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About the Audition Process

We try to make the audition process as low-stress as possible. We are just so excited to hear that you want to sing at Cornell, and we just want to hear your beautiful voice!

Auditionees will sign up for a 10-minute audition time slot with Sarah Bowe, the director of the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, and Stephen Spinelli, the director of the Cornell University Chorale and Chamber Singers. Please arrive 10 minutes before your chosen audition time. There will be current members of the groups to greet you and to answer questions about the ensembles. In the audition, students can expect to be taken through several vocal exercises and pitch-matching tests, and will also be tested on sight reading.

Auditonees who are chosen for a callback will be informed on the night of Friday, August 27th. Further information about callbacks will be given to auditionees then. Final decisions about choir membership will be communicated in early September. Accepted singers will be able to register for choral classes at that point.

Decisions about choir membership will be communicated in September. Accepted singers will be able to register for choral classes at that point.

Time Expectations

***NOTE : ALL AUDITION TIME SLOTS ARE CURRENTLY FULL! To schedule an audition, please reach out to gm@chorus.cornell.edu and gm@gleeclub.cornell.edu

For fall semester 2021, Chorus and Glee Club anticipate a return to its normal rehearsal schedule, with full ensembles on Wednesday and Sunday afternoon/evenings. The estimated commitment is 4 hours per week with additional expectation of rehearsals, concerts, and special events throughout the year.

The Chorus meets for class at 5:15-7:15pm on Wednesdays and 7:15-9:15pm on Sundays. The Glee Club meets for class at 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays and 4:00-6:00pm on Sundays.

The Chorale has one central rehearsal on Friday afternoons, as well as many office hours during the week for singers to work with the director and each other on the concert music and on general aural and sight singing skills.

About Cornell's Choral Ensembles

The Chorale is a mixed choir open by audition each semester to Cornell students. Chorale members have the rare opportunity to focus intensively on the development of their individual skills, especially those essential in ensemble singing: sightreading, vocal technique, interpretation of various musical styles, rehearsal approaches, and so on. The emphasis is on developing the complete singer, and opening doors for a lifetime of performance. Chorale concerts often feature solo or small-group performances in addition to the entire ensemble. Many students sing with the Chorale throughout their Cornell career; others use the class to finetune their skills in order to audition for further ensembles. The full Chorale rehearses on Friday afternoons from 4:30-6:45 PM in Lincoln Hall, with section meetings on Mondays or Thursdays from 4:30 to 6. Please direct any questions about the Chorale to chorale@cornell.edu.

The Glee Club is Cornell University’s oldest student organization (founded in 1868), and is recognized as one of America's premier tenor-bass choirs. Typically numbering about 55 singers, the ensemble performs and records a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, including annual commissions of new music. The Glee Club gives concerts frequently both on and off campus, often combining with their sibling group, the Cornell Chorus, for larger-scale SATB projects including major works with professional orchestras and international tours (such as our 2016 performances in Mexico and Guatemala or our recent 2018 performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion). In 2020, the Glee Club and Chorus jointly toured the Pacific Northwest. Please direct any questions about the Glee Club to gleeclub@cornell.edu.

The Cornell Chorus, founded in 1920, features singers from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds whose dedication to music has earned them a reputation as one of the nation’s outstanding treble choirs. The Chorus performs a diverse repertoire, including masses, motets, spirituals, folk songs, and other classical and contemporary pieces. Since 2001, the Chorus has annually commissioned new works by female composers, with the goal of expanding the contemporary repertoire for treble voices. Regular recordings and tours bring the Chorus' sound to a wider audience. In 2016, the Chorus gave concerts throughout Mexico and Guatemala in collaboration with their sibling group, the Glee Club. In 2020, the Chorus and Glee Club jointly toured the Pacific Northwest. Please direct any questions about the Chorus to chorus@cornell.edu.

The Chamber Singers are a smaller ensemble for singers with advanced skills. Prerequisite: at least two semesters of Chorus or Glee Club, or equivalent experience as determined by the instructor. Auditions for the Chamber Choir are by invitation and will take place in the first week of September. For more information about the Chamber Singers, please email ChamberSingers@cornell.edu.