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Bernstein Mass Choir


The Cincinnati May Festival invites singers of all voice types to audition for solo and chorus roles in the May 2018 performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece For Singers, Players, and Dancers.

Those selected to participate will join the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Robert Porco for a performance of this monumental work on May 19, 2018 at the recently re-opened Cincinnati Music Hall. The performance celebrates the centenary of Bernstein’s birth and recalls a previous performance of the work at the 1972 May Festival.


Street Chorus: The May Festival seeks approximately 40 singers (ages 16+) to populate the “Street Chorus,” an ensemble that sings in Latin and English in a wide variety of musical styles. Singers will be chosen from this chorus to sing solos ranging from extended songs to brief interjections. Street Chorus singers and soloists should be comfortable in rock, blues, jazz, pop, and Broadway vocal stylings and should possess the ability to learn complex ensemble music. Previous experience in musical theater productions is desirable, but not required.

Boy Soloist: The May Festival seeks a boy soloist with an unchanged voice to play an important dramatic role in the performance. The boy should possess a pleasant voice and strong musical skills. Previous stage experience is desirable, but not required.  

Auditions took place on Jan 20-21 and we are no longer looking to audition singers for the Bernstein Mass. 

Questions? Contact mswanson@mayfestival.com for more information or to inquire about upcoming auditions.

Bernstein Mass: May Festival 2017

 Rehearsal Schedule

Sun Feb 18 Rehearsal 1: Street Chorus

Venue TBA

6 pm-9 pm

Sun March 11 Rehearsal 2: Street Chorus

Venue TBA

6 pm-9 pm

Sun March 25 Rehearsal 3: Street Chorus

Venue TBA

6 pm-9 pm


Sun April 15 Rehearsal 4: Street Chorus

Venue TBA

6 pm-9 pm

May 6-11 Possible Staging Rehearsals: Street Chorus, Boy Soloist


Venue TBA

Sat May 12 Rehearsal: Street Chorus, May Festival Chorus

May Festival Rehearsal Room @ Music Hall

2 pm-5 pm

Wed May 16 Orchestra Rehearsal: Full Cast

6:30 pm Chorus Call

Rehearsal 7:30-10:00 pm

Sat May 19 Dress Rehearsal: Full Cast

9 am Chorus Call

Rehearsal 10 am-1 pm

Sat May 19 May Festival 2: Bernstein, Mass

6:45 pm Chorus Call

8 pm Performance