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Choruses

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 have been scheduled for May 20, June 5, and July 20.

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The Children’s Choruses rehearse on Monday nights, typically in Shaker Heights. 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.

Auditions are by appointment only and have been scheduled for June 2 and July 13.

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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 are now being scheduled for the 2019-2020 Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Festival Choruses. Auditions will be held by appointment only on May 4, 5, and 9.

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 on 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 will begin in September and 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 evening rehearsals, in addition to all scheduled concerts. The next season for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will include performances of major works by Adams, Mendelssohn, and Bach. The COC rehearses weekly 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 occasionally 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. 

Audition Requirements

All prospective members must have previous choral experience and be able to sight-read music. 

Prepared pieces must have piano accompaniment (no a cappella singing). An accompanist is provided for auditions.

For Blossom Festival Chorus:

  • Sing one solo prepared piece, approximately two minutes long. Repertoire may be art song, aria, or Broadway, and may be in any language.
  • Excerpt from Mozart Mass in C minor, which will be provided at time of scheduling.

For Cleveland Orchestra Chorus:

  • Sing two solo prepared pieces, each approximately two minutes long. Repertoire may be art song, aria, or Broadway, and one must be in a foreign language.
  • Excerpt from Mozart Mass in C minor, which will be provided at time of scheduling.

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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.

Thank you for your interest in the MLK Chorus! Registration for the 2020 MLK Chorus will be available in November 2019.