Choir Auditions

Auditions for choral ensembles are held at the beginning of each semester. The schedule for Orientation in August 2015 appears below.  See further below for answers to common questions about choirs at Gettysburg.

Friday, August 28 3:00-6:00
Saturday, August 29 1:00-6:00 and CHORAL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, August 30 1:00-6:00 and 7:00-9:00
Monday, August 31 4:00-6:00 and 7:00-9:00
Tuesday, September 1 11:00a-1:00p, 4:00-6:00 and 7:00-9:00
Wednesday, September 2     4:00-6:00 and 7:00-9:00

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

Questions and Answers about Choir

When do the different choirs meet?

Save time slots in your class schedule for the choir(s) that you're interested in. Rehearsal times are:

What should I do to plan for choir at Gettysburg?

You may have already chosen classes for your first year, or are involved in doing that now. Please keep the choir rehearsal schedule in mind when you register. Save times in your schedule for the choirs that you’re interested in. If you’ve already made a preliminary schedule, it’s still possible to make adjustments, either during the summer or when you arrive in Gettysburg.

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.

How do I sign up for an audition? 

Sign up for an audition appointment at Schmucker 212. Sign up as soon as possible to get your first choice of time. The audition takes about 10 minutes. Audition periods during orientation are chosen for flexibility. Sign up for a time in between all the other things you have to do during orientation.

Where are auditions?

Schmucker 214 or as posted on the audition sheets. Ask someone where Schmucker Hall is if you don't know.

Who should audition?

Everyone! We want to hear you sing to make sure that we get you into the right choir and the right voice part. 

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), or for callback auditions for College Choir and Camerata. Once you receive the results you can decide which invitations to accept.

What is the Choral Open House?

During Orientation we hold a choral open house for singers to get more information about choirs at Gettysburg, and to eat cookies. This is a chance to meet some of the current singers in a relaxed setting. There will be cookies. Plan to attend this open house to get more information (and a cookie), talk to current students (and get a cookie), see who else is auditioning (and get a cookie). Some drop-in auditions will be available during this time. Did we mention that there would be cookies? 

How can I get more information?

Visit the choir webpage or email Dr. Natter at rnatter@gettysburg.edu.