What is the audition process?
Not to worry – it’s very easy, brief, and fun! You will be greeted by one of our friendly members of the Managing Board along with other Chorus members.
The audition consists of a voice quality/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 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 with fundraising activities, publicity, stage setup, and participation in gigs.