Although it is important for members of Pacific Chorale to possess a high level of musical and vocal abilities, a conscientious and diligent work ethic is also valued. Experience in ensemble singing is essential.
The Audition Process
Auditions for Pacific Chorale take place in January. Your audition is an opportunity for our artistic team to hear your voice, to explore your skill with sight-reading, and to get to know a little bit about you. The process takes about 10 minutes.
THE ELEMENTS OF THE AUDITION INCLUDE:
You will perform one piece of your choice, not longer than three minutes in length. We suggest you choose a classical art song or aria. Memorization of your selection is not required. An accompanist will be provided (please bring a second copy of your music for the accompanist).
You will be asked to read musical passages at sight. Our audition team will evaluate your ability to read musical intervals and rhythmic patterns. Click here for a sight reading example.
3. Vocal Flexibility
You will be asked to perform a short selection from the standard choral repertoire to evaluate your vocal flexibility. Please review the appropriate selection from the score samples here [sample to be provided] before your audition.
You will be asked to recite passages encompassing a variety of foreign languages at sight, including English, German, French, Latin and Italian. We will contact you approximately two weeks after your audition to notify you of the results.
Paid Staff Positions
Pacific Chorale pays professional singers to perform as the core of the Pacific Chorale ensemble. You can specify on the Audition Registration Form whether you are interested in auditioning for a professional position. Singers interested in either ensemble must demonstrate superior vocal and musical skills.
Level of Commitment
Pacific Chorale’s annual concert schedule typically includes 7-10 self-produced season performances and around 5 guest appearances of ensembles varying in size. Performance opportunities are determined on a per-repertoire basis. Rosters for performances are developed according to singer audition results, the musical requirements of the repertoire and singer availability. If you are invited to sing a particular program, you have the option to accept or decline the opportunity.
Rosters for each engagement are announced in the Pacific Chorale singer newsletter. Singers are expected to commit to all rehearsals and performances of each repertoire in which they participate.
Rehearsals generally take place every Monday evening with occasional Saturdays from September through May. Rehearsals typically begin around September 1st and continue through the beginning of June. During the week or two prior to a concert, there may be several mandatory rehearsals. These rehearsals fall on weekdays, usually in the evenings. Rehearsal schedules for each concert are posted to Pacific Chorale’s online calendar. If you would like further information about our audition process, please call our office: (714) 662-2345 or email our Personnel Manager.
Pacific Chorale is a diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic group of singers, who create an acclaimed ensemble that graces world-class stages with some of our nation’s leading orchestras. Our repertoire is extensive and ranges from choral/orchestral masterworks to acapella treasures and world premiere compositions. We invite you to consider joining our family!