Participation in the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy (SFYCA) is an amazing experience! When you audition for one of the 85 spots in the SFYCA, your key to success is preparation. Whether you audition in person or submit a recorded audition, it is essential that you present yourself in the best possible manner. An audition provides the basic information about your musicianship, your musical seriousness, your ability to prepare challenging material successfully, and your general motivation regarding participating in the SFYCA.
Here are some things to remember.
Solo: Prepare a song, preferably from the standard vocal repertoire, that best demonstrates your singing... read more
The SFYCA is comprised of 84 high school-aged students who have auditioned live or by recording. We urge you to try-out live at one of the auditions we hold in the Northwest. If you’re outside of our area, or if you can’t make one of the dates, follow these steps to audition by CD.
Print out the 2014 Audition Form. Complete this form and secure a letter of reference from your choral director or voice teacher.
Plan carefully to make a high-quality recording. Use a well-tuned piano and good recording equipment. Label the CD and its container clearly with the following information:
Town... read more
Tuition for the 2014 SFYCA is $900 per person. This fee includes a shared room in Barnhart Hall plus three great meals per day; tickets to OBF concerts; sheet music; and a practice CD.
Individuals are responsible for their own transportation to and from Eugene. We provide transportation from the Eugene airport to the university dorm for out-of-state students.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Application forms can be requested upon acceptance into the program.
2014 Dates and Timeline
The 2014 SFYCA is scheduled for June 30 through July 13. Out-of-state participants arriving by air will need to check in on June 29... read more
Welcome to the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy (SFYCA), a summer choral program for high school vocalists who want to become better singers — and have the music experience of their life.
Conductor Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College leads an amazing and inspiring 14-day program, open by audition nationwide. You'll be with 84 of the best singers in the country, making great friends, learning through seminars and rehearsals, seeing Oregon Bach Festival concerts, meeting top-flight pro musicians, and best of all, performing — including a gala concert at the beautiful Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Dates for the 2014 SFYCA... read more
While the conducting positions are limited and filled only through audition, anyone may attend the class as an auditor. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to learn from the skilled artists of OBF and be immersed within the excitement of the Festival.
Auditors and conductors attend all classes and seminars, participate in class discussions, and receive all class benefits, including tickets to most OBF concerts and events. Auditors also have the option to attend the Festival for less time and cost than the full schedule.
Who should consider being an auditor?
Conductors planning to audition in the future
Musicians who don’t have... read more
Tuition: $1,500 for participating conductors as selected through the audition process. $1,100 for auditors for the entire class, or $65 per day for partial stays.
Room & board: $79 a night for a single room or $66 a night for a double room. Class participants requesting housing stay in Barnhart Hall on the University of Oregon campus and eat all meals through campus dining, which provides for a large variety of tastes and dietary needs. Those requesting a double room without a specific roommate can have one assigned.
Need-based financial aid will be available to conductors chosen for the class.... read more
Conducting Repertoire 2014
At the heart of the Master Class experience is the preparation and presentation of repertoire for the Discovery Series lecture-concerts, in which class participants lead the performances with OBF artists. Master teachers Halls and Rilling provide instruction and feedback to conducting participants during rehearsals, and give further insights through their illuminating concert commentaries.
Concerts led by Matthew Halls with the OBF period instrument ensemble:
Bach: Easter Oratorio (BWV 249)
Bach: Christ lag in Todesbanden (Cantata BWV 4)
Concerts led by Helmuth Rilling with the OBF Orchestra:
Bach: Ascension Oratorio (BWV 11)
Bach: Erschallet ihr Lieder (Cantata BWV 172)
Along with the daily schedule of rehearsals,... read more