Audition and Membership: 2022-2023 Season

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To join the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh as a new member, you will participate in a musical audition.  For the 2022-2023  season audition, you may download and complete the Audition Form at the end of this page.  Returning Bach Choir members do not need to fill in the audition form. All Auditions will be held in person, by appointment only.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD:

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022 – 7:00PM to 10:00 PM at Rodef Shalom Congregation: 4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022 – 12:00PM to 3:00 PM at the CMU College Campus: exact location will be emailed you when given an appointment time

Fall Auditions: There will be another opportunity to audition for the 2022-2023 season in late August. If you plan to audition in the Fall please use the form below so we can contact you when the audition date has been determined.

PLEASE NOTE: All new members will need to submit proof of covid-19 full vaccination and booster prior to the auditions.

For details and to schedule a time, contact our auditions coordinator, Carter Wellons, using the form at the bottom of the page. Auditions are held by scheduled appointment only.

 

Core Auditions

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh includes a core of professional (paid) singers. These positions are selected based on the core audition requirements listed below and are held for one season at a time.

 

Audition Process

Regular Member  Auditions:

  • Sing one prepared piece (bring music for the accompanist)
  • Sight sing

Core Auditions (10 Minutes in Length):

  • Sing two memorized songs in two different languages. (bring music for the accompanist)
  • Sight sing.
  • Oral testing (keys, chords, musical terms, etc.) and aural tests (scales, intervals, etc.) will also be part of your audition session

For singers whose are chosen to join the choir, an orientation session for new members will be held when rehearsals start in the fall.

All choir members must re-audition for each season.

Membership Information

To join the Choir is an opportunity to participate in making great music together with the conductor and your fellow singers, and a expectation 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 $195 ($165 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 September 28th there is a $10 discount ($185 and $155). Payment schedules can be arranged and there is a small scholarship pool for those needing help.

Concert dress is a solid black one-piece dress or two-piece top/skirt combination or a black tuxedo with black bowtie and a white shirt.

 

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