In order to be considered for Encore, a student must go through two auditions - one for voice, and one for dance/movement. Potential Encore members must also meet our academic eligibility requirements (2.0 GPA with no Ds or Fs, and no N/U citizenship grades in the final quarter).

VOCAL AUDITIONS - remote auditions being held via Zoom during the week of April 20th.

Sign up for a Vocal Audition appointment HERE and fill out this form.


Hello singers!  Once you have signed up for a time slot, you'll get an email through Google classroom with the code for Zoom, as well as a digital copy of our information sheet that we ask you to fill out for auditions.  If for some reason you aren't able to audition through Zoom during these times, PLEASE email Ms. Schlenz (jschlenz@pylusd.org) and we will work something out.

On the date of your audition, log into Zoom about five minutes before your scheduled audition time and join the meeting.  You'll be waiting-roomed until it's your turn to audition, so just sit tight!  You and I will be the only one in the meeting during your audition time.

I'll be conducting these Zoom meeting auditions from my classroom, so I'll have a piano.  We'll do vocal range testing and tonal memory the same as we would do in person - you'll sing some warmups to demonstrate vocal range, sing back pitches played on the piano to demonstrate tonal memory, and sight-read (clap and count) a simple rhythmic exercise (example).   You may want to use earbuds so that you can hear better.

For the "perform your own song" portion of vocal auditions, we still need to hear 16-30 bars (about 30 seconds, or a verse and a chorus) of a song that showcases your voice to its best ability.  Pop, Broadway, Disney and art songs are all great choices for music.  Students may sing a cappella or with a karaoke track that they provide - NO VOCALS on the backing track, please.  


If you are using a backing track, you will want to play it on a device that is NOT the device you're using for Zoom.  So if you're using a laptop for Zoom, use your phone to play your karaoke track; if you're using Zoom on your phone, play your karaoke track on a laptop or tablet (or through your TV if your TV can show YouTube videos). 

DANCE AUDITIONS - remote auditions by video


For dance auditions, please watch Miss Aimee's choreography video to learn the routine, and spend some time practicing it.  You can practice with this audio file of the song that is being played - it's the Pentatonix version of the song "Sing," which can also be found on YouTube.

When you feel like you're ready to record it for real, please make a video of yourself performing the routine with the music. You should make your video in a space where you have room to move around, and please make sure your camera is recording from an angle that your video shows your whole body; we want to see both your smiling face AND your dancing feet.   Please don't edit lots of videos together - it should be performed in a single shot.  Send us your best one!  Attach your dancing video to the Dance Auditions assignment in Google Classroom, or email to
jschlenz@pylusd.org if you can't join Google Classroom.

We need to have all videos submitted by
Sunday, April 26th at 10:00pm. If for some reason you can't get your video to work, or some other tech weirdness is happening, please email Ms. Schlenz and we'll see what we can figure out.  If you're having trouble figuring out how to attach a video to a Google Classroom assignment, this video may help.


There will be no callbacks this year, so please do your very best in your vocal audition and your recorded dance video - it's the only time we'll get to see you!  


RESULTS will be posted on Ms. Schlenz's website by FRIDAY, May 1, 2020 by 3:45p.


Please be aware that Encore is a major time commitment.  Students rehearse during zero period every day (7:59a-8:40a), as well as after school on Mondays and Wednesdays (3:45-5:15p Monday, 2:40-4:30p Wednesday).  Our competitions and performances in the spring will take up many of your Saturdays between February and April.  Students are expected to make Encore their first priority, because one student’s absence affects the entire group.  If you participate in other activities that also require a major time commitment, Encore may not be the group for you, so please check your schedule VERY carefully before you audition.




Get the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about being in Encore show choir.  Read the whole thing from start to finish, or click on a topic to jump right to it.


What is Encore?


How do I get into Encore?


How much time is involved with being in Encore?


How much are parents involved in Encore?


What does the financial commitment look like?




What is Encore?


The short version:

Encore is a group of singers/dancers who perform throughout the entire school year.  A few of these performances include competitions, Disneyland, large seasonal concerts, special events, and their very own holiday revue and hosted show choir competition.  Adding to the talent and energy of the group, Encore uses props and costumes to enhance their performances.


The long version:

Encore is the show choir at TRMS, consisting of ladies and gentlemen of all ages.  Placement in the group is by audition only, and the commitment to the choir must be for both fall and spring semesters.  This choir performs in our Winter, Spring and Pop concerts, as well as also participating in our Fall Choral Exchange, several show choir competitions in the spring, our District Vocal Festival in March, and performances at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.  In addition, Encore members have a major performance project each semester.  Our annual holiday extravaganza, “Singing in the Snow,” is in December, and we host our annual show choir festival during spring competition season.


Encore members generally have choreography rehearsals after school on Mondays (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.) and Wednesdays (2:40 - 4:30 p.m.) until competition season begins.  During competition season and second semester, rehearsals after school are on Wednesdays only.  Special rehearsals may be called as needed to prepare for performances.  All Encore members are expected to keep these days clear on their schedules, and to attend all after-school rehearsals.


