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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 2, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at TBD location
  • Saturday, June 9, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at TBD location

       CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN AUDITION FORM 

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:

  • Saturday, May 26, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at TBD location
  • Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at TBD location

       CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN AUDITION FORM 

The Youth Chorus rehearses on Sunday afternoons. Its season runs from September to 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 have concluded for the 2018-2019 Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Festival Choruses.

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 season typically begins in late August and runs 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 current season for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will include performances of major works by Mahler, Handel, Busoni, and Schubert, with additional performances in Miami and Naples, Florida. The COC rehearses at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. Only concert week rehearsals and performances take place at Severance Hall.

The Blossom Festival Chorus includes many members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and other Northeast Ohio choral groups. It has established itself as a beloved part of the annual summer Blossom Festival and has sung over 150 concerts since its 1968 debut.

The Blossom Festival Chorus performs each summer at Blossom Music Center, and occassionally at Severance Hall. The chorus typically rehearses two to three evenings per week, dependant upon the concert schedule, in Beachwood. Blossom Festival Chorus members are also invited to sing with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for Christmas concerts in December. 

Auditions for both the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus are held each spring, typically in May. Click the link below to add your name to our audition notification list.

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

MLK Community Chorus

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is a volunteer community chorus assembled each year since 1989 to sing as part of The Cleveland Orchestra's annual MLK Celebration Concert.  Bringing together singers from across Northeast Ohio, the Chorus lifts its collective voices in affirmation of Dr. King's vision of justice, peace, and human harmony.  First assembled by Alvin Parris, the Chorus has been prepared and assembled by William Henry Caldwell for the past decade.

Membership each year in the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is open to singers from throughout Northeast Ohio, with a requirement to attend all rehearsals in January.

Registration for the 2019 MLK Celebration Chorus is open! Fill out the registration form below to reserve your spot. 

Register for the MLK Chorus

MLK Chorus Info and Dates