Berkshire Choral International

Sing With an Auditioned Chorus at Seiji Ozawa Hall!

Berkshire Choral International is planning a special program for the summer of 2020. Because of the difficulty of these kinds of programs, and the limited enrollment these weeks entail, we need to be able to evaluate the voices and skills of those who wish to participate in such repertoire. Choristers who auditioned successfully for the Saratoga Springs 2018 week do not need to audition again.

If you attend a 2019 singing week, you may audition in person during your week of attendance. Alternatively, you may send a MP3 file. The deadline is 10/1/19, but we will accept auditions until all voice parts are filled. MP3s may be e-mailed to ljacquier@berkshirechoral.org. Registration will take place after one is accepted. Any questions about the audition itself should be addressed to fnemhauser@berkshirechoral.org. 

Instructions for audition
 

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND COMPLETE ALL PARTS (A-D)

Part A. Sing a song or aria of your choice, accompanied or unaccompanied. It cannot be a hymn or a choral line from a choral work. Announce the title and composer of your song. If you are auditioning live, an accompanist will be provided. You must bring a copy of the music for the accompanist as well as yourself. You must sing it in the key in which it is written as our accompanists will not transpose. Your music does not have to be memorized.

Part B. Sing “Simple Gifts,” a cappella, in the key given for each voice part and announce for which voice part you are auditioning. Voice parts listed below.

Soprano 1/Tenor 1

Soprano 2/Tenor 2

Alto 1/Bass 1

Alto 2/Bass 2

Part C. Sing Exercise #1 on “ah,” beginning in the middle of your range and at the tempo indicated. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step higher, with no additional reference pitches until you have reached the upper limit of your useful range. Announce at the beginning in what key you are starting.

Part D. Sing Exercise #2 on whatever vowel you wish, beginning in the middle of your range, at the tempo indicated. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step lower, with no additional reference pitches until you have reached the lower limit of your useful range. Announce at the beginning in what key you are starting.

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