The BPC typically holds auditions for general membership twice a year. For more information, join our mailing list or contact our Managing Director at Agoldberg@bpchorus.org or call 716-980-5701.
Who are our general membership singers? What are we looking for?
We are looking for singers who are 18 years of age or older or have graduated from high school who can contribute to rehearsals and performances in a positive way. We want singers who understand that performing in a chorus means giving themselves over to the ensemble. Please note that we will not be able to accept everyone who auditions for our general membership. However, we are happy to provide feedback to everyone who auditions.
Requirements for a General Membership Audition
You’ll notice that this is not your standard type of audition. We don’t want to just hear you sing a solo. We want to hear all that you would bring to a choral ensemble. While you may think there is a lot to the audition, we want to give you multiple opportunities to show what you would contribute to the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. A successful chorus is a wonderful mix of strengths, and we want you to be able to share yours with us.
When you arrive at your audition, you will be asked to fill out a short form with personal and musical information. If you would prefer to fill that out ahead of time and bring it to the audition, you can find the form here.
Expect your audition to last about 10 minutes. Music Director Adam Luebke and an accompanist will be present to guide you through the audition requirements:
My Country Tis of Thee - You will be asked to sing the melody using music that we'll provide at the audition. The panel is listening for vocal color, diction, intonation, and expressive singing. This does not need to be memorized.
Vocalizing - The panel will guide you through warm-ups to listen to your range, vocal color and intonation.
Rhythm Reading - You will receive a 4 measure rhythm upon arrival at the audition space and be asked to perform it for the panel.
Ear Training - The panel will play 4 melodies of 4 to 5 notes and ask you to sing them back.
Sing Bach - Before the audition, learn your part to a Bach chorale in English (score is available here) and sing it. Our pianist will play with you. The panel is listening for vocal color, diction, intonation, and expressive singing. If you have not prepared the Bach Chorale, you will be excused.