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Audition Information

Welcome to The Choristers website!  We would be delighted if you would consider singing with us. We have provided some basic introductory information below.  If you have other questions or are interested in scheduling an audition, please feel free to call Artistic Director David Spitko at (215) 542-7871 or e-mail dspitko@thechoristers.org.

How many times does the choir perform per year?

We have two concert seasons (fall and spring) per choral year. Both concerts are performed once at Trinity Lutheran in Lansdale. Outreach concerts with extra rehearsal requirements may be announced; participation in these is voluntary.

What kind of music do you sing?

Our repertoire spans a variety of styles, centuries, cultures and languages. We ask our singers to be open to this diversity as well as to new musical ideas and new interpretations of familiar works. Because a significant percentage of the choral music repertoire is sacred, most of our concerts are from this genre. However, the choir is not an oratorio society. We also perform non-sacred music. For example, the choir has presented Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, a concert version of Porgy and Bess as well as Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Is there any cost to participate?

Dues and music fees are due at the beginning of each concert season. Currently, dues are $55 per season; music fees (usually between $35 - $40 per concert) change by season, and singers may keep their music. It is important to the choir that no one chooses not to sing because of the expenses to participate. Scholarships from the Donna Boesler Scholarship Fund are available in the event of financial hardship.

When and where does the choir rehearse?

Rehearsals are held on Friday nights from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Supplee Presbyterian Church, 855 East Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA. In general, rehearsals for the fall concert, which is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving in November, begin one week before Labor Day. Rehearsals for the spring concert, which is held the last Saturday in April, begin the first Friday in January. 

A special rehearsal that is always held right before our concerts is lovingly called the “OMG ~ the concert is next Saturday rehearsal.”  It is always held the Sunday night before both the fall and spring concerts from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  This is a very important rehearsal as it gives the choir one last chance to polish music before the dress rehearsal.

The dress rehearsal is always the Friday night before the concert (but we don’t dress up for it!).

Is any special attire required for performance?

Women are required to purchase a specific black dress ($75) from a choral attire vendor, black stockings, & black shoes.  Men are required to wear a black suit or tuxedo, white shirt, and black bow tie. Again, scholarships are available for singers who need assistance.

Please no perfume, cologne, hair spray or anything else that is scented. Some choir members have allergies.

Are there any other requirements for performance?

Black folders are needed for music that is not bound. Singers must provide their own folders. A black three-ring binder is fine. Quality choral folders are also available for purchase from The Choristers upon request.

Out of consideration for our members with allergies, we ask that all members refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, hair spray or any other scented products during rehearsals and concerts.

Do members have to raise a certain amount of money?

Fundraising—selling tickets, advertisements and soliciting contributions—is expected of choir members. Another choir-sponsored fundraiser is a fall Monte Carlo Night. The choir’s expense budget is $40,000 - $50,000 per year depending upon the needs of the concerts. Ticket sales raise only about 30% of that need. The choir’s ability to pay its ongoing expenses and present our concerts is significantly dependent upon every member's best efforts. However, unlike many other arts organizations, we trust our members to make their best efforts and do not require each member to raise a certain amount or sell a certain number of tickets. The Choristers is recognized by the IRS as a Section 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the choir are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Anything else?

Please visit our Member Expectations page for more information or email dspitko@thechoristers.org.