Returning Nexatonix: The Christmas Edition!
Nexatonix aims to make beautiful music using some of the beautiful young voices of Nexus BYT, whilst also building skills in music reading and musicianship. We want to make something really special that showcases a selection of our best singers. Nexatonix is a vocal ensemble that will run in conjunction with Nexus Unmasked.
Auditions for Nexatonix:
During Nexus Unmasked on October 19th. Sign ups for the auditions will be at the sign in table. Auditions will take place in 10 minute intervals throughout the night.
Who will get to be in Nexatonix?
Between 8 and 12 singers will be selected to participate in the Christmas Edition of Nexatonix workshops, and the singers will be selected according to:
- voice types and ranges.
- ability to ‘blend’ their voices with others
- need to be ‘team players’, and take instruction and direction.
-are able to participate on the following four rehearsals: October 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 9th, and possible Christmas performance opportunities might become available
Friday Nights: First week Unmasked, Then 4 weeks of Nexatonix in Term 4 2018
Time: 4:00 - 6:30pm Cost: $10 each session, payable at the door on the day / $40 paid up front for all 5 sessions.
Where: Bendigo Baptist Function Hall, 757 McIvor Highway, Junortoun.
Audition Material – Please read this carefully!
In the Audition, you will be ‘tested’ on a few key skills:
- Your sense of pitch
- Your ability to ‘hold’ a pitch against another pitch (harmony)
- Your sense of rhythm, and your ability to hold a rhythm against a regular beat
- Your attitude and your receptiveness to being ‘taught’ :-)
You will be asked to do this in FOUR SEPARATE WAYS (so get these things ready!):
1. Asking you to sing some intervals (gaps between pitches) as accurately as you can. Here’s a video to demonstrate the skill and the intervals that might be asked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt50y4P7CGU
2. Asking you to sing some notes played on the piano in the same way this video describes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSp3GAo5uu4. You might be asked for the top or the bottom note, so practise both!
3. Singing a round (a canon) against Emily, and holding it! This is the round you need to learn, and you need to memorise it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzdozhZ0hk
4. Singing a song of your own choice, unaccompanied (that means no backing tracks!) whilst clicking or clapping a steady beat. This should be around 30 seconds duration.
Who is running Nexatonix in Term 4 2018?
Emily Bibby completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and has since worked as a teacher of singing, a classroom music teacher and a choral director. Emily believes in the value of strong musicianship skills, teamwork and the energising power of singing in a group, and she is thrilled to have been asked to direct Nexatonix from its inception.