All experienced singers are invited to audition to become members.
• Good voice quality and tone
• A musical ear
• Some prior sight-singing experience
• A love of choral singing
To make an audition appointment, fill in our online form or call our Manhattan office, (646) 638-2535. Auditions are held throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What will the audition be like?
Relax! We want you, or we wouldn't be holding auditions. You'll be asked to bring along a brief prepared selection that you like to sing (such as a classical song or aria, or a choral excerpt); then we’ll do some sight-singing and vocalizing to explore your vocal range and quality. We promise to put you completely at ease!
We have a diverse, multigenerational membership numbering approximately 150 mixed voices. Our members come from throughout the region, and from many different walks of life. We are open to anyone who qualifies musically. Many times, new members have told us that this is the friendliest group they've ever joined. We work hard and seriously on the music, but we also enjoy our rehearsals and each other's company enormously.
Dues are $200 per year, payable by the first rehearsal in November. Members also buy or rent their own music. Please note that no qualified person has ever been refused membership because of an inability to pay dues. A brief, fully confidential conversation with our President or Membership Chair each September is all that will be needed to secure a dues reduction to accommodate an individual’s particular financial situation.
We rehearse every Monday between Labor Day and Memorial Day, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, at the Turtle Bay Music School, 244 East 52nd St., just west of 2nd Ave., in Manhattan.
Our rehearsals are devoted mainly to interpretation, and to deepening each singer’s understanding of the relationship of the part to the whole. As almost all works are sung in the original languages, you will be coached in the languages at rehearsals. Assignments are made each week via email, and singers are expected to learn the notes and words by themselves. Of course, we do go over the notes of very difficult or tricky passages. Any member who misses more than a specified number of rehearsals in preparation for any concert may be required either to withdraw from that performance, or to re-audition to insure that the required music and interpretation have been learned.
All members who plan to sing in a Carnegie Hall concert are very strongly expected to sell at least 4 tickets to that concert.
Each singer purchases his or her own music, which is available for sale or rental at rehearsals, or via download.
Women: Long (ankle-length) black skirt or dress slacks; black, long-sleeved blouse; black shoes (small black purse is optional).
Men: Tuxedo or black suit, white shirt, black shoes, black socks, and black bow tie.