Seattle Pro Musica 19-20 Season Auditions
Great singers and great people are always welcome.
Our 2019-20 auditions will take place on August 19, 20, and 21; please email email@example.com to schedule your appointment!
We have exciting concerts planned this season—in December we share warm, joyous choral music from winter traditions around the world; in March 2020 we celebrate the music of American women past and present as we honor the adoption of Amendment XIX to the United States Constitution; and in May we pair groundbreaking British composer Ethel Smyth’s stunning and seldom-heard Mass in D for choir, orchestra, and soloists with Mozart’s beloved “Great” Mass in C minor.
Every August, Seattle Pro Musica holds auditions for all voice parts.
What level of choral training do I need?
Choir members should have music reading skills and past experience as a singer or instrumentalist, as well as familiarity with singing in foreign languages. Choir members come from all walks of life. Some choir members are music educators or other professionally trained musicians, though the general membership's background is more diverse and includes physicians, attorneys, students, and other non-music professionals.
What are the audition requirements?
At your audition, you'll be asked to vocalize, to sight-read two short choral pieces (in a quartet with Seattle Pro Musica singers), and to repeat a short phrase by ear. Additionally, we ask that you prepare the following in advance to sing at your audition:
One short solo piece of your choosing, in any language. This could be an art song, aria, hymn, or folk song – essentially, we want to hear your vocal quality and musicianship. An accompanist will be provided, and we strongly encourage you to sing a piece with accompaniment, but you may sing a cappella. The solo should be no more than two minutes in length; no repeats.
The following three excerpts from choral works, to be sung a cappella in a quartet with singers from Seattle Pro Musica. The excerpts as PDF files can be found at the links below, and they'll also be emailed to you in advance of your audition.
You don't need to sing from memory at the audition.
Will there be an accompanist at the auditions?
Yes, an accompanist will be provided for your audition; you may also elect to bring your own accompanist.
Who will hear my audition?
Artistic Director and Conductor Karen P. Thomas hears all auditions. In addition, a quartet of Seattle Pro Musica singers will be present to sing your prepared choral excerpts with you. A board member and/or membership committee representative will be there to greet you when you arrive and to answer any questions you may have about the choir.
For more information on audition requirements, check out http://www.seattlepromusica.org/auditions.
To book an audition time, email firstname.lastname@example.org