The admission process at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School is twofold: the boy must first undergo a voice audition conducted by a music staff member or an appointed talent scout of the DBCS. If the boy passes his voice audition, his latest academic school report should be sent to DBCS for assessment by the Head of Academics. Boys need to be above average academically in order to keep up with the demanding requirements at DBCS. It is necessary for prospective new boys to attend an Open Weekend prior to joining DBCS. It is at these Open Weekends that parent information sessions are held, boys experience a night in boarding, undergo further voice and academic evaluations, and also get the opportunity to join the main choir on stage. It is an exciting weekend, structured to assist both parents and boys to make a fully informed choice as to whether DBCS is the correct school for them. Once all criteria are met, an official congratulatory letter of acceptance from the Headmaster of the DBCS is sent to the parents. It will then be up to the parents to accept or decline the offer to be part of this world-famous choir.
Boys are asked to sing a well-known melody and move through a short series of tests to determine the boy’s aural skills, followed by a few simple questions.
Auditions can be requested at any time suitable to the parents and/or staff – at concerts, festivals, while on tour or at an event – simply contact a member of staff to arrange an audition. Auditions also take place at the school in the Central Drakensberg during our school term. Another option is to undergo a voice test with one of the talent scouts in the different provinces. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find the talent scout closest to you.
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