Auditions

Choralis Auditions

Choralis schedules new member auditions on specific dates several times a year.  Auditions for the 2017-18 season will be held in May, June, August, and September at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, Falls Church, VA.   (The specific audition dates will be announced in this space and on the website homepage by May 1st.)

It also is possible for an audition to be arranged at other times of the year upon request, depending on need and where we are in the concert preparation cycle.  Inquiries about auditions should be sent to: auditions@choralis.org.

Audition Process

A Choralis audition has five parts.

  1. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choral singing background with the artistic staff.
  2. You will perform a solo (aria, art song, hymn, or your voice part from a choral piece). You will need to bring three copies of your music – one for yourself, one for the artistic staff, and one for the accompanist.
  3. You will be asked to sing scales so that your vocal range can be determined.
  4. You will complete a tonal exercise.
  5. You will be asked to sight-read a short section of music.

Auditioners are notified of the result within five days.

Additional Information for Auditioners

  • Choralis rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.
  • Most rehearsals are held at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA.  There is ample free parking in church lots, and the church is about a 20 minute walk from the East Falls Church Metro stop.
  • Dues are $325 for the season and are not pro-rated for partial-year membership.
  • Singers also must pay for music, which generally costs between $60 and $90 per season. There also is required concert attire.
  • Singers also are expected to volunteer for one of the many tasks required for a Choralis season, such as labeling promotional mailings, grant writing, helping with stage set-up, etc.

High School Scholarship Singer Auditions

Auditions for admittance to the High School Scholarship Singers Program are offered in May and August and at other times on a space-available basis.  Please send an email to info@choralis.org to let us know you are interested in the HSSS Program and we will send information about audition availability.

Cantus Youth Choir Auditions

Auditions are by appointment and generally take place in May-June and August-September for all performing ensembles. Auditions also may be made available at other times during the year by special arrangement. Please email youth@choralis.org to find out when the next auditions are being held and to be sent a link to an audition scheduling website at the appropriate time.

Audition Process

Singers will be asked to perform the following, with appropriate adjustments for the youngest age groups:

    • scales, to determine their range
    • Happy Birthday (sung a cappella)
    • Row, Row, Row Your Boat, as a round with the judges
    • a simple sight-reading example
    • repeat back short rhythm and melody patterns after hearing them just once

Additional Information for Auditioners

  • Cantus Youth Choirs rehearse on Tuesdays at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA  (ample free parking)
  • Tuition varies by ensemble and includes the cost of music
  • Uniforms also must be purchased
    Contact us:

  1. The Choralis Foundation
    PO Box 6012
    Falls Church, VA  22040
    (703) 237-2499 (t)
    Email: info@choralis.org