Open Chorus Auditions

Auditions will be held: Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
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

Auditions are by appointment only. Please send your resume and headshot to You will be notified if you have been granted an audition by February 14, 2020.


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