Crescendo is holding auditions for new members!
We are now auditioning new singers for our 2018-19 season programs “Mystical 16” (Chorus) and “Prince of Light and Prince of Darkness” (Vocal Ensemble)
Crescendo will be holding auditions for the Chorus and the Vocal Ensemble for all voice parts during the third January 2019 week. Crescendo’s 2018-19 season will include performances of Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary repertoire. Performances will take place in Lakeville, CT and Great Barrington, MA, including the newly restored performing center Saint James Place. To schedule an audition, send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Should I prepare an audition piece?
Answer: Yes, any solo or choral part. It can also be a hymn or folk song. Please bring an extra copy of the music for the accompanist.
Question: What qualifications are expected of applicants for the Crescendo Chorus?
Answer: Singers should be experienced in choral singing and be able to read music, or be committed to invest the time needed to learn their parts at the beginning of each project with the help of audio tracks. Vocal Ensemble members need to be able to read music. We only accept into our ensemble voices with little vibrato. Depending on the ability to learn quickly and the voice type, we might also accept singers with less musical knowledge and reading experience. Study materials for the complete repertoire are provided at the begin of the project, so singers with less experience can work on their own. Commitment and dedication are very important qualifications for any singer who wants to join Crescendo.
Question: What is involved in singing with Crescendo in terms of time commitments?
Answer: During the months leading up to a concert, the Chorus usually rehearses one evening per week, currently on Mondays, at Trinity Church in Lime Rock (Lakeville, CT). Depending upon needs, usually there are additional rehearsals, both sectional and of the entire chorus, during this time as well. Special rehearsal schedules for young singers can usually be worked out, recognizing their other commitments. Typically there is one full day rehearsal per season on a Saturday and another Saturday afternoon, close to concert weekend. Production week rehearsals start a week before the concerts with a long Saturday afternoon rehearsal, and includes two rehearsals with orchestra (or instrumental ensemble) and soloists. On the concert weekend, you should plan to be available to Crescendo at all times except Sunday morning, when we recognize that many of our signers have long-term commitments singing in church choirs.
Question: What are financial commitments?
Answer: Chorus members pay a fee at the beginning of the rehearsal period for scores and incidental expenses. For the current Spring-2019 Chorus project the chorus fee is $100 and for the Vocal Ensemble project $50. This includes practice tracks and scores. Scholarship assistance may be available, particularly for young people who wish to perform with the Chorus.
Question: What is attire for concerts?
Answer: Performance attire for all choir singers is black shirt, black trousers or floor-length skirt and black shoes. The black shirts are with collar (men) and u-neck (women). Crescendo provides a red rose pin for the women, and a red bow tie for the men for the concerts.
Potential player for the orchestra? Potential vocal soloist or section leader? If you fall into any of these categories, you should speak directly with our Artistic Director.