The Choral Union at Drew University is open to community members, as well as faculty, staff, and students at Drew. With a current membership of nearly 100 singers, the Choral Union focuses primarily on choral-orchestral masterworks, and performs 3-4 concerts per year from September to May. The Choral Union rehearses on Mondays, 7:00-9:30p.m. in the Concert Hall at Drew University under the direction of Dr. Jason Bishop, Drew University’s Director of Choral & Vocal Studies.
Singers from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill sets will find their home in the Choral Union, but a certain degree of musical and vocal ability is expected as a requirement for membership. The purpose of the audition process is to assess each singer’s compatibility with the Choral Union experience. The audition process will last approximately 10-15 minutes and will include:
1) Vocal warmup exercises to determine range, intonation, and general vocal quality;
2) Two exercises (one accompanied, one unaccompanied) to determine facility with printed music and general musicianship.
3) A brief conversation about the expectations of the ensemble for attendance, at-home practice, etc.
Attendance: Singers are expected to attend all Monday night rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts. One absence from a regular Monday night rehearsal will be permitted. Absences from dress rehearsals and concerts are not permitted.
Practice vs. Rehearsal: In the Choral Union, we refer to the time we spend together on Monday nights as “rehearsal,” and what we do outside of rehearsal as “practice.” Singers are expected to spend time learning notes at home, so that a considerable portion of rehearsal time may be devoted to nuance, refinement of the music, and shaping the overall ensemble sound. The rehearsal environment is fun and energetic, but fast-paced and dedicated to the work of serious music-making.
Concert Attire: All singers are required to purchase the necessary concert attire for performances: tuxedos for men, and concert dresses for women.
Communication: All singers are expected to read weekly e-mail communications from the conductor, and to come to each rehearsal informed and prepared.
SPRING REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Monday nights, 7:00-9:30p.m., from January 27 through April 26
Saturday, March 29: “Chorus in the Forest,” an all-day festival at Drew University
Saturday, April 26, 8:00p.m.: Mozart Requiem (Dress rehearsals April 25 and April 26)
For more information or to schedule an audition, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Choral & Vocal Studies bulletin board in the Music Wing of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts to sign up for a placement appointment. Appointments for new members for the spring 2014 semester are available on January 24, 26, and 27.