Allentown Symphony Chorus

The Allentown Symphony Chorus is a professional level chorus that will be featured once a year with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.  This chorus is designed to not compete with other Lehigh Valley choruses, and will only rehearse six weeks prior to each featured concert.

The Allentown Symphony Chorus will be comprised of approximately 50 voices.  Auditions will be held in the fall of each year.  There will be special auditions for paid Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders.  In the early fall, there will be auditions for positions in a Scholarship Quartet, which will be open to local college students. 

Our next auditions for new members are scheduled to take place in Miller Symphony Hall's 3rd floor Rodale Community Room:
Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6-9pm

An audition application must be completed and emailed to Donna Fritchey, Operations Manager, in advance to be considered for an audition slot. 
CLICK HERE to download Audition Application Form
CLICK HERE to download Audition Excerpts

The Allentown Symphony is pleased to present EDUARDO AZZATI as the Allentown Symphony Chorus Director.

CLICK HERE to view the biography for EDUARDO AZZATI

 

CHORUS DOWNLOADS

CLICK HERE for Mahler score with translations
CLICK HERE for notes and translations

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Concerts and all rehearsals will be held in Miller Symphony Hall, 23 North 6th Street, Allentown, PA, unless otherwise noted.

REHEARSALS (all 7-10pm unless noted):

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017 (off site)
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017 (6-9pm with Diane Wittry on stage)
Friday, April 7, 2017 (dress rehearsal with ASO and soloists)

CONCERTS

Saturday, April 8 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00pm

*NEW for 2017 – Allentown Symphony Chorus Concert – Scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30pm at Arts at St. Johns – Repertoire TBA
(Additional rehearsals for this concert will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 7-10pm, Thursday, April 27, 2017 (at Arts at St. Johns) and Friday, April 28, 2017,  prior to the concert)

Please note - Chorus members MUST be a part of the 2017 Mahler Resurrection concerts with the ASO in order to sing for additional special concert as some Chorus concert repertoire will be rehearsed during the preparation for the Mahler concerts.

CHOIR POSITIONS

Section Leader (Honorarium)
Outstanding singer/musician with ensemble experience
Outstanding sound and intonation
Ability to blend
Outstanding sight-singing skills
Foreign language singing skills (Latin, Italian, German, French)
Ability to run sectionals

Assistant Section Leader (Honorarium)
Outstanding singer/musician with ensemble experience
Outstanding sound and intonation
Ability to blend
Outstanding sight-singing skills
Foreign language singing skills (Latin, Italian, German, French)
Responsible for section attendance and communications (rehearsal notes, etc)

Scholarship Quartet (Honorarium/Scholarship)
Outstanding college music major (voice major) with ensemble experience
Committed ensemble member with great work ethics (letter of recommendation required)
Excellent sound and intonation
Excellent music reading skills
Responsible for room set-up/break-down

Chorister (volunteer)
Experienced choral singer
Trained-quality voice/sound
Very good intonation + ability to blend
Very good rhythm
Very good reading skill
Ability to fully commit to schedule

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Vocalization
Solo selection (oratorio aria or art song)
Sight reading
Mandatory excerpts from upcoming work
Those auditioning for Section Leader, Assistant Section Leader or Scholarship Quartet will most likely have additional requirements

ATTENDANCE POLICY       

At all rehearsals and performances is the responsibility of each member of the Allentown Symphony Chorus.  If, for some personal or professional reason, you must miss a rehearsal, you must notify the Chorus Director, in writing, at least two weeks in advance.  No more than one absence per year/concert cycle will be permitted.  No absences are permitted during the week of the concert performances with the Orchestra.

MUSIC

Each person will be responsible for providing their own music and black folder.  There will be copies of the music and black folders available at a discount for purchase from the Allentown Symphony.

DRESS

Black tuxedos with white shirts and bow tie for Men
Long black dress for Women
At some point, more specific choral attire may be chosen

FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS
Please call Donna Fritchey at 610-432-7961 x205