January 2018 Auditions

Want to join Calliope? Our next auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. An online signup is coming soon. Until then, here’s what to know about the process.

Calliope is an inclusive SSAA choir that has members with a range of musical abilities. You don’t need to be able to read music to join. However, we do require a low-pressure audition. Our auditions are held at Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul.

Here’s what to know before you sign up for an audition:
1. Each audition slot is 15 minutes long.
2. Arrive 10 minutes early.
3. Please prepare a short solo song approximately 1 to 3 minutes in length to perform. You are encouraged to bring a prepared piece with accompaniment (with a copy of music for our accompanist), but are welcome to sing a selection a capella if you prefer. This can be a song of any genre — we want you to sing something you’re comfortable with that showcases your voice.
4. The audition will also check vocal range, pitch matching, and aural recall.
5. You’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the choir.

Calliope member expectations:

Calliope rehearses every Thursday from September through May from 7 to 9 p.m., with a break in December for the winter holidays. Our rehearsal location is:

Macalester Plymouth United Church
1658 Lincoln Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Additionally, we have a couple Saturday retreats throughout the year and dress rehearsals before concerts. These dates would be provided to you in advance.

We love to have fun singing, but also want to deliver strong musical quality to our audiences. Members may miss no more than 3 rehearsals per concert season. Our year consists of two concert seasons: September – December and January – May. If you’re concerned about this, don’t worry! We’re happy to talk with you about your specific situation and see if something can be worked out.

There are additional (optional but highly encouraged) sectional rehearsals, which are coordinated by section leaders based on availability and necessity.

Email board@calliopewomenschorus.org with any questions about the audition process.

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