Sonoran Desert Chorale

Auditions 2020

The Sonoran Desert Chorale is pleased to announce auditions for our 2020-2021 season, which we are eagerly planning. We will be accepting video auditions for singers interested in joining the Chorale. Due to current social distancing concerns, the first round of auditions will be done via pre-recorded video. If you are interested in singing with the Chorale next season, please read below for instructions on recording and submitting an audition video.

The deadline for submitting an audition video is Monday, June 1, 2020, midnight. We are looking forward to a rewarding season after our unanticipated break from music making. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to become a part of our musical family.

Video Audition Guidelines:

  1. Select a song that represents your vocal abilities and range. It can be a traditional art song, ballad, broadway piece, or popular song. You don’t need to memorize your audition piece.
  2. Make a new recording of your selected audition piece.
  3. Please make sure you record yourself in a room with enough lighting that your full face (minimum) or full body can be seen.
  4. Try a test recording to determine how far away your recording device should be to ensure you’re fully heard without sound distortion.
  5. You are free to practice and record as much as you like, but please do not submit recordings that have been digitally spliced or otherwise altered. Please submit a video that is one consistent recording from beginning to end.
  6. Once your recording is completed, please click on the link below to fill out the audition form and upload your audition video.
  7. Clicking on the link below will take you to an online form. Please fill the form out in its entirety, including a brief history of your music experiences.
  8. In order to submit the form and your video, you must sign in with a Google account. If you don’t have one, please email the artistic director for alternative arrangements at sdcartisticdirector@gmail.com
  9. Audition submission link
Important Information:

  1. You will be notified in 2-3 weeks concerning your audition results.
  2. Singers will be provisionally accepted based on quality of singing and number of spaces available in a given section.
  3. Provisionally accepted singers will be asked to complete an in-person sight singing audition and to sing their audition piece once in-person activities can occur.
  4. Final acceptance into the Chorale will be dependent upon a successful sight singing audition.
  5. There are four segments per season. Each segment consists of eight rehearsals and two performances.
  6. Performances usually occur in October, December, March, and May.
  7. Rehearsals begin in August and run through early May of the following year. Most rehearsals are from 7:30-9:30 pm with an optional sectional beginning at 7:00 pm. Attendance is very important.
  8. Membership dues are $100 per season and are due the first rehearsal.
  9. Concert attire is currently a tuxedo for men and a designated outfit for women. The cost of concert attire is the responsibility of the singer.
  10. While a copy of our anticipated season calendar has been made available (link below), please be aware it could change based on health recommendations due to COVID-19.

SDC Anticipated Calendar 2020-2021