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Audition to Sing with the Chorus

Santa Barbara Choral Society

Imagine the thrill you will feel, singing on the stage of the Granada to a house full of eager supporters, facing the conductor–whether the Choral Society’s own Music Director, JoAnne Wasserman, or perhaps Santa Barbara Symphony Conductor, Nir Kabaretti. Imagine being a part of yearly performances with other local arts organizations, such as State Street Ballet, singing Carmina Burana or a set of Beatles love songs.

You can be a part of all of this excitement ~ the thrill of top rate performances ~ here in beautiful Santa Barbara in two of the most magnificent houses in the world, the newly renovated Lobero Theater and fabulous Granada Theater.

You can audition to sing with our chorus.


SBCS is holding auditions for new singers for the 2013-14 Season by appointment on Saturday, August 17, 2013 and Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito.

Audition Details:

The Santa Barbara Choral Society is a fully-auditioned chorus of non-professional, semi-professional and professional voices drawn from the Santa Barbara area from Santa Ynez to Thousand Oaks. Auditions for the Santa Barbara Choral Society are held annually prior to the start of the fall season.

Experienced singers interested in joining this highly-acclaimed 100-voice chorus for its 2013-14 Season, are encouraged to schedule an audition now by contacting SBCS Audition Secretary Ann Fryer at: auditions@sbchoral.org. Auditions will be held for all voice parts. A limited number of paid section leader positions may be available.

This fall the Choral Society marks its 66th year of consecutive performance and the 21st year under the baton of Music Director JoAnne Wasserman, who recently announced the repertoire for the season, including:

  • November 10 – participation in a Veterans’ Day concert November 10
  • December 2013 – annual Holiday concert at the Lobero
  • March 2014 Masterworks at the Lobero, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s Midwinter Songs and other works and a special tribute to the composer (with Mr. Lauidsen in attendance)
  • April 2014 – a Verdi Tribute  with the Santa Barbara Symphony at the Granada
  • May 2014 – Choral Exchange event wraps the season up with a masterclass seminar and concert with UC Berkeley Alumni Choir, under the guest baton of acclaimed St. Olaf’s College Choir conductor, Anton Armstrong.

Weekly rehearsals take place at the Music Academy’s Lehmann Hall on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Singers who are interested in auditioning but can’t be at the August 18 audition should contact auditions@sbchoral.org to arrange another date.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Place: Music Academy of the West
Membership Dues per Season: $225* (subject to adjustment for the 2013-14 season)

Concert attire: white tie and tails ensemble for the men; SBCS concert dress for women, provided by singer.

Occasional additional rehearsals may be scheduled, and sectional rehearsals will also be offered when needed.

Paid section leader positions are available when vacant, with contracts negotiated by the Music Director. If you are interested in applying for a section leader position, please e-mail your resume to: info@sbchoral.org and/or mention your interest when arranging your audition.