Auditions

SEASON 28 AUDITIONS
(2022-23)
We are delighted to resume in-person rehearsals and performances during Season 28!
We have already held auditions for Season 28. However, we do occasionally accept new singers during the year. For more information, please contact our Administrative Manager, Lily Hofer, at: lily.a.hofer@gmail.com
Please Note:
We request that Chorale members be up to date in their vaccines against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination.
Face coverings are optional and are welcome in our rehearsals. Members are free to choose and should do so with confidence in their personal choice.
As the Ensemble in Residence at Maryville, we follow Maryville policies which can be found here: https://www.maryville.edu/saintstrong/
 
Here’s a bit about us:

The Saint Louis Women’s Chorale is an auditioned, 40-voice, community chorus that enjoys a 28-year tradition of musical excellence.  Singers of diverse backgrounds and skills come together in community to share their love of singing and the restorative power of music. With a commitment to innovation and creativity, the Saint Louis Women’s Chorale commissions unique arrangements and works which often feature women composers and poets. While keeping classical music at its core, the Chorale performs many other types of music—jazz, folk, country, blues, gospel, rap, Latin—to bring unique experiences to audience members.

 

Known for its inclusion of many art forms, the Saint Louis Women’s Chorale gives performances that provide an experience for the senses. The Chorale collaborates with professional dancers, painters, poets and instrumentalists to create fresh, exciting performances: where innovation joins tradition. As the Ensemble-in-Residence at Maryville University, the Chorale introduces younger women to mentoring, leadership and performing opportunities.  And with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Saint Louis Women’s Chorale affirms the worth and dignity of all people and strives to harness the power of music and exceptional performances to enrich and transform lives.

 

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:00 pm, in Huttig Chapel at Maryville University..

 

Membership in the Saint Louis Women’s Chorale is FREE! We are looking for women who love to sing and love lifting their voices in community.

 
About the auditions:

For volunteer (unpaid) membership in the Chorale, new singers will be asked to:

  • Sing one a cappella solo (a hymn, art song, folk song, or aria); the solo does not need to be memorized

  • Sing scales to determine range

  • Repeat simple melodic patterns to determine tonal memory skills

  • Sight-read to determine music reading skills (but remember, absolutely no experience reading music is required!)

For a paid, Principal Artist position in the Chorale, applicants will be asked to:

  • Sing two songs from memory in contrasting styles. One song must be in a foreign language. The other song must be in English. Audition songs must be arias, art songs, folk songs, hymn arrangements or spirituals – no “pop” songs. An accompanist will be provided for the audition.

  • Sight-read

  • Sing tonal memory exercises 

  • Sing scales (to demonstrate range)

 

Please note:

  • Principal Artists are auditioned, paid positions awarded to women who have a degree in music and are pursuing a career in music.

  • Principal Artists act as Section Leaders for the Chorale and have the opportunity to sing solos at concerts and events.

Frequently asked questions:
  • When and where are rehearsals? 

Rehearsals are every Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 pm, in Huttig Chapel at Maryville University

- Our first rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 6:30-9:00 pm

- Our last concert will be Friday, April 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

  • When and where are performances?

Season 28 "Brushstrokes"

  • "Brushstrokes: A Canvas of Sound"

    • a collaboration with artist Dionna Raedeke at Kirkwood United Methodist Church

      • Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, November 12, 3:00-5:00pm

      • Concert: Sunday, November 13, 3 pm (1:30 pm Call)​

  • "Brushstrokes: A Christmas Collage"

    • a collaboration with Community Gospel Choir and Legend Singers at Kirkwood United Methodist Church

      • Dress Rehearsal: TBA

      • Concert: Saturday, December 3, 7 pm (5:30 call, subject to change)

  • "Brushstrokes: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci"

    • a collaboration with the St. Louis Philharmonic at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (Chaminade)

      • Dress Rehearsals (times subject to change):

        • Wednesday, April 26, 7:30-9:00 pm

        • Thursday, April 27, 8:30-10:00 pm

      • Concert: Friday, April 28, 7:30 (call time TBA)

  • Benefit Concert for Gratitude House

    • Kirkwood United Methodist Church

      • Sunday, February 12, 3 pm​

  • Concert - Legend Singers Arican American Spirituals Festival

    • Saturday, February 18, 3 pm​

  • What would be my financial obligations?

We do not charge dues to sing in the Chorale. Consequently, every member is asked to promote our concerts and sell tickets to our events. Singers may also be asked to volunteer their talents, skills, and resources to support the Chorale. Participation in this manner is voluntary but always appreciated! We use black folders during performances which singers have to supply or purchase themselves. Our concert attire is usually all black; we do not require singers to purchase a specific dress or outfit. ​

To inquire about paid positions or to schedule an audition, please contact the

Administrative Manager, Lily Hofer, at lily.a.hofer@gmail.com

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