general audition information

Join us!
We welcome singers eager to meet new musical challenges. Mendelssohn Club is a welcoming group that encourages experienced choral singers who appreciate the challenge of learning new material to consider being part of our Philadelphia-based chorus.

When and where auditions are held

Auditions for the 2016-2017 season will be held for all interested voice parts in May 2016. Volunteer singer auditions will be held on May 2 and 11, 2016 from 6 -10pm. Core Singer auditions will be held on May 16 and 25, 2016 from 6-10pm. Auditions will be held at the Friends Center (15th and Cherry Sts.).
If accepted, Wednesday evening rehearsals are held at Settlement Music School, 4th and Queen Streets, in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Our regular rehearsal venue has free, secure parking.

Signing up for the audition
Click here to be considered for an audition, or use the form below. You will be contacted by our Personnel Manager, who will schedule your audition. Audition requests will be accepted until April 27, 2016.

Preparing for the audition

Singers are expected to have prior choral experience and possess some degree of sight-singing ability. Prepare a work of your choice that demonstrates your vocal range. Any genre of classical music is acceptable such as an art song, an aria from an opera or oratorio, or your voice part from a choral work. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a copy of your music for the accompanist. The audition will also include some sight-reading and tonal memory exercises.

Professional Core of Paid Singers
Mendelssohn Club has a professional core of paid singers. Core singers experience exciting seasons with masterworks, commissions, premieres, and adventurous programming. In addition to service as a professionally paid chorister, core singers are also expected to serve as section leaders and positive members of our singing community. Some solo opportunities may be available. Beginning in the 2015-2016 season, core singers do not need to commit to an entire season. As auditions are completed, a general roster will be formed that will rotate based on programming and availability. Not every core singer will be offered a position to sing in every concert.