for women, for music, for excellence

Auditions

The Virginia Women's Chorus is the only ensemble at UVA that has the prestigious honor of being selected to perform at the ACDA twice!

Our video “And So It Goes” has nearly 31k views on YouTube.

Details

Auditions for the Fall 2019 semester have finished. Auditions will happen again in Spring 2020.

Below are some FAQs about auditions and the Chorus.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to our President, Julia Kothmann, at vwchoruspresident@gmail.com or our Vice President, Caroline Massey, at vwcvicepresident@gmail.com.


FAQ

Should I audition?

“Yes! If you like to sing, at all, you should audition for VWC.“ - Julia Kothmann, ‘20

The decision is yours to make, but if you would like some guidance, here are five signs that you should audition.

What if I have tests on a rehearsal night?

Not to worry. You will be excused from rehearsals for academic tests.

What if I have a class overlap?

An overlap of 10-15 minutes MAY be excusable, depending on skill level and commitment to Vdubz.

What is the audition process?

“From the start of auditions, VWC makes you feel welcome and the women want you to succeed.“ - Rachel Kessler, ‘22

It’s very easy, brief, and fun!

You will be greeted by one of our friendly Managing Board members along with other Chorus members in the lobby of Old Cabell Hall.

The audition consists of a voice quality and range check, singing scales a cappella, singing back pitches, and a few short sight-reading passages. Sight-reading is not a make or break issue. Voice quality, intonation and a good ear are important. You do not need to prepare a piece, but you will be asked to sing a portion of a song that is familiar to you. Each audition takes around ten minutes.

Please arrive five minutes early to complete your audition form.

What kind of musical experience is required of incoming singers?

New singers are expected to have some choral experience. Members should be able to read music of some complexity or work independently on a voice part, be able to learn text in other languages, memorize music for performances, and sing a voice part that currently has openings. If you have had private instrumental lessons within the past several years, you may find singing in the Chorus rewarding.

When do you rehearse?

Rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM, in Old Cabell Hall, room B012. In addition, singers attend one or two rehearsal weekends each semester. There will also be additional dress rehearsals before each concert.

What else is expected of members?

In addition to singing at all scheduled performances, chorus members also contribute to the smooth functioning of the organization by volunteering for fundraising activities, publicity, stage setup, and gig participation.