New Members -
Joining the Chorus of Westerly
Information about the 2014 Tour is here
Chorus of Westerly will hold auditions for new singers - children and
adults - in the upcoming weeks. The Chorus is currently seeking all
adult voice parts but is especially looking for qualified tenors and
basses. The Chorus is also looking for children ages 8 to 18 to join
them for the 2013-2014 concert season.
Auditions will be held for
all potential new singers will be held by appointment during the month
of September in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, in
Westerly. Auditions generally last ten minutes for both adult and child
singers. We ask that all potential singers either call the Chorus office
at 401.596.8663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an
Children auditioning need to bring with them a parent (who will be there for the audition and to meet Chorus staff).
you are interested in the Chorus at a later point in the year, call the
office to inquire if new members are being accepted and Mr. Howell is
hearing potential new singers.
For child and teenage singers, at your audition:
- You do not need to prepare anything in advance.
- You do not need to worry, come relaxed and have fun!
You will do some vocal exercises with Mr. Howell that will allow him to
learn more about your voice, your ear, and your musical background.
Following your audition, Mr. Howell will talk with you and your parent
about life in the Chorus and how you will begin with us. He will also
explain the commitments for all singers to you and answer your
For adult singers (age 18 and older)
audition for prospective new adult singers will involve singing
prepared pieces and also some vocal exercises. Please choose 2 from the 5
musical excerpts below in which to sing your voice part while the
accompaniment is played. Download the music below by clicking on the
appropriate link. If you have difficulties, please call or email the
office at the above contacts.
Sight reading skills will also be assessed as part of the audition process.
- Schubert selection
- Handel selection
- Vaughan Williams selection
- Mozart selection
- Brahms selection
Requirements of a Chorus of Westerly Singer once admitted
The Chorus of Westerly strives to perform at the highest levels of
artistic excellence and therefore does require a strong level of
commitment from its singers - both children and adults.
Singers are required to commit to the entire performance season. That
includes attendance at regular weekly rehearsals (meaning great
attendance at regular rehearsals with few if any abscences), mandatory
attendance at performance week and weekend rehearsals, singing ALL the
performances on the Chorus of Westerly's regular season (Fall concert,
Christmas Pops, Twelfth Night, Spring concert, Summer Pops),
participating in various volunteer capacities, and paying membership
Participation in the 2014 Tour is not a requirement in
being a member of the Chorus this season, though we hope as many current
singers and new singers as possible join us. Singers who are active
with the organization in the 2013-14 seaon are eligible to go on the
Rehearsals (all at Kent Hall)
rehearsals are generally Monday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. From
time to time, rehearsals may extend to 10 pm (but not often).
Children's rehearsals - for those who place into the main Chorus or veterans singers - are on Monday and Friday late afternoons.
child singers, upon admission to the Chorus of Westerly organization,
will be admitted to the training choir and will be involved in this
choir until the music director deems them ready to move to the main
children's rehearsals. Training choir rehearsals take place on Tuesdays
and Thursdays in the late afternoon. Mr. Howell can explain this process
at your child's audition.
Performance weekend rehearsals
Performance weekend rehearsal schedules are generally in these time blocks and days:
the fall and spring concerts: An extra rehearsal the Friday night
before the concert from 7 pm to 9 pm for ALL singers. A mandatory
rehearsal with orchestra, soloists, and ALL singers on Saturday
afternoon before the concert, generally from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. There is a
break in the middle of this rehearsal. A Sunday afternoon rehearsal the
day of the concert from 12 pm to 2:30 pm. Concerts are then Sunday
afternoons at 4 pm and 6 pm or 4 pm and 6:30 pm.
Pops: An extra rehearsal the Friday night before the concert from 7 pm
to 9 pm. A mandatory rehearsal on Sunday afternoon from 12 pm to 2:30 pm
prior to the concerts. Concerts at 4 pm and 6 pm.
Night: Because the holidays happen during this stretch the schedule
varies and often we have to move rehearsals the two weeks prior to the
show. Performance week though, there is a mandatory dress rehearsal the
Thursday before the show opens, and performances Friday night, Saturday
afternoon and night, and Sunday afternoon and night.
Pops: An extra rehearsal on the Thursday night before the concert from 7
or 8 pm for two hours. The day of the concert, a rehearsal in the late
afternoon with the orchestra. Concert that same evening unless it rains.