Audition for the Choir

Interested singers are invited (no appointment needed!) to see if the Choral Society might be the right fit for you by quietly stopping in during any Tuesday evening rehearsal during our regular season (September - May) from 7:30-10 at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church (321 W Butler Ave, New Britain, PA 18901)For audio and video clips of Choral Society performances, click here.

We hold auditions throughout the year by appointment. To arrange an audition with the Choral Society, please contact us via the Audition Form at the bottom of this page. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required. If you are having trouble with the Audition Form, please make your request by leaving a message for the Auditions Coordinator at 215-230-3836. Qualified applicants will be contacted directly to make an audition appointment.

Expectations for prospective singers:

  • sufficient fluency in music reading to be able to learn music independently and not exclusively by ear;
  • at least two years of recent experience singing in a community, school, or church choir that regularly performs classical style repertoire;
  • availability for weekly Tuesday night rehearsals (7:30-10:00pm) from September through June at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, located at 321 West Butler Avenue in New Britain, PA; a maximum of two missed rehearsals is allowed during each concert period; singers may be excused in advance from a single concert period because of work or family obligations, but are normally expected to sing all four subscription programs.
  • payment of annual dues of $125 and purchase of individual music, as ordered by BCCS; singers joining the choir mid-season will pay dues proportional to the number of concerts remaining that season; the Choral Society has a long-standing policy of confidentially waiving dues for singers who find themselves in a challenging financial situation and request support from the choir president.

Auditions will consist of:

  • vocalizing up and down your range on a simple five-note scale (vi----ah----i)
  • tonal memory exercises (listening to 4-note melodies on the piano and then singing them back accurately)
  • tonal sight-reading
  • performing a song, aria, or hymn of your choice
Qualified current high school juniors and seniors are welcome to audition for BCCS, but only with the approval of their school choir director and certification that the BCCS schedule would not conflict with their school choir's schedule.

 


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