July 8th , 2013 11:18 am Leave a comment

Civic Chorale announces auditions

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The Civic Chorale, the region’s leading independent auditioned choir, will hold auditions for new members on Thursday, Aug. 8, in the choir room of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Roan and Market Streets in Johnson City, where the group rehearses.

The 40th anniversary season will include a premiere of a newly commissioned work by Dale Warland in honor of our anniversary, and such repertoire as “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten, “Magnificat” by Imant Raminsh, “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff (in collaboration with the Symphony of the Mountains), and numerous smaller works by Felix Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre, John Rutter, Herbert Howells, Robert Schumann, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, among others.

The Chorale anticipates two to four open positions in each voice part. Ideal candidates are singers with good sight reading skills who love choral music.  Interested singers should contact the conductor, David Hendricksen at 638-0409 or conductordavid@embarqmail.com in order to schedule an audition appointment time for Aug. 8. Auditions are private and short (about 15 minutes) and involve singing a familiar piece, sight reading and some simple vocal exercises to check pitch and dynamic range, control of vibrato and general vocal production.

The Civic Chorale was founded in 1973 by Robert LaPella with a small group of invited singers and Jane LaPella as the gifted accompanist.  Over the years, the group has grown to become the region’s premiere auditioned volunteer chorus.  In addition to singing the standard choral repertoire from Gregorian chant to modern compositions, the Chorale has presented numerous world and regional premieres and frequently collaborated with other music organizations in the region, including the Symphony of the Mountains, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the East Tennessee Children’s Choir.

Since 1998, the Chorale has been led by conductor David Hendricksen.  Accompanists are Lisa Runner, piano, and David Runner, organ.
For additional information, visit the Chorale website at www.thecivicchorale.org.

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