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Sing With Us

If You Love To Sing, Come Join Us!

 

Become part of Santa Barbara’s longest running adult chorus made up of about 80 passionate volunteer and professional singers, accepted annually by audition.

Enjoy studying and singing great choral masterworks and diverse modern works, and experience the thrill of performing with an orchestra to appreciative audiences in grand venues such as the Lobero Theatre, the Granada Theatre, and Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West, in collaboration with great companies such as the Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet.

As a Choral Society member you’ll be eligible join the chorus on our international tours. Recent tour stops have included Prague-Vienna-Budapest; Bavaria and Italy, including singing mass at the Vatican (!); multiple venues in Spain; and a second trip to Italy where we sang the works of famed choral composer Morten Lauridsen in the company of the great composer himself!

During the season we rehearse from 7:00pm – 9:30pm every Wednesday evening in Lehmann Hall at the Music Academy of the West.

 

How to Apply

Regularly scheduled auditions are normally held in August, by appointment. This year, auditions are ongoing, and can be scheduled on Wednesday evenings following rehearsal. Interested singers should email: auditions@sbchoral.org to schedule an audition. Paid singer positions are currently open in all voice parts.

All singers must audition with the Conductor initially and annually. Audition requirements include evaluation of pitch, scale singing, multi-part singing, sight reading for notes and rhythm, and basic music understanding.

 

Regular Membership

Anyone 18 years of age or older may audition to join as a regular member. Once accepted for the season, members make an annual tax-deductible donation of $250 to the Santa Barbara Choral Society, and are eligible to sing in all concerts designated for “full chorus,” vote in all elections, and volunteer to assist with the planning and execution of concerts and events, including the international tours. Payment options and dues scholarships (see below) are available to eligible singers for whom the dues contribution would create financial hardship. Please contact auditions@sbchoral.org for application information for Regular Membership.

 

Professional Singers

The chorus primarily comprises volunteer singers, with a small core of professional singers, who are employed by the Choral Society as Section Leaders for their voice parts throughout the season. Section Leader positions are filled annually in all voice parts by private audition with the Conductor. These professional singers constitute our Music Staff, and do not have a vote in elections. For more information on auditioning for a paid Section Leader position, please submit a resume via email to auditions@sbchoral.org (Attn: Artistic Committee Chair).

 

Adjunct Professionals

On occasion, additional professional singers are needed for a particular work in some or all voice parts. These singers typically attend the concert rehearsals for a given concert, and sing in the performances. Please direct your request to become an Adjunct Professional to auditions@sbchoral.org (Attn: Artistic Committee Chair).

THE CHORAL SOCIETY

Individual donations make up more than 50% of our budget. Your generous support keeps the song alive.