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Auditions: Professional Ensemble

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Auditions (Professional Ensemble)

Chicago a cappella will be holding auditions for all voice parts in January 2019


The audition will consist of singing two contrasting selections. One of your prepared selections should be a classical aria or art song, and the other a decidedly non-classical selection. Together these should showcase your technical prowess and stylistic versatility. Off-book performance is preferred though not required. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music for the accompanist. Due to time constraints, we may not hear the entirety of both prepared pieces. You may also be asked to vocalize for range purposes and/or perform a short ear-training exercise.

To request an audition, e-mail a note of interest and resume, indicating your voice part, your preferred audition day, relevant experience, and highlights of ensemble and solo experience, to Rob Karel at rkarel@chicagoacappella.org. Requests from qualified applicants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Auditions take place:

* Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm in Oak Park

* Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm in Oak Park

Successful auditionees may be asked to attend section callbacks, held on April 23 and April 28.


The following musical skills are required from ensemble members:

Strong solo technique; technical ability to sing both fully-voiced (with healthy vibrato) and with no vibrato; strong sight-reading skills; minimum of 2 years singing at a professional level, with experience in Renaissance music, African-American spirituals, and contemporary music, as well as a strong ear for new styles that may be unfamiliar; expertise at holding a vocal line individually within a group; strong stage presence; ability to respond quickly to instruction in rehearsal; superb language skills (knowledge of IPA strongly preferred).


Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, Chicago a cappella is presenting its 25th anniversary season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller, with musical preparation by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and guest music directors. Known for creative programming and a personal connection to audiences, Chicago a cappella performs an annual series with concerts in October, December, February, and April. Each program is performed in Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, and Naperville, with occasional guest appearances in town or on tour. Current pay rates are $200 per performance for series concerts and $30/hour for rehearsals, with higher rates paid for tour and guest appearances. Typically our series concert programs each involve 8 rehearsals.