AUDITION TO JOIN THE CHORALE
NEXT AUDITIONS HELD
MAY 2020, DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
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The Colorado Springs Chorale is fun and rewarding, as you work with a great group of people from all walks of life in preparing music for a variety of concerts. Our repertoire includes everything from classical masterworks to opera choruses, contemporary choral music, seasonal favorites and patriotic selections. We sing in a number venues in the Pikes Peak Region, from the Pikes Peak Center to a church in the old mining and gambling town of Cripple Creek.
We sing with world-class music ensembles in the region, including: the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, the United States Air Force Academy Band and others.
The Colorado Springs Chorale is an auditioned symphonic chorus that rehearses once a week from late August into late spring each season (Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:45 p.m. at First Christian Church). Auditions for this group are a vital part of the planning process so that the artistic director can plan music appropriately for the available voices. It may sound daunting, but it really is easy, and goes by quickly! If desired, you may receive feedback on your audition. In the eight-minute audition, you will:
Sing one prepared selection. It need not be in a foreign language or be memorized. Present an aria or song from an opera, oratorio, or cantata (sacred or secular), an art song, or a concert arrangement of a folk song, hymn, or Broadway excerpt -- not to exceed 3 minutes. Do not use selections straight from a hymnal. Despite their beauty, hymns utilize a limited vocal range. No “pop songs,” please. If you have any questions regarding an appropriate selection, do not hesitate to call. Please do not forget to bring a copy of your music for the accompanist.
Vocalize simple scales to determine voice range.
Sight read a choral piece in 4 parts, singing your own voice part. The piece will be accompanied to provide support.
Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in learning new music through sight singing, rhythm reading, and singing back intervals that will be played for you on the piano.
In the event your voice is not a match, please do not despair! On request, we can provide you with a list of local voice instructors and coaches who can help prepare you for a future audition.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"How do I practice rhythm?"
Visit this site to access rhythmic sight reading examples. The rhythmic sight reading in the audition will look similar to this website's practice exercises and will reflect a level 2 or 3 in difficulty.
"What will the sight reading look like?"
You will sight read your own voice part, reading from a choral piece using standard notation for choir in 4 parts. There will be piano accompaniment to provide support.
"I can't read music. What should I do?"
While learning music by ear is a valuable skill, your audition must demonstrate some facility with reading music. You do not have to be note perfect!
"How do I schedule an audition?"
Please call 634-3737 or email for more information and an appointment. Auditions are by appointment only.
"Where will the audition be held?"
The Chorale rehearses and auditions in the First Christian Church building at 16 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.