Auditions

Auditions for the BBC for the 2017 | 2018 Season


Auditions for all voice parts will be held on the following dates:

Sunday, August 27, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Marsh Chapel
Monday, August 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church
Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Marsh Chapel
Monday, September 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church

Marsh Chapel at Boston University is located at 735 Commonwealth Avenue, on the Boston College branch of the Green Line.
Emmanuel Church is located at 15 Newbury Street, near the Arlington stop on the Green Line.

Please email info@bbcboston.org or call and leave a voice message at 617-648-3885 with your desired audition date. Your email or call will be returned giving you a specific time for your audition.

Regular Rehearsals

Our regular rehearsal evening during the year is Monday, from 7PM until 10PM. Most of our rehearsals are held at Emmanuel Church, on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Exceptions to this schedule will be given at the beginning of each concert rehearsal period.

Auditioning: General Requirements

1. A piano-accompanied solo of your own choice, preferably sostenuto.

The purpose of this is to hear you on music with which you feel comfortable and that will illustrate the quality of your voice. An accompanist will be provided, but you should supply a copy of your music. Art songs or arias are preferred, as this repertoire demonstrates a vocalism most closely used in symphonic choral singing.

2. Read aloud the following German text:

Zwar ist solche Herzensstube wohl kein schöner Fürstensaal, sondern eine finstre Grube; doch sobald dein Gnadenstrahl in dieselbe nur wird blinken, wird sie voller Sonnen dünken.

3. For range testing, the following vocal exercises may be requested:

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Sing exercise #1 on “ah”, beginning in the middle of your range. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step higher, until you have reached the upper limit of your useful range. Please announce at the beginning in what key you are starting.

Sing exercise #2 on whatever vowel you wish, starting in the middle of your range, at the same tempo as exercise #1. Repeat the exercise, each time a half step lower, until you have reached the lower limit of your useful range. Please announce at the beginning in what key you are starting.

4. Singers may also be asked to demonstrate ability in sight-singing.

The actual audition will take 8-10 minutes. Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes to have your questions answered and to look over our Member Handbook.