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As of June 23, 2022: The Audition Application for Pacific Chorale’s 2022-23 Season is re-opened for Tenors and Basses. Please see below for further information. If you are a Soprano or Alto interested in auditioning for the 2023-24 season, please submit your information here and we will contact you during the next audition cycle.

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Pacific Chorale plans to hold public in-person auditions in Orange County, California in August 2022 for immediate entry in the ensemble’s 2022-2023 season. Applicants for Volunteer Positions are welcome in the Tenor and Bass sections, and Staff Tenor positions. At this time, we will not hear Soprano or Alto singers. The audition application is available now. Auditions will be scheduled on first-applied, first-served basis, with applications closing if audition capacity has been reached within either section. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

New tenors and basses will have the opportunity to sing in the following exciting concert programs at the world-class Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall:

  • Pacific Chorale’s Season Opening, featuring the Duruflé Requiem and Jocelyn Hagen’s Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, conducted by Robert Istad
  • Pacific Chorale’s signature holiday program, Tis the Season!, conducted by Robert Istad
  • Pacific Chorale’s Season Finale, with the Haydn Nelson Mass and West Coast Premiere of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, by Florence Price, conducted by Robert Istad
  • Pacific Symphony’s annual Lunar New Year celebration extravaganza, conducted by Carl St.Clair
  • Pacific Symphony’s semi-staged opera production of Rigoletto, conducted by Carl St.Clair
  • Pacific Symphony’s Season Finale and World Premiere performance of James MacMillan’s oratorio Fiat Lux



Application Schedule

Thursday, June 23, 2022: 2022-2023 Audition Requirements & Application Posted

Thursday, July 21, 2022 (5:00pm): Application Deadline for Tenor Staff Applicants

Thursday, July 28, 2022 (12:00pm): Application Deadline for Tenor & Bass Volunteer Applicants

Friday, July 29, 2022: Prescreening Results and Audition Schedules Confirmed


Audition Schedule*

Saturday, August 6, 2022: Audition Session #1 | 9:00am-1:00pm | Location TBA

Monday, August 8, 2022: Audition Session #2 | 7:00pm-10:00pm | Location TBA

*Dates and times are subject to change.


Decisions & Next Steps

Friday, August 12, 2022 (estimated): Audition Decisions shared with all Applicants

Friday, August 26, 2022 (estimated): Commitment Deadline for admitted singers


Note: At this time, new singers admitted to Pacific Chorale for the 2022-2023 season must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including with a booster dose where eligible. Proof of vaccination is required as a condition for entry into the ensemble.



This section pertains only to applicants interested in paid part-time employee Staff Tenor Positions. Applicants for Volunteer Positions may disregard this pre-screening section.



Applicants for Staff Positions must submit pre-screening recordings of two vocal works: a classical aria and a contrasting piece of your choice. Recording requirements:

  • Audio-video recordings must be submitted for the staff prescreening requirement. Audio-only files will not be reviewed.
  • Recordings may be unaccompanied.
  • The recordings must be unedited and presented without added digital reverb. Your two pieces may be submitted as two separate, but complete takes. Do not splice your recordings.
  • A professional recording setting and/or professional equipment is not necessary for this pre-screening stage (for example, filming at home on a phone or computer will suffice).
  • Recordings should have been made recently, between November 2021 and July 2022.
  • Your prescreening repertory choice may be repeated at the live audition should you pass the prescreening stage.


The upload link for your prescreening files is available in the audition application.

Pre-screening applicants invited for in-person staff auditions will be notified on Friday, July 29, 2022.



  1. One classical art song or aria of your choosing, not to exceed 3 minutes in length. Plan to bring a copy of your music for our pianist.
  2. Short sight-singing exercise(s) upon request to evaluate your ability to read intervals and rhythmic patterns on sight.
  3. Rhythmic exercises upon request.
  4. For all auditioning singers: An assigned excerpt, here, from Handel’s Messiah.
  5. For Staff Applicants only, an additional assigned excerpt, here, from Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Singers who audition for Volunteer Positions should not prepare the Stravinsky excerpt.
    • Staff applicants are to prepare your part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass) of the fugue subject between rehearsal 5 and 10.
    • You will sing this section unaccompanied; the tempo will be eighth note=60.
    • You will be given a starting pitch on the piano; if you prefer, you may bring your own tuning fork.





The application is available on this site to all applicants through Thursday, July 28, 2022 (12:00pm). The application is brief and there is no application fee. Resumes are required for all applicants. On the application you will also indicate your top two preferred audition dates.

Audition Application



Pacific Chorale is a diverse, dedicated, and enthusiastic group of singers, who create an acclaimed ensemble that performs on world-class stages with some of the nation’s leading orchestras. Our repertoire is extensive and ranges from choral/orchestral masterworks to a cappella treasures and world-premiere compositions. We invite you to consider joining the GRAMMY-Award Winning Pacific Chorale!

Why Sing with Pacific Chorale? Hear directly from our singers in this quick video:


Audition FAQS

  • What kind of singers do you look for?
    • Although it is important for Pacific Chorale members to possess a high level of musical and vocal ability, a conscientious, diligent, and punctual work ethic is also valued. Experience in ensemble singing is essential.
  • How long will my audition last?
    • Auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length.
  • Where do audition sessions take place?
    • Sessions will take place in Orange County’s Fullerton-Brea area and/or Newport Beach.
  • Will you schedule virtual auditions?
    • At this time, we will not accept virtual auditions in lieu of live auditions.


Pacific Chorale Singer FAQs

  • How can I learn more about Pacific Chorale?
    • Please review our website, including our YouTube page, for information and videos of Pacific Chorale performances. We also invite applicants to attend our upcoming performances.
  • When are rehearsals?
    • Rehearsals are regularly held on most Mondays between September and May every season. Depending on the program, additional rehearsals may be added during the week/weekend as schedules permit. Weeknight rehearsals are generally held from 7:15 to 10:00pm. Performance weeks see additional nightly rehearsals from Tuesday through Friday (with a performance on Saturday).
  • Where are rehearsals?
    • Rehearsals are held in several Orange County locations, regularly in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, CA.
  • How many performances does the Chorale present each year?
    • Pacific Chorale’s annual concert schedule typically includes 6-7 self-produced season performances and numerous guest appearances with ensembles such as Pacific Symphony and the LA Phil.
  • Scheduling & Roster Assignments
    • Several months before an upcoming season, singers submit schedule availability based on the Chorale’s season calendar of rehearsals and concerts. Submitting full availability for a program does not guarantee assignment to that program. Performance opportunities for singers are determined on a per-program basis, where individual singer availability is weighed against artistic need and singer performance.
  • Do I have to sing every concert?
    • Chorale members are typically required to sing at least one program each season to maintain active membership.
  • Absence policy
    • Once assigned to roster programs, our absence policy is flexible, depending more on the concert program, number of rehearsals, and musical difficulty. For instance, planned absences would not be allowed for a program that only has two or three rehearsals. On the other hand if a large program has eight or more rehearsals, one to two planned absences are allowed depending on the circumstances. Any absences from dress rehearsals and performances, barring family emergencies or illness, are not permitted.
  • Do Pacific Chorale members pay dues?
    • Pacific Chorale singers pay no dues as members of the ensemble. There is also no music deposit fee, however singers may be asked to recover the costs of lost or damaged music that is loaned by the Chorale.



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