Singers will be required to do the following during the audition:
Sing all or part of one solo of your choice (we may not hear your complete solo based on the number of auditions). A pianist will be provided for all auditions and singers should provide a CLEAN copy of their music
Demonstrate your vocal range through guided vocalization
Perform tonal memory examples
Sight sing one or two short examples
To request an audition, please send an email to . In your message, please include all of the following information (you can also call us at 858-581-2203 for specific information):
Please read this summary of the obligations of membership.
Minimum Age: 18
The musical success of the organization depends upon your dedication to the ensemble and sense of workmanship with the scores. When a singer accepts an offer of Chorale membership, it implies a desire to collaborate with the musical staff and fellow singers in the spirit of cooperation necessary to meet the standards set by the Music Director, professional orchestras, and conductors with whom the SDMC often joins forces. Understanding that personal and professional lives pull us in many directions, we rely on singers to make their best effort to sing all performances in the concert season.
In addition to your initial audition, all members of the Chorale are re-auditioned on a regular basis, generally every two years. An individual may also be asked to re-audition if he or she misses one or more entire concert sets.
Weekly rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. Twice a year we have an all-day retreat. Retreats are not considered optional. There will be additional rehearsals during the week preceding each concert, and sectional rehearsals may be scheduled, as needed. It is important that you arrive promptly to all rehearsals and performances.
The maximum number of rehearsals you are allowed to miss for any concert set is two and rehearsals on concert week are mandatory. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Music Director, but only if you notify him in well in advance. Please note the concert schedule for this season as described below. Check your calendar and report any conflicts affecting performances or concert week rehearsals to the Music Director before accepting his membership offer.
Practicing difficult or assigned passages between rehearsals is an essential duty of all singers. The Music Director may assign Musical Checkpoints and evaluate your individual preparedness on assigned portions of the score.
We have two sets of concert attire, one for formal concerts and another for informal concerts. For formal concerts, women must purchase and wear our regulation black dress and black jacket, both made by the Chorale dressmaker. Men wear a single-breasted black tuxedo, white formal shirt with no ruffles, and black bow tie, black cummerbund or black vest. We use ‘the black folder’ or similar for all performances. Music is provided free of charge.
Singers are required to make a financial donation to the Chorale each year. We will accommodate any singer for whom this is a financial hardship. Singers are encouraged to purchase or sell tickets to each Chorale performance and to promote all Chorale-sponsored activities.
We wish you success in your audition and look forward to meeting you and to making beautiful music together!