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The Master Chorale holds auditions twice each season, in late August and early January. Fill out the audition interest form below to be notified with more information when auditions roll around.

Auditions are 10 minutes long, with the Music Director and accompanist. Singers are to bring a prepared classical song or aria that showcases their strengths. Singers are asked to sight-sing and vocalize with piano accompaniment. Prior choral music singing experience is required.


Frequently Asked Questions

When are rehearsals?

The Symphonic Choir is comprised of approximately 170 volunteer members. This ensemble rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:45 PM at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh. Additional dress/orchestra rehearsals before major concerts are also required.

How many concerts are performed in a season?

The Symphonic Choir’s performance season typically consists of four to six programs, including “Resident Chorus” projects with the North Carolina Symphony.

What is the attendance policy?

Singers are required to miss no more than three rehearsals for a concert. Unless it has been previously approved by the Music Director, singers who have missed more than three rehearsals will be asked to not participate in that concert series.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Singers in the North Carolina Master Chorale Symphonic Choir need to be 18 years of age or older. If you are in high

school and are interested in singing with a more professional ensemble, we invite you to audition for our Youth Choir.

Do members pay any dues?

Singers pay dues of $50 per semester and are required to purchase their own music which, as a convenience, will be ordered and sold by the Master ChoraleNeed-based dues scholarships are available and the applications are provided before each semester begins.

What are the requirements for concert attire?

Singers are also required to purchase their own concert wardrobe. The guidelines are set by the Master Chorale and are shared in the Singer Handbook prior to rehearsals. The attire policy can also be viewed here.

Are there any smaller ensemble opportunities?

In addition to the larger Symphonic Chorus, the Chorale also provides opportunities for qualified singers to participate in smaller, more select, Chamber Choir performances. These projects include a lighter jazz/pop Valentine’s program, Romance in the Air, sung by a 16-voice ensemble; a 40-voice ensemble for our late spring concert; a 60-voice Baroque choir for specialized North Carolina Symphony projects; and other configurations based upon the stylistic demands. These ensembles have a much more limited rehearsal period and include some Monday evening rehearsals.

Auditions are very competitive, and singers are expected to have degrees in music and/or extensive experience in choral music. Interested singers should register using the form below and mention their interest in Chamber projects in the Comments section.

For questions, contact Samantha Stoudemire.

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