CJYC BasieThe Central Jersey Youth Chorale is auditioning young vocalists for a new season of performances in and around the Count Basie Theatre.                    

Press release from the Count Basie Theatre

Back for a second season after its inauguration in 2013, the Central Jersey Youth Chorale invites students in grades 5 through 8 to audition for the CJYC, a free program of the Count Basie Theatre and the Red Bank Borough School District.

Auditions will be held at the Basie building on Monday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 17, beginning at 5 pm. The CJYC program is scheduled to run from October through June 2015, and will again operate under the musical direction of Kristopher Zook, local conductor, composer and vocal music educator from Red Bank Regional High School.

Students should prepare a song that reflects their vocal strengths. Once accepted, weekly rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 5-6 pm and Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm at the Count Basie Theatre. This year’s CJYC will perform at local community events and concerts, and in conjunction with select acts on the main stage at the Count Basie Theatre. The group’s repertoire will reflect a wide variety of styles and genres of choral music.

The number of students accepted into the CJYC is limited, so interested participants are urged to contact (732)224-8778 x125 to reserve an audition time — and read on, for more about the Fall Session of classes at the Basie.

The Count Basie Theatre’s educational mission is to provide a foundation of cultural enrichment to students of all ages and economic levels. This fall, the Basie’s Performing Arts Academy is pleased to offer courses in everything from the basics of screen and stage acting, to singing, tap, filmmaking — even a series of workshops for children aged 5-8 based on popular films like Frozen, Tangled, Brave and the classic tale of Peter Pan.

For more seasoned actors, audition-based intensives will also be offered in acting and musical theatre. Classes and workshops are available for performers of all ages, and deals are available for combining certain classes and workshops, or for registering more than one sibling for certain experiences.

The ten-week fall session begins on September 29th, 2014 and runs through December 14th. Take it here for a full schedule and descriptions of fall offerings.