Lyric Opera of Chicago

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCES CHORUS AUDITIONS FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCES CHORUS AUDITIONS
FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON – OPENINGS FOR ALL VOICE CATEGORIES

Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions in March for experienced, classically trained singers in all voice categories who seek positions in the company’s choral ensemble for the 2012-2013 season.

Auditions will be held on the following dates in 2012:

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS

Monday, March 12                 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 13                 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 14           3:00 – 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 15               7:00 – 9:00 PM

Friday, March 16                    3:00 – 6:00 PM

Saturday, March 17                11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (for out-of-town auditionees only)

The deadline for submitting materials is Thursday, March 1, 2012. Applicants must sing a preliminary audition to be considered for the callback auditions.

CALLBACK AUDITIONS (if necessary)
Saturday, March 17                4:00 – 6:00 PM

AUDITIONS BY INVITATION ONLY

To be considered for an audition, singers should send a current résumé and photo to:

choraud@lyricopera.org

Or by mail to:
Chorus Auditions Coordinator
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Please include a cover letter that states your first, second, and third choices for audition times as well as a letter of recommendation from a recognized musical authority other than your private voice teacher.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Lyric Opera of Chicago seeks singers in all voice categories who are prepared for a professional career. You are expected to prepare two operatic arias that best demonstrate your vocal ability. One aria, preferably both, must be in a foreign language; however, one aria may be in English if you so choose. Both arias must be memorized. Please be prepared to sight read. The ability to read and memorize music quickly and accurately is a must.

Lyric Opera of Chicago will furnish an accompanist. You must provide a legible copy of each aria, in the correct key, for the accompanist.

You are required to prove United States citizenship; permanent residency; or possess, at the time of the audition, legal permission to work in the United States of America during the rehearsal and performance period.

Please note that guests will not be permitted into the audition site.

For more information please call the audition hotline: (312) 827-3548, email choraud@lyricopera.org, or check our website at www.lyricopera.org

REGULAR CHORUS

In the 2011-2012 season, first-year choristers were offered a 30-week contract at a salary of $1,276.50 per week. Musical rehearsals will begin in August 2012, with staging rehearsals beginning in September. A full (tentative) schedule will be provided prior to the commencement of rehearsals. The 2012-2013 performance season runs from October 6, 2012, through March 31, 2013.

SUPPLEMENTARY CHORUS

Musical rehearsals will begin in August 2012, with staging rehearsals beginning in September.  Musical rehearsals involving the supplementary chorus are scheduled on weekdays in the late afternoon and evenings. Once staging begins, there will also be weekend rehearsals. A full (tentative) schedule of rehearsals and performances will be provided prior to the commencement of rehearsals. The 2012-2013 performance season runs from October 6, 2012, through March 31, 2013. The salary for a supplementary chorister depends on the number of productions for which the singer is engaged, ranging from one to four productions in the 2012-2013 season. Compensation for a first-year supplementary chorister in the 2011-2012 season was $47.28 per rehearsal hour and $240.50 per performance.

 

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