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Audition

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Washington Master Chorale!  Maestro Colohan is always glad to hear singers who are interested our group, and he holds auditions throughout the year.

Because we maintain a stable roster of experienced choral singers, we only occasionally have openings, and they generally occur in between seasons. We do however encourage you to set up an audition right away if you are interested in the group.

About the Process

Auditions are generally held on Friday and Sunday afternoons from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

If you wish to set up an audition please send an email to auditions@washingtonmasterchorale.org with the following information:

  1. The conflict sheet (WMC Singer Rehearsal Schedule, 2016-2017 Season [PDF]), signed and scanned with your full name, address, phone number, height, and all of your c:onflicts noted. Attach this document to your email.
  2. In the body of your email please also include
    • A clear indication of your specific voice type (including 1st or 2nd)
    • A brief description of your choral background and experience
    • A good range of time slots that work for you in the upcoming 3 weeks on either Friday or Sunday afternoon between 2-5pm
    • A clear indication of whether you are auditioning as a pro or volunteer
    • Your professional singing resume (Professional Singers only)

We will reply with your assigned time and we will do our best to accommodate your preferred time and date.  You will also be provided copies of the professional or volunteer policy information (as applicable) and the WMC rehearsal protocol to review before the audition.

The audition is approximately 25 min in length and will be scheduled on the half hour from 2pm-5pm.  Auditions are held at Maestro Colohan’s teaching studio: 1450 Irving St NW #21, Washington, DC 20010, a short walk from the Columbia Heights Metro Station.  Limited parking is available on the street for free, or in the DC USA parking garage at an hourly rate.  Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time.  When you arrive dial 09# on the entry keypad and he will buzz you in.

Professional Audition Preparation

The professional position requires significant past professional choral experience.  Professionals should prepare one of the following arias:  “Every Valley” (tenor) or “The Trumpet Shall Sound” (baritone)  “Rejoice Greatly” (sop)  “O Thou that Tellest” (alto) from  the Messiah, as well as a contrasting (lyrical) art song from the 19th or 20th century. There will also be a short range, ear, and sight-singing test.

Volunteer Audition Preparation

The volunteer position requires significant past volunteer choral experience. For the volunteer audition, come prepared to sing the choral soprano, alto, tenor or bass part of Movement 4 of the Brahms Requiem (first half through m64) and the choral soprano, alto, tenor or bass part from the  “And He Shall Purify” Chorus from Handel’s Messiah (first section through measure 30). There will also be a short ear, vocal range, and sight singing test.

Read the volunteer dues policy

Thank you again for your interest!   We look forward to hearing you sing.

Sincerely,
The Artistic Staff
Washington Master Chorale

Washington Master Chorale

Volunteer Singer Membership Dues Policy

Effective July 1, 2015

The Washington Master Chorale (WMC) is partially funded by membership dues paid by

volunteer singers at the beginning of each concert performance season. These dues are

used to purchase music for the season and to support the operation of the organization.

All volunteer singers accepted for membership in WMC are required to pay annual

membership dues.

Dues are $250 per volunteer singer per concert season and must be paid in full either by

check or cash no later than the last Monday evening rehearsal in September. Dues

payment should be given to the WMC Operations Operations Manager.

Because WMC is a 501 (c)(3) organization, the $250 dues payment amount (minus the

cost of the concert season music) can be declared a tax deductible donation at the end of

the calendar year that the payment was received to the extent permitted under tax rules.

Volunteer singers who elect not to sing every performance within a concert season must

still pay full membership dues no later than the last rehearsal in September.

Any volunteer member who leaves WMC before the end of the concert season will not

receive a dues refund. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Any volunteer singer with a financial hardship may request to make dues payments in

weekly increments. If the WMC Executive Committee approves the request, the

volunteer singer must submit a payment schedule arrangement to the WMC Operations

Operations Manager. The final incremental payment must be made no later than the last

Monday evening rehearsal in October. In cases of extreme hardship the WMC Executive

Committee may grant further extensions.

Potential relief from the dues policy requirement may be considered. To seek such relief,

a letter to the Board of Directors, with full justification provided, is required.

Recommendations from the Artistic Director for such relief will be considered before the

WMC Executive Committee arrives at a decision.

Approved by the WMC Board of Directors