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Join the Chorus for its 2014-2015 season!
This year’s audition dates are:
During the audition, singers must prepare the following piece: O for the Wings of a Dove – Hear My Prayer by Felix Mendelssohn (download PDF)
Sopranos/Tenors: audition with all of the solo part of page 7 and the first line of page 8.
Altos/Basses: audition with your respective parts on all of pages 8-9.
For reference: a recording of the above work, starting at page 7. Hard copies of the music are also available at the Hart House Hub (7 Hart House Circle). As well, candidates may prepare a piece of their own choosing, though this is not necessary. The audition will also include a short sight-singing passage, as well as a three-note sing-back and a range check.
Auditions are held twice a year, at the beginning of fall and spring term in September and January, respectively. Every September, past and prospective members must (re)audition for the choir. Members accepted in September are, however, not expected to reaudition in the following January.
The chorus is open to all those with Hart House clubs membership. All current U of T students are automatically Hart House club members upon payment of student incidental fees. Further Hart House membership details can be found at harthouse.ca/about-us/membership
The audition will involve singing a choral excerpt, which you are expected to have practiced and prepared in advance of your audition (sheet music will be provided prior to and at your audition), and sight-singing a brief passage. You may also bring a prepared piece of your choice if you wish, although time may not allow for its performance in completion.
The audition music will be available in hard copy at the Hart House Hub (main desk) or in a downloadable PDF in September.
Acceptance decisions will be posted on the members page and emailed to auditioners by 12 noon on the first rehearsal date. Adjudicators will include our conductor, executive secretary, vice executive secretary, and assistant conductors. If you are not accepted this semester, please consider auditioning in January or September of next year.
All accepted members must pay a membership fee (which includes a music deposit refundable at the end of year upon receipt of intact sheet music) and participate in the choir’s mandatory rehearsals and concerts for the duration of the school year.
The Chorus rehearses most Mondays from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Great Hall at Hart House. Attendance is extremely important for the mutual enjoyment and musical coherence of our choir, and ourattendance policyreflects this.