Auditions

The New Haven Oratorio Choir invites singers of all voice parts to audition for a position in the choir.  Our first scheduled rehearsal is September 6, 2017.

 

An audition consists of meeting with Artistic Director Daniel Shaw, doing some general vocalizing and performing a 1-2 minute unaccompanied selection of the singer's choice.  The actual song can be anything; it does not have to be a classical solo!  A Broadway song, a lullaby, a folksong, or a verse or two of a hymn -- whatever you like to sing. Dan will be checking your voice quality and range, and whether you stay in tune without accompaniment to support you.

 

Auditions are brief and quite informal, and do not involve sight-reading. 

 

Please contact Gretchen Pritchard at 203-624-2520 or membership@nhoratorio.org to arrange for an audition. 

 

 

Information About Membership

The New Haven Oratorio Choir performs a varied selection of sacred and secular classical music, including contemporary works.  The choir performs two main concerts per season, in December and May.

 

We ask for $100 membership dues per semester which go directly to support our basic expenses like rehearsal accompianist, rehearsal space, music and artistic director.  Discounts are available for students and those with other hardships such as unemployment. We also ask that members participate and volunteer in a couple of fundraising events per year, typically one per semester. 

 

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, 8-10 PM at the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven, on the corner of Whitney Avenue and Cold Spring Street. Rehearsals occur during the academic year (September-May), with a recess in the summer months (June-August), and a brief recess between semesters (mid-December-early January).  There are extra rehearsals during the week before the concert and occasionally sectionals and master classes are scheduled on a Sunday afternoon. Attendance is expected at all rehearsals unless prior arrangements have been made with the Artistic Director and Membership Coordinator.
 

For information about NHOC please contact our Membership Coordinator, Gretchen Pritchard, at 203-624-2520 or membership@nhoratorio.org.

Past Member Testimonials

"NHOC is a special ensemble--people from different backgrounds coming together to create rewarding musical experiences. And through the choir we formed close relationships that have enriched our lives"   Adam (former NHOC President)

 

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