Auditions

Choralis Auditions

Choralis schedules new member auditions on specific dates several times a year.  The next audition date is September 5, 2017 and additional audition dates in September may be announced.

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.
  • Rehearsals are held at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA
  • Dues are $350 for the season and are not pro-rated for partial-year membership.
  • Singers also must pay for music, which generally costs between $50 and $80 per season. There also is required concert attire.
  • Singers 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 Singing Scholars Auditions

Auditions for admittance to the High School Singing Scholars (HSSS) program are offered in June and August and at other times on a space-available basis. Please send an email to auditions@choralis.org to let us know you are interested in the HSSS Program and we will send information about audition availability.

Cantus Choral Scholars Program Auditions

CCSP auditions are by appointment and generally take place in May-June and August-September.  Auditions also may be made available at other times during the year by special arrangement. Please email auditions@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:

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

 

Additional Information for Auditioners

  • Cantus Choral Scholars meet/rehearse on Tuesdays at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA
  • There is an annual tuition charge that is based on a sliding fee scale, and an annual music fee (see Education page)
  • Uniform concert attire (black slacks, white top) must be purchased
  • Financial assistance with music and concert attire expenses may be available
    Contact us:

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