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Thank you for your audition interest with Pacific Chorale. Audition details and requirements can be found below on this page. Last Updated July 16, 2021

AUDITION UPDATE

Pacific Chorale plans to hold public in-person auditions in Orange County, California in mid-August 2021 for entry in the 2021-2022 season. Audition dates, location, and the audition application will be made available after the July 13 information session. Please find specific details below for audition and (as applicable) pre-screening requirements. For the upcoming August audition cycle, please note the following initial requirements:

  • Applicants interested in auditioning for staff (paid) Chorale positions will be required to submit a prescreening recording.
  • Applicants auditioning for volunteer (unpaid) Chorale positions will not need a prescreening and will be welcome to sign up for available audition times.
  • All singers invited to join the Pacific Chorale roster for the 2021-2022 season will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
  • Thank you for your audition interest with Pacific Chorale. We appreciate your extended patience while we navigate the complex return to choral singing.

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

For All Singers:

  • One aria/art song of your choosing, not to exceed 3 minutes in length. Plan to bring a copy of your music for our pianist.
  • Short sight-singing exercise(s) upon request.
  • Rhythmic exercise(s) upon request.
  • An assigned excerpt, linked here, from Handel’s MESSIAH.

For Singers Auditioning for Paid Staff Positions:

**Singers who plan to audition for Volunteer Positions may disregard this section.

An assigned excerpt, linked here, from Stravinsky’s SYMPHONY OF PSALMS.

  • You are to prepare your part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass) of the fugue subject between rehearsals 5 and 10.
  • You will sing this section unaccompanied; the tempo will be the eighth note=60.
  • You will be given a pitch on the piano; if you prefer, you may bring your own tuning fork.

Pre-Screening Requirements For Staff Positions:

**Singers who plan to audition for Volunteer Positions only do not need to submit a pre-screening and will be welcome to sign up for audition times when the application is made available

DUE NO LATER THAN 11:00 PM FRIDAY, JULY 30.

  • Applicants for staff positions should submit pre-screening recordings of two vocal works: an aria and a contrasting piece. Recordings may be unaccompanied.
  • Audio-video recordings must be submitted for prescreening. Audio-only files will not be reviewed.
  • The recordings should 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 equipment is not necessary for this pre-screening stage (for example, filming at home on a phone or computer will suffice).
  • Submitted recordings should have been made recently, at least during the 2021 calendar year.

THE UPLOAD LINK FOR YOUR PRE-SCREENING FILES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE WITH THE AUDITION APPLICATION AFTER THE JULY 13 INFORMATION SESSION.

Applicants invited for an in-person audition will be notified no later than Wednesday, August 4,  2021.

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