In 2021 the Schools Spectacular will be a composite of live and digital performances. If selected, you will be informed whether your performance will be live in the arena or part of the digital component.
The Core Choir is made up of approximately 50 talented choristers in Years 7-12 from NSW Public Schools who provide the basis for the choral sound of the Schools Spectacular.
Students auditioning for this category need to be experienced at singing in ensembles. They also need to be able to hold both basic and complex vocal parts within an ensemble setting.
Students should discuss their intention to apply with a contact teacher at their school.
A live audition will be held on Saturday 31 July 2021at The Arts Unit in Lewisham. Students will need to prepare a set piece, which will be distributed one week before the audition date. The audition will also involve some sight reading of vocal parts in groups.
Students do not need to submit a video audition for this category.
To submit an application in 2021 you must:
Read all details and confirm you are available for all dates.
An Application Endorsement Form link will be sent to parents and carers through email upon submission of your online application. A Parent/ Carer must complete the Application Endorsement Form by Wednesday 14 July 2021.
Learn the set piece which will be sent to you in mid July 2021.
Attend the live Audition at The Arts Unit, Sydney on Saturday 31 July 2021. You will receive more information including a schedule for this day after applications close.
Key dates for Core Choir
Monday 19 April 2021
Online applications open
Monday 12 July 2021
Online applications close
Mid July 2021
Applicants receive audition time & set audition piece
Saturday 31 July 2021
Core Choir live auditions at The Arts Unit, Sydney
Late August 2021
Students notified of their acceptance into the show
Sunday 10 October 2021
Core Choir Rehearsal 1 – Sydney location TBC
Thursday 28 October 2021
Secondary and Core Choir Rehearsal
Friday 29 October – Saturday 30 October 2021
Core Choir Rehearsals 2 and 3 – Sydney location TBC
Wednesday 3 November, Thursday 4 November or Friday 5 November 2021 TBC
Direction day – Full showrun with Featured Artists – Sydney location TBC
Thursday 11 November 2021
Secondary and Core Choir Rehearsal – Sydney location TBC
Sunday 14 November 2021
Core Choir Stage Band Sitzprobe – Sydney location TBC
Monday 15 November 2021
Core Choir Orchestra Sitzprobe – Sydney location TBC
Tuesday 16 November 2021
Core Choir sound check
Wednesday 17 November 2021
Final choir rehearsals
Thursday 18 November 2021
Final choir rehearsals and full dress rehearsal
Friday 19 November 2021
Schools preview and evening performances
Saturday 20 November 2021
Matinee and evening performances
Please note: Students wishing to be involved in the Core Choir for the 2021 Schools Spectacular must be available for all dates listed above. The only exceptions will be for rehearsals that directly clash with students’ HSC examinations.
There will be a cost up to $70 per student in the Core Choir for costume and prop items that will be direct debited from your school. Students will pay their school directly once they have been notified of their acceptance into the show.
Tips from the audition panel
The videos below provide some audition tips that may help you with your audition process.