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The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus announces auditions for the 2014-2015 season

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The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus has recently announced open auditions for the 2014-2015 season that will take place during the spring of 2014. The Cleveland Orchestra has a tradition of commitment to choral music in which participants of all ages are invited to participate.

The Children’s Chorus

Auditions will also be held for the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus and is open to students in grades 5 through 8. The Children’s Preparatory Chorus is open to students in the 5th grade and older while the Children’s Chorus is open to students in the 6th grade and older. Auditions for the Children’s Chorus will be conducted on June 2, 7 and 14, 2014.

The Children’s Chorus was formed in 1967 and provides musical training in vocal production and choral performance skills. Along with a variety of community concerts, the Children’s Chorus will perform the National Anthem at Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns games as well as performances at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra during the 2014-2015 subscription season and Christmas concerts.

Children auditioning will be asked to sing one verse of “America” (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) with piano accompaniment in a key of their choice as well as one verse of “America The Beautiful” )Oh beautiful for spacious skies) without accompaniment in the key of D. They may also be asked to perform some singing scales and rhythmic exercises. An accompanist will be provided.

The Youth Chorus

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus auditions are open to students in grades 9 through 12 and will be conducted on May 3 & 11 and June 7, 2014. The Youth Chorus was created in 1991 to raise awareness of choral music making in area schools in the Northeast Ohio area while encouraging students to continue their choral activities through college and adulthood. Over the course of the season, the Youth Chorus will collaborate with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

Students who are auditioning are asked to prepare a piece from the OMEA Solo and Ensemble list or an equivalent classical solo piece. Broadway and Pop tunes will not be accepted. Along with the prepared piece, students will be tested on vocal range, rhythmic and tonal memory skills as well as sight-reading skills. An accompanist will be provided.

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is one of the very few professionally trained, all volunteer choruses that is sponsored by a major American orchestra. Members come from nearly fifty area communities and perform with the orchestra in subscription and Christmas concerts at Severance Hall. The Chorus has also performed from time to time with the orchestra on tour (domestic and abroad), on television and in numerous recordings (four of which have won Grammy awards).

Those wishing to audition are requested to prepare two pieces from the classical literature with one being in a foreign language with each piece lasting approximately two minutes in length. Previous choral experience and sight reading skills are required. An accompanist is provided for the audition.

The Blossom Festival Chorus

Having established itself since 1968 as an integral part of the Blossom Festival, the Blossom Festival Chorus has sung in over 100 concerts. Those wishing to audition are asked to prepare one piece in a foreign language. They will also be evaluated in sight reading skills. Previous choral experience and sight reading skills are required. An accompanist is provided for the audition.

Auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus will be held April 16 and 19, 2014.

Auditions for all groups are by appointment only. For more information on the Choruses or to schedule an audition, please visit www.clevelandorchestra.com, email chorus@clevelandorchestra.com, or call the Chorus Office at 216-231-7374 for Youth and Children’s auditions and 216-231-7372 for adult auditions.

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