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About the Audition Process
All auditions will be held in Lincoln Hall. Ten minutes before your scheduled audition time, please come to the Lincoln Hall Atrium (through the main entrance of Lincoln Hall, off of East Avenue).
You will start by meeting the director and going through a series of exercises to assess your ear, vocal range, and sight-reading ability. It takes about ten minutes, and no preparation is necessary.
In some cases, where we need more information, we will ask singers back a second time to hear them in a choral context. For this second round, you will join us at a brief rehearsal on Sunday, August 26th to learn a piece from our repertoire, and then sing your part in that piece with a quartet of current members, in front of the director.
Ensemble membership will be announced on Monday, the 28th (tenors/basses) and Tuesday, the 29th (sopranos/altos).
To learn more about the groups, visit us at singatcornell.com!
The Chorus and Glee Club rehearse approximately 5.5 hours per week, with rehearsals on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons/evenings and occasional sectionals on Mondays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Glee Club is Cornell University’s oldest student organization (founded in 1868), and is recognized as one of America's premier male 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 sister 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). This year, the Glee Club will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary and tour six major cities across the continental United States. Please direct any questions about the Glee Club to email@example.com.
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 brother group, the Glee Club. In the spring, the Chorus will embark on its Canada Tour. Please direct any questions about the Chorus to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.