The Chorus of Westerly is now actively searching for new singers for its 64th concert season.


There are many paths for you to sing with the Chorus of Westerly for both Adults and Children - with and without experience! See below for more details.

Adults or parents of children interested in singing in any program with the Chorus should immediately email Jill Hirst (jill@chorusofwesterly.org) or call the Chorus office 401.596.8663.


HOW CAN I SING WITH THE CHORUS?

ADULTS

Adults have two possible paths of singing with the Chorus of Westerly: 

1. The Symphonic Chorus program (auditioned)
2. The Foundations Chorus program (non-auditioned)


1. The Symphonic Chorus meets weekly on Tuesday evenings  at 7:30 pm 
and is the ensemble, with the children and teens of the Chorus of Westerly, that sings the regular Chorus of Westerly concert season. The season typically includes preparing for and performing a major choral/symphonic concert series in the late fall and late spring, another early spring-time a cappella or choral/piano type concert, Christmas Pops in December and Summer Pops in June. This is the Chorus that embarks on international tours every 4 to 5 years. 

Adults in the Symphonic Chorus are AUDITIONED by the music director on a rolling basis by appointment only (email jill@chorusofwesterly.org). Auditions consist of:
singing a prepared musical selection and a variety of vocal and aural exercises. Specific details will be offered to potential singers when they book their audition appointment. For adults to be accepted into the symphonic program, basic musicianship, singing experience, vocal quality, and a commitment to the full Chorus concert season is expected. Dues for the Symphonic Chorus are $200 for the entire season. Financial assistance and scholarship (or payment plans) is available to all singers. Visit the Symphonic Singers page for audition material and requirements. 


2. The Foundations Chorus (adults 18 and older) meets weekly on Monday evenings  from 7 to 8:30 pm. You do not have to audition to join, you can just call the office or email Jill Hirst (jill@chorusofwesterly.org) to sign-up. The Foundations Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble open to anyone regardless of your musical background, training, or ability. Anyone can be a member as long as you register and pay your membership dues. 

The Foundations Chorus goals are different from the Symphonic Chorus. First, the Foundations Chorus serves as an outlet for all those who wish to make quality music with a community of singers. Secondly, it provides a rehearsal pace that gives singers of varying abilities the time to learn repertoire and grow as musicians. And, finally, it serves as a musical training choir for adult singers, giving those who might not have a deep musical background the fundamental musicianship tools to become confident and independent musicians. The ensemble does not perform as part of the Chorus of Westerly’s main performances or as part of the regular concert season, but instead will have their own informal concerts at certain times.

Dues for the Foundations Chorus are $200 for the entire season, or $100 per semester. Financial assistance and scholarship (or payment plans) is available to all singers.



CHILDREN & TEENS
Children and teens have several paths through which to join the Chorus of Westerly or participate in one of its programs.

 

1. The Main Symphonic Program (kids ages 8 to 18/senior year of high school). The Chorus of Westerly has always included children and teens in its Symphonic Chorus ranks and invites any interested child (over age 8) to join its programs. Children and teens are NOT required to have advanced training, experience in music or singing, or any sort of formal training prior to joining the program. It is our mission to train and teach them. We do ask, however, that prospective new child and teenage singers contact the Chorus (email Jill at jill@chorusofwesterly.org) to set-up an audition time. The purpose of this relaxed audition is simply to serve as a tool for Mr. Howell to assess the child's current musical ability and voice, and then place them at the appropriate choir level within the symphonic program. Subject to the level they are placed at, they will sing most (if not all) of the concerts in the regular symphonic season (including Summer and Christmas Pops). Dues for the Symphonic Chorus are $200 for the entire season. Financial assistance and scholarship (or payment plans) is available to all singers. Visit the Children's Programs page for more information. 

2. For Grades 4/5 - Westerly & Stonington Elementary Schools. The Chorus of Westerly is running a FREE after school chorus program in every Westerly and Stonington elementary school. The school program began in Westerly at the end of September and is offered to students in grade. Stonington students in grade 5 will be able to sign up in early 2022. Parents should please contact your school office for more details and how to sign-up. At present, the schedule of what day in which school is: Mondays at Springbrook (Westerly), Tuesdays at Dunn's Corners (Westerly), Wednesdays at State Street (Westerly), and the Stonington schools to be announced.

 

Questions?

Questions can be emailed to Jill Hirst (jill@chorusofwesterly.org) or Andrew Howell (andrew@chorusofwesterly.org) or by calling 401.596.8663.