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Auditions for Choral Ensembles

All auditions for the AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers take place during the first week of classes each semester. Sign-up sheets for individual audition times will be available outside the Choral Office in Katzen Arts Center Room 146 the week prior to the start of school. There will be a variety of times available throughout the first week of classes to accommodate schedules. Evening times are also available; priority for these times is given to community members who wish to audition. If you can not come to Katzen Center to select and sign up for an audition time, please call the AU Choral Office at 202-885-3425 or email chorus@american.edu.

Audition Process

  • The audition will take about 6-10 minutes—quick, painless and very supportive.
  • Please arrive warmed up and ready to sing five minutes before your scheduled time.
  • In advance of the audition, please complete the audition form available outside the audition room.
  • No music resumes will be required as the audition form does provide space for a brief sketch of your music background and vocal experience.
  • Prepared songs will not be heard for this ensemble audition; prepared materials are only required for solo auditions.
  • Please arrive warmed up and ready to sing five minutes before your scheduled time.
  • The audition consists of basic vocalizing; pitch-matching exercises; scale singing; sight-singing exercises; chatting with the director about you and your musical background.

Audition Results

A final ROSTER for both ensembles will be posted at 6:00 pm on the first Friday of class. Those who auditioned will also be notified of results by e-mail.

PLEASE NOTE: we cannot guarantee acceptance into either or both ensemble until after we hear all auditions. Membership in AU Chamber Singers is far more competitive as it is a smaller, more select ensemble.

Ensemble Registration

Students may register for one or both ensemble under the appropriate course number and section.

You are not required to enrolled to participate, but all ensemble members will be held to the same standards in terms of attendance and preparation.

Aria Competition

The AUSO's yearly Concerto and Aria Competition is open to all students at AU.

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