Interested in joining our ranks?
At the BCS, we are always on the lookout for talented voices who are interested in joining our group. We hold auditions at the beginning of each of our semesters. The auditions are private and are conducted by Richard Riley, our Artistic Director.
Here are a couple of facts about auditions:
Auditions are held during August and January
Auditions consist of:
An interview with our Artistic Director
A short musical assessment
A sight-singing assessment
From our Artistic Director, "You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. I will ask you to sing some scales, sing some notes in a chord, sing "Happy Birthday to You" on three different pitch levels, and sight read a piece that you will have not seen before."
Depending on the needs of the chorus, we might not have openings for a particular voice type for a given concert. When you submit your application for the chorus, please note your vocal range. If we do not have a need for your voice type for the upcoming semester, we will retain your information for future opportunities.
Membership Dues: The dues for each semester with the BCS are $90.00. Of that, $20 is non-refundable and is required at registration and before we are able to provide you with your music. Payment of dues can be made by cash or by check, made out to "Burlington Choral Society" or "BCS" in person at the rehearsals. Payment in full is expected by the third rehearsal for a given concert. Special arrangements can be made on a case by case basis for extenuating circumstances.
Next Auditions: The next auditions will be held the evening of Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in Burlington. Please click the button below, complete and submit the form. We'll be back in touch with you.
Our Fall concert will be on Saturday, November 17th. The title of the program is Birthday Odes.
This year marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, and we'll honor him with a performance of his best known choral work, "Chichester Psalms."
G.F. Handel's "Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne" -- heard at the recent royal wedding -- and Henry Purcell's "Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary" (aka "Come Ye Sons of Art") will take us back to when composers and choruses really knew how to throw a birthday party.