Chattanoooga Bach Choir and Orchestra Delighting audiences with Classical and Baroque choral music since 1985

Auditions for new singers

Auditions for new singers, both Volunteer and Professional are being held the afternoons of July 21-22 and 28-29, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Send an email to David Long for more information and to reserve an audition time.

If you are considering auditioning, please read our singer handbook.

Volunteer Chorus Audition Requirements:
We welcome and encourage volunteer singers to audition for the Chattanooga Bach Choir. We are interested in the ability of each singer to keep vibrato under control at all volume levels, especially higher voices.

1. A sostenuto, piano-accompanied aria of your choice, OR a hymn (preferably a hymn arr. by Bach, in English or German). Please provide a copy for the accompanist. The purpose of this is to hear your voice with music in which you are very comfortable and will demonstrate the quality and tone of your voice.

2. Your voice part to “And He Shall Purify” from Handel’s Messiah. The purpose of this is to determine your flexibility at a fast tempo. Please sing as close to quarter note = 108 as you can.

3. Exercise #4 “Sigh the Tone” (first half only) from the book Sing Legato. Contact us if you need assistance in securing the music. We will also vocalize you for upper/lower range.

4. Please be prepared to sing minor/major seconds and thirds, and perfect 4th’s and 5th’s.

5. Sight read a chorale and rhythmic exercise.

The Repertoire for the 2017-18 season includes music for multiple choirs (including Tallis, Allegri, Schütz, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Whitacre), Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil and Bach’s Mass in B minor. People who are selected to sing in the Bach Choir have the option to sing in the cantata series (in whole or in part) as well. Substitute/extra singers are also chosen and are often invited to sing in larger Masterworks.

Professional Choristers Audition Requirements:
The Chattanooga Bach Choir sets the highest artistic standards for members of its professional/volunteer choir. Auditions for professional choir members can be done in person (bring a copy for the accompanist) or electronically.

1. Candidates are asked to prepare an aria by J.S. Bach.

2. Your voice part to the “cum sancto spiritu” fugue from the Bach Mass in B Minor (mm. 37-63, Bärenreiter measure numbering), with accompaniment. The purpose of this exercise is to determine your flexibility at a very fast tempo. Please sing the passage as close to quarter note = 112 as you can. All sopranos should do soprano 1.

3. Please submit a resume.

Please send audition links and resume to davidlong641@gmail.com.

If you wish to submit via US mail:
Chattanooga Bach Choir
[specify voice type] Auditions
P.O. Box 80576
Chattanooga, TN 37411

The Chattanooga Bach Choir also accepts audition materials from soloists on an ongoing basis. Candidates are asked to prepare two arias, one of which must be by J.S. Bach, and submit a resume. Please use the same addresses listed above, email or US mail.

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