2017-18 Auditions

Sing with the Houston Symphony Chorus in our 2017-18 Season

Our next auditions will be held in January 2018. Check back here for further details.

Click here to see our 2017-18 rehearsal and performance schedule. Please peruse it carefully before you decide which concert series you will be available to sing.

We are very eager to hear you and to get started on the wonderful season that lies ahead!

Your audition will take place in two rooms. You will vocalize and sing the optional Messiah chorus in one room and will sight sing in another. The basic audition is described below.

Audition Form (required)

Please complete this online form thoughtfully and carefully before your audition. Your e-signature at the end of this form represents your commitment to sing in whichever series you are cast.

Vocalising (required)

  • We would like you to vocalise yourself. This allows you to put yourself in the best possible light. Please sing two vocalises: one that shows your upper range and one that shows your lower range. You may use piano or not as you choose.
  • If you prefer, a pianist will be in place to run you through vocalises that we have selected.

Sight-singing (required)

  • You will be asked to sight-sing an exercise that is about 16 measures long.
  • You will be given the exercise, the tonality, and the beginning pitch in your octave.
  • Sopranos, altos, and tenors will read in treble clef; basses will read in bass clef.
  • We would like for you to sing the exercise out loud so that we can observe your process. We are not looking for perfection, so don't worry if your rendition isn't perfect. We expect mistakes, starts and stops.
  • You may use solfege, numbers, or a neutral syllable.
  • The difficulty level is comparable to exercises found in Melodia, Volume 3, which is available for purchase and can also be downloaded from the internet.

Messiah chorus (optional)

  • You should prepare ONE of the four Messiah choruses listed below if you would like to be considered for Messiah performances or for any other program for which reduced forces will be used, including the chamber ensemble. Do not prepare your own audition selection. Only one of the four Messiah choruses will be accepted.
  • You should prepare ONE of the four Messiah choruses listed below if you simply want to enhance your audition. For example, you may feel that your sight-singing is not the best, in which case singing the Messiah chorus would help demonstrate that you have a strong ear and work ethic.
  • HSC traditionally shortens certain notes and adheres to very specific marks of phrasing and articulation. Please don't worry about adhering to these marks. In terms of the audition, they are not important to us.
  • Below, you will find links to both the musical scores and MIDI file recordings that will be used in the audition. You will sing your selected chorus with the MIDI file recording below. While we know that this is not the most musical or artistic way to sing these passages, we feel that it will help you know exactly how the accompaniment will sound before the audition.

Sound File Links

Handel: His Yoke is Easy

Handel: Let Us Break Their Bonds

Handel: All We Like Sheep

Handel: Hallelujah

Musical Score Links

Handel: His Yoke is Easy

Handel: Let Us Break Their Bonds

Handel: All We Like Sheep

Handel: Hallelujah

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