Auditions for the Choral Arts Society of Davidson are held two times each year, in January and August, in Sloan Music Center (323 Concord Road) on the campus of Davidson College. Fall 2018 auditions will take place on Tuesday evening, August 7, from 6pm to 9pm. If you would like to sign up for an audition, you may do so HERE.
What should one expect in auditions?
Auditions are 10 minutes in length and are intentionally low-key and relaxed. While we are privileged to include a number of career musicians in CASD and expect the highest quality of professionalism in our performances, we are aware that our constituency is made up primarily of local church choir members and volunteers. We invite experienced and talented choral singers of every level (high school age and above) to audition for us. A typical audition will consist of the following:
- An audition form will be made available at the time of your audition. Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete the form prior to your audition.
- An art song, aria, hymn, or folk song (1-2 minutes in length) of the singer’s choosing. Hymnals will be provided if needed.
- A vocal range test.
- Pitch retention exercises – a short melody that you will be asked to sing back.
- Sight-reading exercises.
- Those who audition will be notified about the status of their audition via email within the week.
When are auditions?
Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Where are the auditions?
In the Sloan Music Center choir room 201. The physical address of the building is 323 Concord Road, Davidson, NC.
What does an audition entail?
Auditions entail your singing a minute or so of a song of your choice. It could be an art song, aria, hymn, or gospel song, or a folk song/spiritual. Following your solo, you will be asked to sing exercises to help us determine your range, and then you will be taken through a few exercises that test your ear and musical skills. Finally, you will be asked to sight-read a selection which we provide.
What age do I have to be to join CASD?
CASD is made up of mostly adults who are college-age and above. We occasionally allow a very mature and talented high school age (16+) singer into the ensemble, but it is rare.
How do I sign up for an audition?
Sign up HERE for an audition.
Please contact contact us if you are interested in auditioning once the audition date has passed.
Will an accompanist be provided?
Yes. And a copy of a hymnal will be provided should you need it. We encourage you not to sing a selection unaccompanied. Bring something you've prepared with a piano accompaniment, or plan to sing a hymn from the hymnals provided--with accompanist.
When does the Choral Arts Society usually rehearse?
Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 (9:00) PM starting August 14 through Monday, December 3, 2018. We begin rehearsing again in 2019 on January 15 through May 5.
What is the CASD schedule (rehearsal and performance) for this year?
The full rehearsal schedule for CASD can be found here: (will be published soon)
We ask that those who audition into CASD make their commitment to the ensemble for the entire season. We do not allow “cherry picking” of concert opportunities. We work together as an ensemble, and we develop as an ensemble. The rehearsal time we spend together is vital in creating the high-calibre, artistic ensemble that we have become.
What kind of singer are you looking for?
CASD is privileged to have many experienced soloists and vocal music education professionals, but there is also a great number of amateur choral singers (musicians who sing regularly with their church, school, college, or university choirs) in our ensemble who contribute equally. Generally, if you have a good musical ear, a confident voice, and know how to read music (or follow really well), you should audition for us. We are always on the lookout for tenors and basses, in particular, but auditions are open to all voice parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass) and there are positions to be filled in each of the sections.
Above all, we seek choristers who are committed to musical discipline and artistry that leads to choral excellence. Our rehearsals are fun and engaging, but they are also rigorous--CASD singers are required to be at the top of their game every rehearsal. We learn and perform a lot of music every year, and the professionalism that we bring to each of our performances is a result of a great deal of hard work that requires attendance at all rehearsals (though two absences are permitted each concert cycle).
Singers in CASD are sometimes expected to work on their music on their own—and we provide resources as often as we can to enable each singer to do so. Our rehearsals reinforce the necessary note learning, vocal technique, and language repetition that will make you confident in dress rehearsals and performances, but each singer is expected to take personal responsibility, insofar as possible, to learn his or her own part flawlessly.
Finally, there is no upper age limit to CASD participation—the vocal (and physical) standards and requirements to be in CASD are the same for everyone. We accept exceptionally talented high school students who demonstrate the vocal and musical maturity to participate. Singers must, however, be able to stand for long periods of time sometimes, and CASD members are occasionally required to re-audition whenever deemed appropriate by the director.
Do I have to pay to be in the ensemble?
Yes. Singers are asked to purchase their music (this year the cost for all music is between $30-40), and member dues help us pay for musicians and other costs associated with our concerts. Member dues are $30 per semester or $50 per year. None of the CASD staff "make money" from CASD dues. The cost of our performances greatly exceeds what we collect in dues but does help in offsetting the cost...particularly for our stand-alone concerts. If the cost is prohibitive, we ask that you speak with the director about that during your audition.
What are you singing/performing this year?
Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum
Holiday Gala: (with Davidson College Music Department)
Handel: Messiah (Sing-Along) with NC Baroque Orchestra
Arrigo Boito: Prologue from Mefistofele
William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
When will I be notified regarding the status of my audition?
You will be notified via email within one week of your audition.