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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. 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 NCMC. Singers are also required to purchase their own concert wardrobe (designated black formal attire for women and tuxedos for men). Need-based dues scholarships are available; applications are provided before each semester begins.
The Symphonic Choir’s performance season typically consists of four to six programs including “Resident Chorus” projects with the North Carolina Symphony.
Auditions are 10 minutes long, with the Music Director and the NCMC accompanist. Singers are to bring a prepared classical song or aria that showcases his or her strengths. Singers are asked to sight-sing and vocalize with piano accompaniment. Prior choral music singing experience is required.
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 Stephen Aber.