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Chicago a cappella Announces Auditions

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  • Munn Heydorn
    CHICAGO A CAPPELLA ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS Chicago a cappella is seeking to expand the pool of singers who serve on its Alternate Roster. The nine-voice ensemble s
    Message 1 of 1 , May 6, 2003


      Chicago a cappella is seeking to expand the pool of singers who serve on its Alternate Roster. The nine-voice ensemble�s Primary Roster performs the majority of the ensemble�s musical activities. Members of the Alternate Roster may be offered work when a primary-roster singer is not available. Possible work for alternates includes rehearsals and performances on the ensemble�s subscription concert series; recording sessions for demo CDs of choral music; and, more rarely, �run-out,� broadcast, or out-of-town tour performances. The ensemble maintains long-term relationships with its primary and alternate singers through challenging, rewarding musical experiences and competitive compensation.

      Audition Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2003.

      Audition Times: First audition at 2:00pm; last audition ends at 5:00pm (15-minute time slots)

      Location: Green Room (lower level), Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

      Level of performing experience required: Unusually strong sight-reading skills; significant experience (5+ years) singing both Renaissance and contemporary music, preferably in small ensembles or one-to-a-part; experience and ease with just intonation in early music; ability to sing both full-voiced (with healthy vibrato) and with no vibrato at all, the latter often for extended periods in performance or rehearsal; prowess at holding a vocal line individually with a group of up to 8 others doing the same thing; strong stage presence; adaptability to an unusually wide range of musical styles; a strong ear for picking up new styles that may be unfamiliar; superb language skills (familiarity with IPA recommended); strong solo technique and emotionally compelling delivery.

      Audition requirements: Auditionees will be asked to perform two contrasting solos. An accompanist will be provided; singers must provide an accompanist�s copy of both songs. One piece should be from the standard �classical� repertoire (i.e. opera, oratorio, art song); the second piece should show complete contrast, and should NOT be �classical� in nature (i.e. jazz, show tune, pop, spiritual, R&B, folk song). Sight-reading will also be a part of the audition, possibly with another singer on a different voice part. Call-backs will include rehearsing with a larger group for purposes of blend within and among sections.

      Call-backs will be held on Tuesday, June 3
      rd, from 10:00am-1:00pm, same location.

      Chicago a cappella (CAC) is a classical vocal ensemble that moves heart and spirit with fun, innovative concerts. Led by founder Jonathan Miller, the group performs an astonishing range of repertoire with �wit, imagination, flawless intonation, and an easy, idiomatic way with music of every period, from medieval to jazz, swing and gospel� (Chicago Tribune). CAC presents an annual four-program subscription series in Chicago, Oak Park, and Evanston and has been heard in venues from Symphony Center to Mexico. The ensemble has been acclaimed in publications ranging from the Chicago Reader to Fanfare, American Record Guide and Alte Musik Aktuell. The group�s music video was produced by WTTW-Channel 11 for the Illinois Arts Council. Further information on the group�s accomplishments and performing activities is available on its website, www.chicagoacappella.org

      Singers of all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass) are encouraged to audition. Falsettists are not being sought at this time.

      To request an audition, please contact:

      Lisa Furst, Administrative Assistant
      Chicago a cappella
      2936 N. Southport Ave., Suite 210
      Chicago, IL 60657
      (773) 296-0163 ext. 25

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