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 are held three times a year—usually in January, May and August/September. Auditions and weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals are held at the Settlement Music School, 4th and Queen Streets, in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Free secure parking.

Signing up for the audition
If you know that you could, if accepted, attend weekly rehearsals (Wednesday evenings, at 4th and Queen Streets, in Queen Village, Philadelphia), and are interested in auditioning, please click here to be considered for an audition. The information will be sent to the Auditions Committee, and you will be contacted by a member of the committee. Even if you are visiting this site well before one of the audition months, we encourage you to send in your information so we know how many new singers are interested in auditioning.  We are now scheduling auditions for January 2014.  Those seeking to volunteer as tenors and basses are encouraged to apply. Only volunteer sopranos and altos with demonstrated choral experience will be heard.  There are no core positions open.

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 (e.g. 2013-14: Julia Wolfe, etc.). Excellent pay for combination of musical and vocal leadership. Solo opportunities. To audition as a paid core singer, use the link above and be sure to include your resume as an attachment.