The Portland Symphonic Choir is the city’s oldest and largest independent choral organization. Best known as the official chorus for the Oregon Symphony, our semi-professional Choir is comprised of experienced choral singers from all over the Portland metropolitan area, and from all walks of life. From recent college graduates, music teachers, and professional singers to lawyers, nurses, and retirees, we share a unifying musical mission “to sing the great choral masterworks with excellence and passion, and to engage, educate, enrich and inspire both our members and the community.”
Each member of the Choir is accepted for membership pending an initial audition. Singers are asked to prepare a classical selection (i.e. aria or art song). An accompanist will be provided. New member auditions occur two times per year by appointment only. Once in the summer, once in January (mid season).
The next formal round of auditions will be in August 2019; however, auditions may be scheduled year round depending on the artistic leaders’ availability. To inquire: email@example.com.
Download, complete and print this NEW MEMBER AUDITION FORM, and bring it with you to your audition appointment.
Our audition for each new or former singer is approximately 10 minutes long, and includes:
One approximately 3-to-4-minute, piano-accompanied solo song or aria of your choice from classical repertoire (no show tunes, no jazz, no Top 10) that will showcase your singing technique and the features of your voice
Scales and other vocalises as directed by the Audition Team for range, timbre and vocal dexterity
Sight-reading piece chosen that day by the Audition Team (This is piano-accompanied with your part de-emphasized, so do your best. Remember, it is only 1 of the audition factors)
Please bring a copy of your solo that is bound in some way (original score or 3-ring binder) for the provided accompanist. You may also bring a copy for your own use, if you like. No other copies are necessary, and the accompanist will return the one you provide for use.
The results of your audition will be sent to you via eMail, or via phone if time is short before the beginning of the next concert cycle. If membership is not offered after your audition, please understand there are more factors than vocal skill that play into our Audition Team’s choices. Highest among them is the overall balanced sound of the choir which could mean we currently have no more room in a particular section for new singers.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where does PSC rehearse?
For the 2018-19 Season, PSC will be rehearsing at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church (45th and Sandy) on Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:15 p.m. During the week before the concert(s) additional rehearsals may be scheduled in the concert venue.
How many performances are there a year?
PSC typically produces three concerts each season (fall, winter, spring). Additionally, PSC is regularly contracted by other performing organizations, such as the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Music Festival, and others. These contracted performances usually occur two – three times a year, but vary.
Where does PSC perform?
PSC is proud to present concerts in a variety of places around the Portland Metro area.
What kind of commitment do I need to make to sing in PSC?
Singing members of PSC are expected to attend at least 80% of all rehearsals. Dress rehearsal and performances are considered mandatory and may not be missed. Each singer is allowed one leave during a performance year, at the discretion of the Artistic Leaders. If a singer needs to miss more than one concert cycle in a year, they will need to re-audition for the choir.
Choir members pay annual dues in the amount of $200 that may be paid in one lump sum, or monthly installments. There is also a one time, refundable $25 music deposit.
Choir members provide their own performance outfit per the membership guidelines (for men, this means a black tux, and for woman, a black dress and jacket that needs to be ordered to match the ensemble).
Each choir member is expected to learn their music outside of rehearsal, and come prepared for each rehearsal.
Each choir member is expected to be an advocate for the organization – promoting concerts and encouraging excellent singers to audition for the ensemble.
Choir members are provided a membership handbook with all expectations clearly explained upon admission to the choir.
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