Handel Choir Auditions
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We are accepting audition requests for tenor and bass community singers for the 2013-2014 season on a rolling basis. We are no longer accepting audition requests for soprano and alto community singers for the 2013-2014 season.
Contact us at 410.366.6544 or email to schedule an audition.
Handel Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 45-50 singers who rehearse on Monday evenings September through May in northern Baltimore. We perform choral-orchestral music with guest professional vocal soloists and professional orchestras of period or modern instruments, depending on the repertory. We also sing a cappella vocal music from all style periods. Our repertory is wide ranging, including baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music. The Chandos Singers is a 16-24 voice chamber chorus drawn from the larger choir. Contact us if you would like to sing: or call 410.366.6544.
What should I expect in an audition?
Singers audition individually with the Artistic Director. You should prepare a song or aria that effectively demonstrates your vocal and musical ability—a folk song, hymn, patriotic song or aria are all fine. Singers will also be asked to sing vocal exercises as demonstrated, to further assess voice category and color, and will sight-read a relatively simple melody and rhythm to demonstrate musicianship skills. Prior instrumental and/or vocal solo or ensemble experience is strongly recommended. Your audition will last approximately ten minutes.
What is the rehearsal schedule?
Handel Choir rehearses Monday nights from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m., periodic Tuesday sectionals (two per concert period), and mandatory working and dress choral-orchestral rehearsals during the two weeks prior to a subscription concert. In addition to our subscription concert performances, there are several performances in the community. Choir members are expected to sing in all scheduled appearances. In each of the subscription concert periods (September-December for Messiah and January-the last concert) a maximum of two absences is permitted. Singers are expected to work on their music individually in between rehearsals, preparing assigned passages and reviewing music that proved challenging during prior rehearsals.
When do rehearsals begin?
Rehearsals for the 2013-2014 season began Monday Sept. 9, 2013. Contact the Choir office for the year's calendar at 410.366.6544.
Who sings in Handel Choir?
Our singers have a wide range of musical backgrounds; several are professional musicians. The age range of singers spans 20s to early 60s, and we come from the Baltimore/DC/PA and Western MD areas. Handel Choir is a friendly group, and we're encouraged to get to know each other as friends as well as musicians.
Dues and music?
Annual membership dues of $170 are collected at the start of the season. Financial aid is available to ensure that all qualified singers are able to participate. Vocal scores for the season are available to members to purchase at cost. Members are welcome to use scores from their own collection provided the editions are the same. Black music folders are required for concerts; a limited number are available for purchase.
What does Handel Choir wear?
Members are responsible for providing their own concert attire. Men wear a black dinner jacket (tuxedo) with white shirt, black bow tie, black pants, black socks and black dress shoes. Women wear a long sleeved black top, floor length black skirt (hem 1/2 to 1 inch from floor) or dressy, loose fitting black pants, black hosiery and black dress shoes.
Members are asked to support Handel Choir through participation on committees and by working on special projects. Each member is strongly encouraged to support Handel Choir through publicizing concerts and events among friends, family and associates, and by purchasing and encouraging the sale of tickets for subscription concerts.
Video: Meet the singers! (Spring 2012)
Photos by Will Kirk and John LaCosta