Singers are responsible for preparing notes, rhythms, and text independently on their own at home before the first rehearsal. Rep for each project is selected and announced far enough in advance to allow plenty of time for this to happen, but we're looking for singers who are comfortable operating at this level.
We form different sized groupings for different kinds of projects. Our projects have ranged from a 5-voice one-on-a-part ensemble for Renaissance madrigals to a 33-voice chamber choir. Each project grouping requires a set of beautiful voices which will balance and blend well with one another to produce a cohesive ensemble sound, attached to a set of musical brains with high levels of independence, sight-singing skills, and musical sensitivity.
The primary repertoire focus for the group is music that is *unaccompanied* and *unamplified*. This can encompass everything from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony through Romantic partsongs and contemporary compositions, including non-classical and non-Western pieces. The goal is to explore a wide variety of appropriate repertoire that is challenging enough to be rewarding while also able to be polished and performed well within the singers' available practice and rehearsal time.
If you are interested in participating, please complete this questionnaire to share some information about yourself with us and then we'll get in touch with you to arrange a hearing.
Audition requirements: No prepared piece is needed. We will vocalize you to determine the extent of your comfortable range, do some aural skills exercises, and then a good bit of sight-singing, both of abstract patterns as well as passages from Bach and Palestrina.
Feel free to forward a link to this questionnaire to anyone who might be interested and ready. Looking forward to hearing you!
William CulverhouseArtistic Director Southern Tier Singers' Collective