2022/2023 Season Auditions
Auditions for all voice parts
August 29th, 6-9:30, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
September 7th, 6-9:30, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
To schedule an audition please contact Susanne Powers at
Our regular rehearsal evening during the year is Monday, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 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. NOTE: At this time we expect to be rehearsing and performing masked. All singers are required to be up to date on the vaccination and booster schedule against the COVID-19 virus to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Singers of all voice parts are invited to audition for the Back Bay Chorale. The audition is a moment to get to know you as a person, to learn about your interest in singing, and for you to share the best of your skills as a musician.
Singers in our membership range from enthusiastic post-college (and in some cases, current collegiate) singers to those with professional vocal training and careers in music. All our singers are expected to have a solid foundation in staff notation, including how to read and interpret key signatures, time signatures, clefs, pitches, and rhythms.
1. A piano-accompanied solo of your own choice, preferably sostenuto. Choose a piece with which you feel comfortable and that will illustrate the quality of your voice. An accompanist will be provided; please bring two copies of your chosen piece; one for the pianist and one for the music director. Art songs or arias are preferred, as this repertoire demonstrates a vocalism most closely used in symphonic choral singing.
2. Vocalizing (with and without piano) to determine range and evaluate tone.
3. A pitch memory exercise. We will play a pattern on the piano and ask you to sing it back.
4. A sight-reading exercise to evaluate your music reading skills.
You will also be invited to share any unique skills and experience that you would bring with you, including (but not limited to) other musical proficiencies (instruments, direction, composition, etc.) experience with languages, non-profit experience, and anything else you would like to share.
The actual audition will take 15 minutes. Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes to have your questions answered and to look over our Member Handbook.