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Sing With Us


Here’s why:

You’ll be a part of Santa Barbara’s longest running adult chorus (founded in 1948) made up of 75+ passionate amateur and professional singers from diverse backgrounds, accepted annually by audition.

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

You’ll be eligible to tour with the chorus to exciting international locations.  Recent tours have included Prague-Vienna-Budapest; Bavaria and Italy, including singing mass at the Vatican; all across Spain; and a second trip to Italy (Naples, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Lecco) to sing works of famed choral composer Morten Lauridsen in the company of the great composer himself!

During the season (normally September through May, but this year starting in August) we rehearse each Wednesday evening from 7-9:30pm in Lehmann Hall at the Music Academy of the West.

How to Apply

Regularly scheduled auditions are held in July and August, by appointment. This year, they will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 and Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Goleta. Interested singers should email: auditions@sbchoral.org or call the Choral Society Office: 805-965-6577 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 general basic music understanding. Please click on the application link below in the category that best applies to you.

Here are the categories in which singers may apply to join the Choral Society:

  • 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 chorus and are eligible to sing in all concerts designated for “full chorus,” vote in all elections, and be part of the planning and execution of concerts and events, including tours, to the extent desired. Payment options and dues scholarships (see below) are available to those who pass auditions for whom the dues contribution would create financial hardship. Please contact auditions@sbchoral.org for application information for Regular Membership.

  • Scholarship Singer Membership:

    Open to high school students 16 and up, who are recommended for audition by their high school choral directors and pass the Conductor’s audition, or any adult singer qualified by the Conductor’s audition who might be unable to pay the annual membership donation may apply. The annual membership dues  donation is subsidized in whole or in part through our Singer Scholarship Program. Dues for all student Scholarship Singers is paid automatically by the Singer Scholarship program; adults who apply are handled on a case-by-case basis.  For application information for the Singer Scholarship program, please contact us at auditions@sbchoral.org

  • Professional Singers:

    The chorus is comprised mainly of volunteer singers, plus a small core of professional singers, who are employed by the Choral Society to lead and mentor their voice sections throughout the season.  Section leader positions are filled annually in August in all voice parts by private audition with the Conductor.  These paid, professional singers who constitute our Music Staff do not have a vote in elections. For more information on singing with the Choral Society as a professional singer, please submit a resume along with an email requesting consideration to auditions@sbchoral.org, (Attn: Artistic Committee Chair).

  • Adjunct Professionals:

    On occasion, expansion of the chorus for a particular work may prompt the need for additional strong voices (professional singers) in some or all voice parts.  These singers typically join in the rehearsal cycle for a given concert, complete the concert cycle alongside the regular membership, then depart. They do not have a vote in elections.  Please direct your request to become an Adjunct Professional to auditions@sbchoral.org (Attn: Artistic Committee Chair).