Auditions

Full Chorus

Audition Information

Please email Chorus Manager Ryan Kaminski at ChorusManager@BPChorus.org for an audition appointment.

Audition Requirements:

Membership in the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus requires previous ensemble singing experience, and singers with good score-reading and sight-singing skills are preferred.

  1. Sing the melody to My Country 'Tis of Thee with accompaniment. (We will have music available for you – no memorization required).
  2. Brief application for membership.
  3. Music Reading – You will be given two excerpts when you arrive at the audition. One will be from a standard choral work and one will be a rhythm excerpt. You will have time to review these before the audition.
  4. Ear training – We will play a series of 4 or 5 notes and ask you to sing them back to us.
  5. Vocalization – We will vocalize you to the extremes of your range to hear your upper and lower notes and to hear the quality of your voice.

Professional Contracted Singers and Choral Leaders

  1. Sing an art song or aria. (Bring copies of the piano part for our accompanist to play.)
  2. Brief application for membership.
  3. Sight Reading – You will be asked to sight read two selections – one from a standard choral work and one rhythm excerpt.
  4. Ear training – We will play a series of 4 or 5 notes and ask you to sing them back to us.
  5. Vocalization – We will vocalize you to the extremes of your range to hear your upper and lower notes and to hear the quality of your voice.
  6. Bring a brief resume of musical experience.

Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Levels of Membership:

Regular Membership: Volunteer adult singers committed to excellent music performance.

  • Ability to read music at a level that allows full musical participation in rehearsals
  • Ability to match pitch, dynamics, vowel color, and rhythmic intensity
  • Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances in accordance with the attendance requirements
  • Commitment to BPC’s mission of performing high quality choral music.

Professional Membership: Selected core of professional singers committed to the standards of professional performance

Professional Choral Leaders – paid members who serve as artistic leaders of their sections, by running sectionals, taking notes, or offering help to individual members.

Professional Singers – paid singers without additional responsibilities

  • Ability to read music
  • Ability to match pitch, dynamics, vowel color, and rhythmic intensity.
  • Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances in accordance with the attendance requirements.
  • Commitment to BPC’s mission of performing high quality choral music.
  • Excellent preparation on BPC music in advance of the first rehearsal.
  • Strong solo voice, particularly suited to the core of BPC’s repertoire.
  • Positive and encouraging attitude towards all members of the chorus.
  • Regular communication with Music Director, expressing concerns, questions, and triumphs that arise in the section.

 

2013 - 2014 Preliminary Concert and Dress Rehearsal Schedule  

  • BPO – Debussy (Women Only)
    • Saturday, March 29 – morning time TBD – Dress Rehearsal
    • Saturday, March 29 – 8pm – Performance
    • Sunday, March 30 – 2:30pm – Performance
  • War and Peace, Featuring the Buffalo premiere of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace
    • Rehearsals April 7, 8, or 10 (TBD)
    • Performance, Friday, April 11 at 8:00 pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Daemen Graduation
    • Saturday, May 17 – Afternoon Time TBD – Performance
  • BPO – Star Spangled Pops
    • Wednesday, May 21 – evening time TBD – Dress Rehearsal
    • Friday, May 23 – 10:30am – Performance
    • Saturday, May 24 – 8pm – Performance
  • BPO – July 3
    • Thursday, July 3 – Morning Time TBD – Dress Rehearsal
    • Thursday, July 3 – Evening Time TBD – Performance  

About the BPC:

The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the principal guest chorus of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, has a commitment to choral music excellence and enhancing the cultural life of Western New York. The BPC will again present a Concert Series for 2012-2013, in addition to performing music masterpieces with the BPO.

The BPC regularly rehearses on Monday nights, 7:30-10:00 PM at Daemen College (September -July). There are also Saturday rehearsals about every other month, depending on the repertoire demands, and mandatory orchestra rehearsals before each concert. Membership requires prompt and conscientious attendance at 80% of all rehearsals and concerts.

Western New York's premier vocal ensemble! The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (BPC) is an independent  symphonic chorus whose mission is
to provide the highest quality performances of choral music to the Western New York community while developing singers in the choral art through self-sponsored concerts and as the primary choral partner of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The BPC appears at various venues throughout Western New York including Kleinhans, Artpark, Chautauqua Institution, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Museum of Science and Shea's Performing Arts Center.


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