2019 Auditions

DCC is open to children with treble voices in grades 5-10 (for the 2019-2020 school year). Auditions run about 10 minutes. Students will be asked to sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat, or Frere Jacques (in French or English) and America (My Country 'tis of Thee). They will also be asked to echo a few melodic patterns from the piano. It is not necessary to memorize the song lyrics as a song sheet will be available at the audition.

Auditions are scheduled for:

Date Time Location
Monday, May 20 4:30-6:00 pm Durham Arts Council
Thursday, May 23 4:30-6:00 pm Hillandale Elementary School
Thursday, May 30 4:30-6:00 pm Hillandale Elementary School

Or at other times by appointment by contacting Dena Byers directly.

Audition forms are available below.

Completed forms should be brought to the audition along with a photo of your child.

Join Cantare

Do you have a child who loves to sing but is younger than 5th grade? Then Cantare is for YOU!

Cantare is a non-auditioned choir for children in grades 2-4. The purpose of this group is to introduce young singers to choral music through good vocal singing habits, music reading activities and basic performing skills through age-appropriate voice training in a fun, high-energy environment. Cantare will rehearse Monday's from 5:00-6:00 pm. Cantare tuition is $200 for the year. We look forward to having you! Once we have received your information, you will receive an email within a week to confirm your place in Cantare!

If you are interested in being a member of Cantare, please fill out this form.


Are you interested in being a member of the Durham Children’s Choir? We would love to have you audition!

Singers entering grades 2-4:

Singers entering these grades do not need to schedule an audition. Our Cantare division's purpose is to prepare students vocally to join Bel Canto, the older DCC division. We are committed to growing DCC by developing young singers who can grow individually and as choral ensemble musicians. Since this is a preparatory choir, this emphasis is on a joyful atmosphere of music-making and fewer performances, allowing each child to develop confidence as a singer and musician. To sign up for Cantare, click here.

Singers entering grades 5-10:

Auditions for the Bel Canto division are held annually in late May and early June for the following school year. Auditions will be held at both the Durham Arts Council and Hillandale Elementary. A school photo of your child should be brought to your audition. Each singer should be prepared to sing “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” and the first verse of “America” (My Country Tis of Thee). Song lyrics will be available for you at the audition, you do not have to memorize the songs. The audition will also include some short vocal exercises to get an idea of the student’s vocal quality, timbre, and range, tonal memory aptitude and part singing ability.

All Singers:

Auditions for students wishing to enter mid-year will be held by appointment only. Contact Dena Byers via email or telephone (919-907-1322) to set up a time.

The Durham Children’s Choir is a professional, non-profit organization. It is our policy not to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age or national/ethnic origin.