Auditions & Education

Welcome to the San Francisco Choral Society!  We look forward to singing with you!

SF Choral strives to maintain a high standard of performance excellence. Our audition policies are designed to help members evaluate and continually improve their skills to achieve and maintain a high performance level.

Audition Requirements

Auditions are conducted in small groups. The Artistic Director or Assistant Artistic Director, with the assistance of section leaders, assesses vocal technique and musicianship/reading skills. The process includes a group warm-up, followed by individual vocalization to evaluate range, intonation and vocal production. The audition includes sight-reading a four-measure musical passage.

Initial Audition

  • New singers are admitted to chorus by audition. Auditions are held prior to the holiday-season Festival of Carols and prior to each of the three annual major concert sets.
  • Each singer who auditions and is accepted into the chorus is placed in one of three categories:

1. Skills above the required level
2. Skills at the required level
3. Skills need development

Periodic Re-auditions

To maintain the quality of our chorus and to help singers in their vocal development, we periodically re-audition all chorus members.

  • Singers in categories 1 and 2 must re-audition every three years. Singers will be contacted when it is time to schedule a re-audition.
  • Singers in category 1 must re-audition if they miss five consecutive major concert performances (not including Festival of Carols). A major concert performance includes all dress rehearsals and final performances.
  • Singers in category 2 must re-audition if they miss three consecutive major concert performances (not including Festival of Carols). A major concert performance includes all dress rehearsals and final performances.
  • Singers in category 3 must re-audition for each concert (including Festival of Carols).
  • The Artistic Director may grant a singer a one-time absence from a major concert performance dress rehearsal or performance and the singer is not required to re-audition.

General

  • The Artistic Director or Assistant Artistic Director may change a singer’s skill category following re-audition.
  • The Artistic Director may ask any singer, in any category, to audition at any time or prior to a major concert performance.
  • The Artistic Director may waive audition requirements for those singers who artistic abilities are well known to him.