Open Chorus Auditions

Auditions will be held: Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1pm – 5pm, and Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1:30pm – 5pm
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers, Portland OR, 97214

Candidates should prepare and memorize two selections in different languages, one of which must be an opera aria in Italian, German, or French. The remaining selection may be an art song or an oratorio excerpt. Singers should be prepared to sight-sing a simple choral excerpt. An accompanist will be provided; auditionees may bring their own pianist if desired.

The Sight-Singing Test: A test of sight-singing forms part of the audition for all prospective choristers. Satisfactory completion of the sight-singing audition will, for the most part, exempt the chorister from future sight-singing auditions. In some cases, a singer may be provisionally accepted into the chorus despite an unsatisfactory sight-singing audition.

How Your Audition Will Be Judged: Auditions are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • a demonstrated level of musicianship with attention to correct pitch, rhythm, dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation
  • solid vocal technique
  • appropriate diction in the common operatic languages
  • large enough sound to carry in the theater
  • an appropriate choral sound according to the artistic standard set by the General Director
  • the ability to blend the voice
  • stage presence
  • dramatic sensibility

Portland Opera Chorus is an AGMA chorus

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:
Auditions are by appointment only. Please send your resume and headshot to auditions@portlandopera.org. You will be notified by December 15 if you have been granted an audition.

ABOUT PORTLAND OPERA

OUR MISSION
Our mission is to inspire, challenge and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
At Portland Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we are an equal opportunity employer. POA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We invite you to join us on our journey.

Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer