Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale
Q. Why do you require auditions?
A. The Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale is a select vocal ensemble limited to a maximum of 40 singers that is dedicated to excellence in performance. The literature that we perform is difficult and requires singers who are capable of preparing it in a limited number of rehearsals.
Q. What are you looking for in an audition?
A. Mostly your vocal qualities (tone quality, shading, range, etc.) and how well you can perform in an ensemble. Skill and expertise are a plus, but are often not requirements. Ability to sing on and maintain correct pitch, pitch memory and some sight reading skills are checked in the audition process.
Q. What do I have to do in the audition?
A. You will be asked to sing some vocal exercises such as, scales, tap a rhythm, sight read a line of music on your voice part (with the other parts played on piano) and sing a familiar melody. If you’ve brought a prepared solo you may sing a section of it, but this is not a requirement.
Q. Am I expected to sing from memory?
A. Only to repeat short melodic fragments played on the piano to test your pitch memory.
Q. What if I am nervous and "mess up"?
A. Everyone is nervous at their audition. We expect candidates to have "the butterflies". Remember that we are only using the audition as an opportunity to get to know you and to learn about your voice.
Q. What do I need to bring to my audition?
A. Just a completed Chorale Audition Form (available at the audition), a prepared solo if you like (not required), and a joy for singing.
Q. How long is the audition?
A. A candidate can expect an audition to last about 15 to 20 minutes or less.
Q. Who will hear me audition?
A. Auditions are heard by the Artistic Director/Conductor. Others in the room may include an accompanist, a section leader(s) and another member of the Chorale.
Q. When will I know if I am accepted or not?
A. In some cases, audition candidates will be notified at their audition whether they have been accepted. In other cases you may be notified by phone/email after the audition is completed.
Q. What if the audition precedes a rehearsal?
A. If the audition precedes a rehearsal, the person may be asked to join the rehearsal following the audition. In this case the person is expected to pay the yearly dues and the music fee at that time.
Q. When and where are rehearsals?
A. Rehearsals are held twice a month on ?? nights from ?? to ?? pm at ??. There are also dress rehearsals prior to the concerts. Sectional rehearsals may be called occasionally by section leaders
Q. Is there an application fee?
A. No, but we do have an annual membership fee of $110.
Q. Do I have to purchase my own music?
A. No, singers will be provided purchased as required and are responsible for returning them in good condition. A $30 music fee will be accessed per concert.
Q. Are there any recorded helps for learning the music?
A. Free midi file parts often can be found on the Internet; we also plan on providing learning CDs and mp3 files to help with learning parts.
Q. Is there an application form? What will you ask me?
A. Our application form asks for basic background information, including your choral history, instrumental skills, education, and so forth. This helps our Artistic Director/Conductor get a better picture of you, and will not be shared with other organizations or businesses.
Q. If accepted will I be provided more information on the Chorale?
A. Once you’ve passed your audition your will receive a Members Handbook that will explain the policies and procedures of the Chorale.
Q. If accepted, will I have to audition every year?
A. If you sing during the concert year, you will probably not be required to audition the following year. Singers who are inactive for more than one year must re-audition. The Artistic Director/Conductor may systemically re-audition each section of the chorus every two years.