditions, please contact SMYOC. An additional audition may be granted at the discretion of the Conductor.


Choir rehearsals usually take on Monday evenings. We publish our rehearsal dates, times and venues on our website and via Google Calendar, which you will be invited to view once you've joined us.

choir singerWho is Eligible?

Singers aged 8 and above may audition. Singers up to the age of 20 may be accepted. Less experienced singers should audition for the Preparatory Choir. More experienced singers should audition for the Youth Choir; these singers will have performed previously in choral ensembles and are usually aged 12 and above.

The Audition

  • Please plan on arriving at the audition venue at least 15 minutes before your audition start time.
  • If you are auditioning for the Youth Choir (for more experienced singers):

    • Auditions will last approximately 15 minutes.
    • For the audition, singers should:
      • Prepare to sing the Star-Spangled Banner without accompaniment.
      • Prepare to sing a second song of their own choosing which best fits their voice.
      • Come prepared to demonstrate their level of musical literacy through a series of musical exercises. These will include rhythmic and melodic exercises, musical memory sequences, and some sight-singing.
  • If you are auditioning for the Preparatory Choir (for less experienced singers):

    • Auditions will last approximately 10 minutes.
    • For the audition, singers should:
      • Prepare to sing Happy Birthday as a solo.
      • Prepare to sing Row-Row-Row Your Boat as a round. Singers should be able to hold their own part successfully while others/another is singing another part.
      • Come prepared to do a few musical exercises, including some rhythmic exercises, melodic imitations and pitch-matching.
    • Here's a short video that will show Preparatory Choir applicants what to expect at audition:



Tuition is $320 per student. This amount includes a $25 Performance Attire rental fee which will be deducted if you have already purchased our attire or would like to do so for the forthcoming season.

Tuition covers both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 seasons.

There are discounts for siblings and for those that join for a single season. If you would like to know more about discounts, please email us at

Tuition covers the period until the end of June.

Tuition is budgeted to cover less than 40% of SMYOC’s annual operating expenses. We rely on grants, corporate sponsorship, ticket sales and individual contributions to cover our remaining expenses.

Financial Aid

It is our policy that no student be discouraged from participating due to financial hardship. An application form for need-based financial assistance can be downloaded by clicking here: Financial Aid Form. Once it is complete, please post it by mail to SMYOC.

choir singerSMYOC Resolution on Cooperation with School Music Programs and Instructors

SMYOC recognizes, personally and publicly, the importance of music education within our schools. SMYOC wishes to work in partnership with schools and private music instructors to the greatest extent possible to facilitate the musical development of our young people. In expanding and strengthening both school and community musical resources, our youth are offered the opportunity for optimum growth.

In recognition of the importance of these partnerships, we strongly recommend that all members of our Choral and Orchestral Programs participate in their school’s choral and/or instrumental programs.

SMYOC Statement of Non-discrimination

SMYOC admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally available to students in the choir. SMYOC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national and ethnic origin or any basis prohibited by law in administration of its admissions, access, or treatment in its programs and activities.

Application Form

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