Let’s hear your beautiful voice.

Love music and like to sing? This is for you. Below you’ll find information on auditioning for the May Festival Chorus and May Festival Youth Chorus.

Register to audition for the May Festival!

Auditions are typically held in January and August of each year, but we are always eager to hear from interested singers. Fill out the appropriate form below to submit your interest in auditioning. Questions? Please reach out to Chorus Manager Kathryn Zajac Albertson at [email protected].

Adult Chorus
Youth Chorus

Why join the Chorus?

There are lots of reasons, and you’ll probably have your own. Often, people feel a sense of community, singing with others. Or they might find escape, a part of their week that’s totally separate, where they get to do this very cool thing. Or it can be a rush, being on stage. And to be on stage with one of the great orchestras in the world is something else. Or maybe you just love the big feelings of big music. Maybe you have something to sing. Whatever the reason, we’d welcome the chance to hear you audition.

May Festival Chorus

We invite singers of all voice types to audition for the May Festival Chorus. Singers should prepare one or two vocal solos that demonstrate their best vocal qualities. Foreign language works are welcomed. An pianist is provided, and auditioning singers should bring a copy of their music for the pianist. A list of common audition works is below, and singers are welcome to offer these selctions at their audition. The Director of Choruses may also ask to hear some vocal exercises.

For each work listed below, there are three files: a PDF of the score, a MIDI learning track, and a piano accompaniment. The learning track is for your reference and mirrors the learning tracks made available to chorus members each week in preparation for our rehearsals. Be prepared to sing with a live accompanist in the audition, however.

Fill out the online audition form to indicate your interest. Our chorus manager will contact you to arrange a time. If you’re unavailable for the scheduled audition time, other arrangements can be made. The audition will last approximately ten minutes, and we’ll notify you of the result within one week. 

 

Audition Piece Score   Learning Track   Piano Track  
Schubert, An Die Musik (D major) View Listen Listen
Schubert, An Die Musik (B flat major) View Listen Listen
Giordano, Caro Mio Ben (E flat major) View Listen Listen
Giordano, Caro Mio Ben (D flat major)   View Listen Listen
Mozart, O Isis und Osiris View Listen Listen
Traditional, The Water is Wide View Listen Listen
Purcell, When I am Laid in Earth View Listen Listen

May Festival Chorus FAQ

May Festival Youth Chorus

Interested singers of all voice types in grades 8-12 are invited to audition for the May Festival Youth Chorus, including those with changed and changing voices. Online and live, in-person auditions will be held in August 2021. A list of suggested audition works appears below. Singers can select one work from the list and should be prepared to sing it along with the pre-recorded accompaniment (virtual) or with a live pianist (in-person) in the audition. Additionally, the chorus director may also ask to hear some vocal exercises and ear training exercises.

If you prefer to perform a song not listed here, that’s OK! Please notify the Chorus Manager when you sign up of this preference. We prefer that you sing along with an accompaniment, but unaccompanied auditions are accepted.

For each listed work, there are three files: a PDF copy of the score, a MIDI learning track, and a piano accompaniment. The learning track is for your reference and mirrors the learning tracks made available to chorus members. Singers can should use the piano track for online auditions.

Fill out the online audition form to indicate your interest. Our chorus manager will contact you to arrange a time. If you are unavailable for the scheduled audition time, other arrangements can be made. The audition will last approximately ten minutes, and we will notify you of the result within one week.

 

Audition Piece Score   Learning Track   Piano Track  
Amazing Grace (E flat) View Listen Listen
Amazing Grace (F) View Listen Listen
America the Beautiful View Listen Listen
My Country, Tis of Thee View Listen Listen
Schubert, An Die Musik (D major) View Listen Listen
Schubert, An Die Musik (B flat major) View Listen Listen
Giordano, Caro Mio Ben (E flat major) View Listen Listen
Giordano, Caro Mio Ben (D flat major)   View Listen Listen
Traditional, The Water is Wide View Listen Listen
Purcell, When I am Laid in Earth View Listen Listen

May Festival Youth Chorus FAQ

Questions?

Other questions? We are always glad to hear from you. Get in touch with our staff and we'll answer your questions.