Auditions

We audition singers year-round. If you are a trained singer with strong music-reading skills and sense of pitch and are interested in auditioning for the New York City Master Chorale, please contact us at info@nycmasterchorale.org to set up an audition time.

 

What to Expect at your Audition
Auditions will be held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be 10 minutes long and will have three parts:

  1. The Artistic Director will lead you through a few vocal warm-ups
  2. You will sing a ~30 second excerpt that we will provide to you before the audition, giving you enough time to practice.
  3. You will sing a prepared song of your choice in any style, with or without accompaniment.

You will be notified of the outcome of the audition within one week of the audition.

 
Time Commitment
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Master Chorale will be meeting virtually every Wednesday from 7pm-9:30pm. During these meetings, our Artistic Director will conduct lessons in music theory, music history, and specific instruction on music for the new season. These lessons will last for about half of the meeting time, with the other half dedicated to sectional gatherings and other social building exercises.
 
Once the risk for COVID-19 has been deemed acceptably low, the Master Chorale will commence rehearsing in person and preparing for the season concerts. These rehearsals take place at a rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan.
 
Singers are expected to attend rehearsals in their entirety and attendance at dress rehearsals is mandatory. Participation in concerts is contingent upon rehearsal attendance. We recognize that business and family commitments may sometimes interfere with rehearsal attendance, at which time the singer should contact his/her section leader. Members who miss more than three rehearsals in a given concert rehearsal period will be required to meet with the Artistic Director to sing for and/or speak with her to determine if the singer is adequately prepared for the performance.
 
Singers are expected to sing in every scheduled performance unless an exception is granted by the Artistic Director.
 
Financial Commitment

Membership dues for the season are $175. Payment of dues is a condition for participation in performances with the Chorale. Singers may apply for an extended payment plan and a limited number of partial scholarships may also be available. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in volunteer activities benefiting the Chorale, as agreed upon with the Personnel Manager.

 
Additional fees apply for concert attire, scores, required tickets, and a black choral folder.