I think that for the average singer an audition for Opus 24 might be a bit nerve wracking. However, it is a lot easier than you might think. While we can’t guarantee anyone a position in Opus, a person shouldn’t be too intimidated to give it a shot. Selection must take into consideration a commitment to attend rehearsals and concerts, current needs in the sections, and a voice that can blend with other singers. The ability to sing solos is nice, but that really isn’t crucial to sing in our choral group, and many of our singers would prefer not to do so.
As names come to Milt, he arranges a short audition on a Tuesday evening at Decatur First Lutheran Church. He will ask a few questions about experience, and he listens to range, pitch, and sight reading skills. He usually has a person sing a familiar song, and a piece on which Opus is rehearsing. Often candidates are asked to sit in on part of a rehearsal so that section members can later comment about what they have heard.
To quote Milt, “The process is really stress free for all involved.”
If you are interested in auditioning for Opus 24, you can refer to our website under “Auditions.”
Decatur Choral Society
Opus 24 is seeking additional singers starting in the fall of 2013. Singers with choral experience who wish to sing music from great choral traditions are urged to audition. Auditions are simple and need no previous preparation. If you are interested, please contact the conductor, Milton Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.