Outside of our concerts, Encore is often asked to sing at PTA/board meetings, assemblies, holiday events in the community, and other special performances.  If you are in Encore, you will be expected to participate in these events as part of your commitment to the choir.  Information regarding special performances will be made available as soon as possible, so that our singers can arrange their busy schedules accordingly.


All members of Encore are required to sing in another choir here at TRMS.  This is to aid our singers in continuing to build advanced musicianship and performance skills, concentrating especially on sight-singing and appropriate vocal technique and style for a multitude of different types of music.  


How do I get into Encore?


You must audition to be part of Encore.  There are two separate auditions: a vocal audition and a dance audition.


For vocal auditions, students should prepare 16-30 bars (about 30 seconds, or a verse and a chorus) of a song that showcases their voice to its best ability.  Students may sing a cappella or with an instrumental track that they provide - NO VOCALS on the backing track, please.  


Students will also sing some warmups to demonstrate vocal range, sing back pitches played on the piano to demonstrate tonal memory, and sight-read a simple rhythmic exercise. 


For dance auditions, students will be taught a short movement routine by our Encore choreographer.  Students will then perform the dance in small groups of approximately six people.  We are looking for energy, confidence and smiles in addition to precision of movement.  Wear comfortable clothes, and dance shoes if you have them.


Students are chosen for callbacks based on the scores received in BOTH auditions.  For callbacks, students will again perform the dance routine in small groups.  Students will also be divided into sections (soprano, alto, baritone) and learn about a page of a three-part vocal piece to demonstrate blend, balance, and the student’s ability to hold a part.


No one is guaranteed a spot in Encore.  All returning students must re-audition every year.


How much time is involved with being in Encore?


To achieve our high standards of excellence in performance and competition, the members of Encore work very hard.  There is at least one and often two rehearsals a week for learning choreography (usually on Mondays and Wednesdays after school).  Encore members also attend zero period class (7:59a-8:45a) every day to learn vocal technique and work on music.  Sometimes rehearsals can be called on Monday holidays, minimum days, or during school breaks - these rehearsals simply depend on progress.  REHEARSALS ARE NOT OPTIONAL, AND ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.  Students who miss a rehearsal may be removed from the number that is being worked on during that rehearsal.  Excessive absences from zero period or after-school rehearsals may result in a student being dismissed from the group entirely.  

Singers and parents are asked to sign our ENCORE CONTRACT at the beginning of the year, stating their intent to comply with our policies and grading procedures over the course of the school year.  


How much are parents involved with Encore?


In addition to making sure your singer has transportation to and from rehearsals, zero period, and competitions, we also ask Encore parents to volunteer a few hours of their time every semester to help support the work that our students do.  We host our very own show choir competition that requires lots of helping hands.  We need chaperones for competitions and performances away from campus.  Parents are needed during Singing in the Snow to help with ushering, programs, ticket sales and concessions.  


What does the financial commitment look like?


Much like members of a sports team, Encore performers have two uniforms (their “primary” and “secondary” costumes), plus an all-choir uniform.  In addition, the ladies have extra costs such as briefs, dance tights, dance shoes, hairpiece and makeup.


Due to all the activities involved in Encore, there are costs that the school cannot cover, such as buses to competitions, live musicians, registration fees for competitions, facility rental costs, costume purchases, and sound/lighting costs.  In an effort to keep these memorable and exciting experiences for our students, we ask each Encore member for a fair share donation.  An approximate breakdown of cost is as follows:




Fair Share $400 (what does this pay for?​)

Encore dress - $175

2nd Competition Costume - $75

Tan Character Shoes with grips - $45

Stage makeup by PULSE Cosmetics, specifically for Encore - $15-$45

Hairpiece (colormatched to student) - $40

Nude colored leotard - $18

Nude dance tights - $13

Official Encore Jacket with embroidery and personalization - $68 (new students only)

Official Encore Duffel Bag with embroidery and personalization - $44 (new students only)



Fair Share $400 (what does this pay for?​)

Encore Vest and Tie - $80

Black Choir Pants - $20

Black Dress Shirt - $18

2nd Competition Costume - $75

Black Encore Dance Sneakers/Shoes (by Bloch) - $49

Official Encore Jacket with embroidery and personalization - $68 (new students only)

Official Encore Duffel Bag with embroidery and personalization - $44 (new students only)


We know that not all families are able to shoulder the additional costs that are part of being in Encore.  To that end, we offer the opportunity for sponsorships and scholarships.  If you are accepted into Encore and find yourself in a situation of financial need, please inform Ms. Schlenz so that arrangements can be made.  Please be aware that students who are receiving scholarship help are expected to participate heavily in our department fundraisers, since it is these fundraisers which make it possible for us to offer financial aid to students in need.

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