APPLICANT (First Audition)
Applicants attend a small group audition with two
or more other boys. This hearing considers the boy's
ability to echo clap and echo sing (repeating what
he hears). At first, boys sing together and, toward
the end of the session, sing on their own. There is
no music to prepare. Boys passing this audition are
promoted to Candidate status.
CANDIDATE (Second Audition)
Candidates participate in a rehearsal with seated
ChoirBoys. This allows the ChoirMaster to evaluate
the boy in a working rehearsal and the Candidate to
experience singing with the BoyChoir. Should this
second audition be successful, the Candidate is promoted
to the status of Probationer.
PROBATIONER (Third Audition)
Probationer boys are assigned to a choir by the ChoirMaster
and attend all rehearsals and events. Boys will fully
participate for a number of weeks before being asked
to commit to membership. Once the ChoirMaster is confident
that the Probationer is ready, he is promoted to ChoirBoy
status and officially "seated" in his choir.