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Chorus Auditions

Cleveland Orchestra Children’s and Preparatory Choruses

The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus is open to boys and girls entering 6th-8th grade, while the Children’s Preparatory Chorus is open to 5th-8th graders.  Boys must have unchanged treble voices.

Auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus and Children’s Preparatory Chorus are held in late spring each year. For the audition, the child will sing one verse of “America” (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) with piano accompaniment in the key of his or her choice and one verse of “America the Beautiful” (Oh beautiful for spacious skies) without accompaniment in the key of D. Singing scales and rhythmic exercises may also be included in the audition, for which an accompanist is provided.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at University School, Shaker Heights
  • Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at University School, Shaker Heights

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The Children’s Choruses rehearse on Monday nights. Their season begins in August and runs through May. To learn more about the Children’s Choruses, please call 216-231-7374 or email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to audition for the Youth Chorus, as are 8th grade boys with changed voices.

Auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus are held in late spring each year.  Audition requirements are to prepare a piece from the OMEA Solo & Ensemble list, or an equivalent classical solo piece; Broadway or “pop” tunes are not acceptable. In addition to the prepared piece, students will be asked to sight read and demonstrate their vocal range. An accompanist is provided at the audition.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 5, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights
  • Sunday, May 21, 10 am to 6 pm at University School, Shaker Heights
  • Tuesday, May 30, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights

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The Youth Chorus rehearses on Sunday afternoons. Its season runs from late August to early May. For more information about the Youth Chorus, please call 216-231-7374 or email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus

Auditions are now being scheduled for the 2017-2018 Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Festival Choruses. Prospective members must have previous choral experience and be able to sight-read music.  Those auditioning are asked to prepare two pieces from classical literature, each approximately two minutes in length, at least one of which should be in a foreign language. Those auditioning for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will also be required to sing an excerpt from Haydn’s The Seasons. The excerpt will be sent with audition confirmation. An accompanist is provided for the audition.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 3, 3:00pm-8:00pm at Fairmount Temple, Beachwood
  • Friday, May 5, 5:00pm-8:00pm at First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights
  • Tuesday, May 30, 4:00pm-9:00pm at First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights
  • NEW DATE! Wednesday, May 31, 4:30pm-7:30pm at First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights

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The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is one of the few professionally trained, all-volunteer choruses sponsored by a major American orchestra.  Coming from nearly 50 Northeast Ohio communities, members of the COC perform with the orchestra in subscription and Christmas concerts at Severance Hall. Additionally, the Chorus has appeared with the orchestra on tour (both domestic and abroad), on television and in numerous recordings, four of which have won Grammy awards.

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will begin in late August and run until May. Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus are required to commit to rehearsals every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and frequent Sunday evening rehearsals, in addition to all scheduled concerts. The coming season for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will include performances of major works by Haydn, Janacek, Ravel, Wagner, and Beethoven, and a performance at Carnegie Hall. A detailed schedule will be available at auditions. The COC rehearses at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. Only concert week rehearsals and performances take place at Severance Hall.

Teachers! The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University, provides opportunities for graduate credits for non-degree seeking students for participating COC members.

The Blossom Festival Chorus includes many members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and other Northeast Ohio choral groups. It has since established itself as a permanent and beloved annual part of the summer Blossom Festival and has sung well over 100 concerts since its 1968 debut.

The Blossom Festival Chorus will perform on two concerts in the summer of 2017. The chorus will rehearse two to three evenings per week at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood.

  • Best of Broadway, July 16 at Blossom Music Center. Rehearsals to begin June 26.
  • Mozart’s Requiem, August 18 at Severance Hall. Rehearsals to begin July 24.

Blossom Festival Chorus members are also invited to sing with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for Christmas concerts in December. 

For more information about the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus or the Blossom Festival Chorus please email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

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