Choir Auditions

Auditions for choral ensembles are held at the beginning of each semester. Auditions take place in classrooms on the 2nd floor of Schmucker Hall. See signs on Dr. Natter's door for locations at particular times.

Friday, August 26 3:00-6:00pm
Saturday, August 27 1:00-6:00 and CHORAL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, August 28 3:00-6:00 and 7:00-10:00
Monday, August 29 4:00-6:00 and 7:00-9:00
Tuesday, August 30 11:00a-1:00p, 4:00-6:00 and 7:00-9:00
Wednesday, August 31      4:00-6:00

For 1st year students: you have "Living in our Community" sessions scheduled at various times Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will receive a schedule of your commitments for those sessions, so you can sign up for an audition at another time.  Consult with your RA or OL if you have questions.

NOTE: if you are auditioning for College Choir or Camerata, please hold Thursday, September 1 from 4:00-6:00pm for callback auditions. 

Questions and Answers about Choir

Will I have time for choir in college?

YES! College is a busy life, but you can tailor your choral participation to fit your schedule. Concert Choir and Women's Choir meet just once a week - almost anyone can handle that time commitment. Other groups meet more often, and you can combine your experiences to fit your commitment level. Singers say that choir provides a welcome change from other kinds of classes, and making music with your friends is very rewarding.

I'm an incoming first year student.  What should I think about now for singing in choir later?

Plan for it. Figure out which choir or choirs you want to be in and SAVE THAT TIME in your class schedule so you can participate. If there is a conflict with another class, often you can find another section of a class that does not conflict with choir. You should definitely try to do that, as it is more difficult to switch later on.

College Choir and Camerata are the most competitive groups, and not all first year students get to sing in those ensembles. Save the times for Concert Choir and/or Women's Choir as well.

When do the different choirs meet? 

Save time slots in your class schedule for the choir(s) that you're interested in. 
Click on the choir names below to see descriptions of each group.
Rehearsal times are:

How do I sign up for an audition? 

Audition sign up sheets will be posted at Schmucker 212 during orientation week. Sign up as soon as possible to get your first choice of time. The audition takes about 10 minutes. Sign up for a time in between all the other things you have to do during orientation.

Who should audition?

Everyone! We want to make sure that we get you into the right choir and the right voice part. 
Choir is not just for Conservatory students! More than half of the singers in choir are from other majors.

Is auditioning difficult? 

It is very easy and friendly, and is tailored for the individual singer. Don't let the prospect of the audition frighten you away!

What happens in the audition? 

You do not need to prepare anything, but you should warm up your voice before your audition. You will sing some basic vocal exercises, sing a bit of a song like "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and sing a simple music-reading exercise (for the more advanced groups). We want to make sure that we get you into the right choir and the right voice part.  The audition is very friendly, and tailored for the individual singer, so don’t worry about it being scary or difficult.

Do I have to audition separately for each group?

Nope. You audition once for all of the groups. Many singers perform in more than one ensemble.

What happens after auditions? 

Everyone who auditions will receive email notification about the results. You will receive invitations to join particular choir(s). Once you receive the results you can decide which invitations to accept.

How can I get more information? 

Visit the choir webpage or email Dr. Natter at