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2015-16 Season Auditions Set

Annual auditions for new singers who wish to sing with the Santa Barbara Choral Society have been set for August 22 and 23, 2014. Read more here about opportunities to sing and how to apply to audition to sing in our 69th Season.

As many of our singers will attest, singing with SBCS is one of the best gifts you can give your adult self. Being bathed every Wednesday night in the energy generated by the sound waves of 100 people singing at once is an incomparably uplifting and healthful experience. There’s nothing like that wall of sound. Couple that with the thrill of performing on Santa Barbara’s premier stages–the Granada and the Lobero Theatre–and touring to sing in exciting and historic venues around the world and you more fully understand why singers come back year after year and, yes, submit to the audition process to do it.

Photo Carmina Burana performance

Santa Barbara Choral Society and State Street Ballet perform Carmina Burana

Next season promises to be an exciting one…Carmina Burana is back!

Our 68th Season begins in October with a 50th Anniversary performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, coupled with Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA staged at The Granada, in collaboration with Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet! Then in December our popular Hallelujah Project family holiday concert returns for the third year to the historic Lobero Theatre. In March 2016, the chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah, Part I and less-often performed selections of Parts II and III, as a kick off to the beloved work’s 275th Anniversary year. (It was first performed in Dublin in April 1742.)  The final concert of the season, in May, will be A World of Song, featuring the collection of short pieces we will take on tour in June to Italy.  The Italy 2016 International Performance Tour will also include an orchestral repertoire for two concerts, which pairs Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and the Mozart Requiem.  A special bonus: Dr. Lauridsen will accompany us on tour!

How to Audition

Annual auditions, arranged by appointment, are handled individually, privately or semi-privately, for new singers and in groups of usually 3 to 5, in seasons thereafter. And though you don’t have to be a professionally trained musician, you must be a solid singer with some choral singing experience, even if long dormant. The auditions involve singing scales to determine your range and voice quality, a short bit of sight reading, and demonstrating an understanding of rhythm and musical notation. As auditions go, Artistic Director and Conductor JoAnne Wasserman makes them as unthreatening and nurturing as they can possibly be.

Tenors are always in great demand (as is the case for almost all adult choruses) but strong singers in all voice parts are welcome. Additionally, there are paid section leader positions available, by special audition, to professional singers or those degreed in music, especially vocal performance.

Come join us! You’ll be glad you did!  Email us at auditions@sbchoral.org for more information.

SBCS Performing Porgy and Bess with SB Symphony 2015 at Granada.

SBCS Performing Porgy and Bess with SB Symphony 2015 at Granada.