Audition & Membership
Thinking of joining the Bach Choir?
To become a member of Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, you must pass a musical audition. Auditions are typically held in May and August. For details and to schedule a time, contact our auditions coordinator, Carter Wellons, using the form at the bottom of the page.
New singers will prepare a song of their choice. They need to bring a copy of their music for the accompanist and may sing memorized if desired. Sight singing will be required. Non-core auditions are five minutes in length.
For singers whose audition is successful, an orientation session for new members will be held when rehearsals start in the fall.
All choir members must re-audition for each season.
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh supports a professional core of paid singers. These positions are selected based on core auditions and held for one season at a time. Those interested in auditioning for the professional core will sing two memorized songs in different languages. They will need to bring copies of their music for the accompanist. Core auditions require demonstrating knowledge of music theory and terminology, chords and intervals. Sight singing will be required. Core auditions are ten minutes in length.
To join the Choir implies a desire to participate in making great music together with the conductor and your fellow singers, and a promise to attend the rehearsals and the concerts for the entire season. The Choir’s rehearsal and subscription season runs from late August through early May.
Rehearsals are held each Tuesday evening from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue in Oakland. Rehearsals usually begin the first Tuesday after Labor Day and end in early May following the last scheduled season concert. There are two dress rehearsals, typically the Thursday and Friday evening before each concert weekend, which all members are required to attend. Concerts are typically Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. A half-day, Saturday choir retreat may also be required during the fall or spring, depending on the difficulty of the music and concert schedule.
Choir members are expected to pay dues to the organization each year. Dues for this season are $185 ($155 for students and seniors [65+]). Dues help cover a small portion of expenses related to music purchase and copying, artistic and administrative staff, liability insurance, and concert venue rental. If paid prior to the first rehearsal there is a $10 discount ($175 and $145). Payment schedules can be arranged and there is a small scholarship pool for those needing help.
Concert dress for women is a solid black one-piece dress or two-piece top/skirt combination. Men wear a black tuxedo with black bowtie and a white shirt.