The Columbus Symphony Chorus will be performing in person again soon and is gearing up for the upcoming 2021-22 season by hosting auditions at the Ohio Theater, Room 1 on the lower level, on Tuesday August 17 and Tuesday August 24. from 6.30 p.m. each evening.
To schedule an audition, interested parties should contact Choir Director Ronald Jenkins through the Columbus Symphony website at www.columbussymphony.com. Click “Orchestra” at the top of the page, then “Chorus” from the drop-down menu. There is a link to hearing information at the bottom of the page.
Each audition will last 8-10 minutes and will include the following:
1. The interviewee will sing a prepared piece of classical music. A single piece is quite acceptable. The goal is to demonstrate the voice and musicality of the person. An attendant is provided. Those auditioned must bring three copies of the music: one for the pianist, one for the conductor to follow and one for themselves. Memorization is not necessary.
2. Each person will receive an ear training / test (repeated intervals) and will be asked to vocalize.
3. Each person will be invited to sight-read, often a Bach chorale.
Auditioners will be notified by Friday August 27th. If accepted for the choir, rehearsals will take place Tuesdays from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. in Room 1 of the Ohio Theater. Rehearsals for the chamber choir begin on August 31. Full choir rehearsals will begin in the fall.
During the 2021-22 season, the Chamber Choir will perform the The passion of Saint-Jean (April 22 and 23). The full choir will perform the Puccini Bohemian (February 4 and 5), Liszt’s “Dante Symphony” (March 18 and 19) and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (May 13 and 14).
To ensure the safety of all participants, the choir will continue to follow appropriate health guidelines (CDC) for all rehearsals and concerts.