Boulder Chorale Auditions for the 2018-19 Season
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Do you like to sing? Can you read music and stay in tune? Do you want to join your voice with 115 others and feel the power of a large adult chorus? Then the Boulder Chorale may be the right place for you!
The Boulder Chorale rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. The Chamber Singers rehearses from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please view these pages for more information:
- About the Boulder Chorale
- 2018-19 Performance Schedule
- Music, Dues & Registration
- Concert Dress Information
Auditions took place in August 2018. New singers will be invited to attend our “New Member Orientation” tentatively scheduled for September 11, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled audition times, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 554-7692. If you have scheduled an audition and need to cancel, reschedule, or require further information, please contact us at email@example.com or (303) 554-7692.
The Audition Process
Auditions are held to determine the section to which a singer belongs (soprano, alto, tenor, bass – no new female tenors will be accepted, ladies – join the altos, please!), the quality and range of your voice, your basic sight singing ability and rhythmic skill, your facility with foreign language pronunciation, and your interest in singing a wide variety of music.
Please arrive at Atonement Lutheran Church (685 Inca Parkway) 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time. Enter through the double doors on the west side of the building. You will be greeted by a current singer in the Chorale who will ask you to fill out a form with your choral background, what instruments you play (it’s not necessary to play an instrument, but it may be useful to you), and whether or not you have sung solos (also not necessary, but good for us to know!).
The greeter will let you know when it’s time for your audition and will introduce you to Artistic Director Dr. Vicki Burrichter. She may ask further questions about your choral or solo background to determine your level of openness to different repertoire and ways of singing, because the Chorale sings everything from Beethoven to bluegrass, flamenco to Renaissance polyphony. Dr. Vicki will vocalize you up and down your range to determine and may ask you to sing a short phrase back to her on “la,” making it softer and louder to determine your level of control. She will ask you to sight sing a simple hymn. Singers must be able to read basic music because the Chorale learns a lot of music quite quickly and practice recordings are not always available. She may ask you to clap some rhythms, read a separate rhythmic passage, or repeat some foreign language.
Please be prepared to sing something a cappella, in a style you like to sing. It should only be a short chorus of something, NOT a full song, please. It should show off your voice and a little of what your presentation would look like if you were a soloist. You do not need to memorize the song. You may not be required to sing this piece if time runs short or Dr. Vicki has heard what she needs. Don’t take it personally if you are not asked to sing the a cappella song, it does not necessarily mean you did not pass the audition.
Chamber singer auditions are simply more extensive versions of the Chorale auditions. An a cappella song is required for chamber auditions.
You will be notified within two to three days if you are invited to join the Chorale.