AUDITIONS FOR BACH FESTIVAL CHORUS
When: The Kalamazoo Bach Festival holds auditions for the Bach Festival Chorus by appointment only. Please call the Bach Festival office, 269-337-7407, to schedule an audition appointment with Music Director James Turner.
Where: Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building
Requirements: One prepared solo of any length in any language, some sight reading will be required. Audition will last no more than 15 minutes. All voice parts are invited to audition.
Rehearsals: The Chorus regularly rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Kalamazoo College with additional rehearsals the week of the concert.
The BACH FESTIVAL CHORUS is the core of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival with a membership of 60 to 70 singers who share a love of great music. The Chorus employs five lead singers who also serve as Bach Festival soloists. The rest of the Chorus is made up of volunteers who come from the entire Southwest Michigan area. Many members of the Chorus maintain active schedules as soloists in churches and other venues throughout the community. Others are simply brought to the Chorus by their love of music. The choir performs two to three concerts a year: the annual BachFest Christmas! concert, the Bach Festival Finale concert held each year during Bach Festival Week in April, and occasionally a third concert in the winter. The Bach Festival Chorus has performed major choral works of J.S. Bach and composers indebted to his legacy, from Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms and Haydn to more modern composers such as Rachmaninoff and Bernstein. The Chorus has collaborated with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under Maestros Yoshimi Takeda and Raymond Harvey, to present works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Mozart, and Orff, as well as the North American premiere of Latvian composer Ugis Praulins’ stunning Te Deum Laudamus.