Choir Auditions Spring 2020

Choir auditions for Spring 2020 will take place Monday, January 20 from 3:00-6:00pm in Schmucker Hall.

Sign up for a 10-minute appointment at Dr. Natter's office, Schmucker 212.

We welcome NEW SINGERS into the program in the Spring semester.

Mostly there are opportunities for Concert Choir and Audeamus, but sometimes there are openings in College Choir and Camerata. Come sing and we'll see.

Auditions are friendly and comfortable, so please relax - nothing to worry about.
You will sing some brief warm-ups, sing part of a song like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat,", and a simple music-reading exercise.You do not need to prepare anything for the audition (but it’s good to warm up your voice). You do not need to be able to "sight-read" to be in choir.

If you are a RETURNING SINGER and wish to sing in the same choir as before, you do not need to re-audition.  Just let Dr. Natter know (rnatter@gettysburg.edu) and come to the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals begin the first week of classes:
TU 11:30 – Audeamus
TU 4:00 – College Choir
WE 4:00 – Camerata
WE 7:30 – Concert Choir

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Natter (rnatter@gettysburg.edu)

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 Audeamus 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.

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 are posted at Schmucker 212. Sign up as soon as possible to get your first choice of time. The audition takes about 10 minutes.

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 "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," 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 rnatter@gettysburg.edu.