Updated on September 6, 2023
Applications to audition for Pacific Chorale’s 24-25 season will open in Fall 2023.
​​​​​​​Check back here mid-October for information about our next audition cycle or submit your interest below to be notified when applications open.

Pacific Chorale will hold public auditions in Orange County, California in January 2024 for admission into the ensemble’s 2024-2025 season (earlier entry may be possible in spring 2024, subject to availability). Audition applications for Volunteer Singers are highly encouraged in all vocal sections. At this time, we anticipate limited paid Staff Singer openings in the Soprano, Alto, and Tenor sections.

OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday, September 26!​​​​​​​

We invite all interested singers to attend our upcoming Open House on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. A brief introduction and Q&A will be held from 6:45-7:10pm, after which all attendees will be welcome to observe Pacific Chorale and Robert Istad in rehearsal from 7:15-8:30pm. The Open House will take place in Newport Beach, CA. RSVP here no later than Monday, September 25 if you would like to attend – final details will be shared with attendees.

Audition Timeline

Application Schedule

Tue., September 26, 2023: Open House for all interested Applicants! RSVP Here.
Mid-October 2023: Audition Requirements & Application Posted
Tue., December 19, 2023: Application Deadline for all Applicants (or until section capacity is reached)
Thu., December 21, 2023: Scheduled Audition Time Slots Posted

Audition Schedule

Wed., January 10, 2024: Audition Session #1 | 7:00-10:00pm | Location TBA
Sat., January 13, 2024: Audition Session #2 | 9:30am-6:30pm | Location TBA
Tue., January 23, 2024: Audition Session #3 | 7:00-10:00pm | Location TBA

Decisions & Next Steps

Late February 2024: Audition Decisions shared with all Applicants
Late March 2024: Commitment Deadline for Admitted Singers

Audition Requirements for All Singers

Specific audition requirements will be announced in mid-October 2023 with the audition application. Auditions for all singers will include a solo of your choice, standard choral excerpts, and sight-reading and rhythmic exercises.

Additional Pre-Screening Requirements for Staff Applicants Only

To be announced in mid-October 2023 with the audition application.

Audition Application

The audition application is brief and there is no application fee. Resumes detailing musical experience are required for all applicants. The Audition Application will be available here in mid-October 2023.

About Pacific Chorale

Calling all passionate choral singers! Are you ready to be part of an extraordinary musical experience? Pacific Chorale is seeking dedicated voices to join our ensemble, and we want YOU to be a part of it! From classical treasures to new masterworks, our choral repertory and performance opportunities will uplift your spirit. Limited membership available in all sections. Don’t miss the chance to be part of an exceptional community of singers!

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

Audition FAQS

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.

Auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length.

Sessions will take place in Orange County’s Fullerton-Brea area and/or Newport Beach.

At this time, we will not accept virtual auditions in lieu of live auditions.

Pacific Chorale Singer FAQs

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.

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).

Rehearsals are held in several Orange County locations, regularly in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, CA.

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.

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.

Chorale members are typically required to sing at least one program each season to maintain active membership.

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.

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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