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Chorus Auditions

Cleveland Orchestra Children’s and Preparatory Choruses

The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus is open to boys and girls entering 6th-8th grade, while the Children’s Preparatory Chorus is open to 5th-8th graders.  Boys must have unchanged treble voices.

Auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus and Children’s Preparatory Chorus are held in late spring each year. For the audition, the child will sing one verse of “America” (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) with piano accompaniment in the key of his or her choice and one verse of “America the Beautiful” (Oh beautiful for spacious skies) without accompaniment in the key of D. Singing scales and rhythmic exercises may also be included in the audition, for which an accompanist is provided.

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The Children’s Choruses rehearse on Monday nights. Their season begins in September and runs through May. To learn more about the Children’s Choruses, please call 216-231-7374 or email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

Audition dates for the 2016-2017 season are as follows:

 

  • Monday, May 23, at University School (Shaker Heights campus): 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 4, at University School (Shaker Heights campus): 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 11, at University School (Shaker Heights campus): 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to audition for the Youth Chorus, as are 8th grade boys with changed voices.

Auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus are held in late spring each year.  Audition requirements are to prepare a piece from the OMEA Solo & Ensemble list, or an equivalent classical solo piece; Broadway or “pop” tunes are not acceptable. In addition to the prepared piece, students will be asked to sight read and demonstrate their vocal range. An accompanist is provided at the audition.

Audition dates for the 2016-2017 season are as follows:

  • Sunday, May 22, at Mentor High School: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 4, at University School (Shaker Heights campus): 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 11, at University School (Shaker Heights campus): 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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The Youth Chorus rehearses on Sunday afternoons. Its season runs from late August to early May. For more information about the Youth Chorus, please call 216-231-7374 or email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Auditions for the 2016-2017 Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will be held April 28, May 5, and May 7.  Prospective members must have previous choral experience and be able to sight-read music.  Those auditioning are asked to prepare two pieces from the classical literature, each approximately two minutes in length, at least one of which should be in a foreign language.  An excerpt from the Brahms German Requiem is also required if auditioning for the July 8 concert, and will be sent when the audition is scheduled. An accompanist is provided for the audition.

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The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus season is generally September through May. Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus are required to commit to rehearsals every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and frequent Sunday rehearsals, in addition to all scheduled concerts. The 2016 season will also include a performance of the Brahms German Requiem at Severance Hall on July 8, with rehearsals on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout June 2016. For more information about the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, please email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

Blossom Festival Chorus

Auditions for the 2016 Blossom Festival Chorus will be held April 28, May 5, and May 7. Prospective members must have previous choral experience and be able to sight-read music. Those auditioning are also asked to prepare two pieces from the classical literature, at least one of which should be in a foreign language.  Each piece should be approximately two minutes in length. (See below for additional audition requirement for Brahms German Requiem consideration.) An accompanist is provided for the audition.

The Blossom Festival Chorus will perform on the July 24 concert at Blossom Music Center, Magic of the Movies (note this is a date change). Evening rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin on July 12. Additionally, Blossom Chorus members may audition for the July 8 Brahms German Requiem concert at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Auditionees who wish to be considered for this concert will be required to sing an excerpt from the German Requiem. The required excerpt will be sent when an audition time is confirmed.

Blossom Festival Chorus members are also invited to sing with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for Christmas concerts in December.  For more information about the Blossom Festival Chorus, please email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

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