Chamber Orchestra Auditions

Join the Nathan Hale Chamber Orchestra!  This ensemble is made of select students who are dedicated to playing more challenging music and learning how to work together to play without a conductor.  Students must be willing to work hard to learn their parts and work as a team with their fellow ensemble members. 

Please make a video of yourself playing the excerpts in the audition packets.  Current orchestra members should upload their to the “Chamber Auditions” assignments on schoology.  For those not currently in orchestra, upload your videos “unlisted” onto YouTube and email the links to kgsibicky@seattleschools.org. Submit the videos by Tuesday, May 26th at 10 AM.  Each excerpt should be in its own video labeled with your name and the excerpt number.

In addition, please fill out the questionnaire found here.

Violin Audition Packet

Viola Audition Packet

Cello Audition Packet

Bass Audition Packet

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Ms. Sibicky



Vocal Jazz and Chorale Auditions!

Despite school closures, we have to keep moving forward to make music together next year. If you are interested in being a part of one of Hale’s auditioned vocal ensembles, you’ll find everything you need here.
If you’re interested in auditioning for VJ as an instrumentalist (we’re looking for a piano, bass, and guitar for next year) please email Ms. Ewell.

Please fill out the Audition Packet, which has specific instructions for what to include in your audition video for either group (you can audition for both in the same video if you want).

If you are auditioning for Vocal Jazz, you will need to learn Fly Me to the Moon in the key appropriate for your voice – C Major for Sopranos and Tenors, or Ab for Altos and Basses. Here’s the sheet music for both options. Instructions for where to improvise the second time through are in the audition packet.

Here are the backing tracks for Fly Me to the Moon. Your singing will start right at the top, so practice with the tracks for your recording to get that timing right. Please use only these tracks in your recording. Choose the one for your voice part.

If you are auditioning for Chorale, you will need to learn Shenandoah. Please sing just the first verse, a capella (without accompaniment), in this key (D Major). This song has some serious range, so if notes are too high or too low for you, see what you can do to make it work.

Once you’ve completed your video and your packet, upload your video to YouTube with a private link, and email that link and your packet to Ms. Ewell. Your audition needs to be submitted by Monday, May 18.

This is the first time we’ve done video auditions, and I’m sure there will be questions or concerns as you work through this. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help! This is meant to be challenging, but I do want you to be successful! You can reach me at eeewell@seattleschools.org.

In Harmony,

Ms. Ewell
NHHS Director of Choirs

Third Place Commons Concert and MOD Pizza Fundraiser!

Come watch Nathan Hale Musicians and Vocalists perform holiday-themed music from 12:30-3:30 at the Third Place Commons, Sunday December 8th (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155).

12:30 Wind Ensemble, 1:00 Chamber Orchestra, 1:30 Vocal Jazz,

2:00 Jazz Band, 2:30 Concert Choir, 3:00 Concert Orchestra

ALSO! Grab a pizza or salad at the Lake Forest Park MOD Pizza anytime on the 8th, and MOD Pizza will donate 20% of the price of your meal to our Nathan Hale Music Program–simply mention Nathan Hale Music at the register. Hope to see you there!

Great “Thank You” Gifts from Fundraiser

The Nathan Hale Music Boosters are excited to announce that they have partnered with a local Glass Artist to give out beautiful “Thank You” gifts to donors.  

At the $100 level donation are the 14K gf wrapped glass pendants shown below and for each $25 donation we are happy to give you a pair of earrings like the type pictured below.  

These come in dozens of colors, but inventory in any specific color is limited, so the earlier you donate, the more choices you have of your Thank You gift color.  

They make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays or yourself, and they are a tax deductible donation!  Win win!!!  And even better if your company matches donations, we are happy to give out our Tax ID Number and a donation receipt.

To Donate:

-click the link at the right that has a yellow “donate” button

-mail a check to: (make check out to Nathan Hale Music Boosters)

Nathan Hale High School

℅  Music Boosters, 

10750 30th Ave NE, 

Seattle, WA 98125

-donate in person with cash, check or PayPal at a Nathan Hale concert before the end of the year

*This Fundraiser ends Dec 31st 2019

To Receive Your Thank You Gift:

-Have your child pick it up at Nathan Hale HS from Erica Ewell (Choir Teacher) during regular school hours in the Choir Room

-Pick out your gift in person at one of the Nathan Hale concerts 

(Next one is October 29th)

And a warm “Thank You” to all who help the music department fund the educational experiences that the donations finance!