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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.

Upcoming audition dates for the 2016-2017 season are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 7, at University School (Shaker Heights campus): 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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The Children’s Choruses rehearse on Monday nights. Their season begins in September 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.

Spring audition dates for the 2016-2017 season have now passed.  However interested students are still encouraged to complete and submit an audition request form, as audition dates are frequently added in the late summer and early fall.

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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

The final audition date for the 2016-2017 Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will be held on Thursday, August 25.  Prospective members must have previous choral experience and be able to sight-read music.  Those auditioning are asked to prepare two pieces from the classical literature, each approximately two minutes in length, at least one of which should be in a foreign language.  An accompanist is provided for the audition.

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The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus season will begin on September 18 and will run through 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 rehearsals, in addition to all scheduled concerts. For more information about the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, please email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.

Blossom Festival Chorus

Auditions for the 2016 Blossom Festival Chorus are closed. Please check back in the spring for 2017 audition dates.

Prospective members must have previous choral experience and be able to sight-read music. Those auditioning are typically asked to prepare two pieces from the classical literature, at least one of which should be in a foreign language.  Each piece should be approximately two minutes in length. An accompanist is provided for the audition.

Blossom Festival Chorus members are also invited to sing with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for Christmas concerts in December.  For more information about the Blossom Festival Chorus, please email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com.