The Nashville Symphony Chorus, fresh off a 50th anniversary season that included a number of high-profile performances in Music City and a guest appearance at Cincinnati’s renowned May Festival, will be holding its next round of new member auditions in August for individuals interested in joining the ensemble.
The all-volunteer Chorus, which was formed in 1963, is comprised of more than 200 singers representing every part of Middle Tennessee community. Auditions will be held at Schermerhorn Symphony Center August 16-17 under the direction of Nashville Symphony Chorus director Kelly Corcoran.
Candidates should prepare a solo selection (art song, solo from an oratorio, etc.) no longer than three minutes in length, which they will sing alone with piano accompaniment, and each singer may be asked to sight-read and/or perform an aural recall exercise. Singers will be graded on pitch, accuracy and intonation; rhythmic accuracy; dynamic control, phrasing, expressiveness and style; diction and vowel production; and tone quality, resonance, freedom and control. Vocal range and volume are less important in auditions than accuracy, musicality and tonal consistency.
If chosen, individuals must have flexibility in their schedules to attend Chorus rehearsals, which are held every Monday night between 7 and 9:30 p.m. from August through June. Additional rehearsals are scheduled depending on the concert schedule.
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