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 2017-2018 season will be held for all interested voice parts on May 8-10, 2017. Core singer auditions will take place May 8 and 9, and volunteer singer auditions will take place May 10. Auditions will be held at Settlement Music School.

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. All singers pay annual fees, as well as purchase their own music.

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 May 1, 2017.

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. Core singers mu be available for a majority of our season concerts in order to be considered. Prior professional choral experience is required. Not all requests will receive an audition.