Join the Charleston Symphony Chorus
About the Chorus and our Rehearsal schedules:
The Charleston Symphony Chorus is an all-volunteer, auditioned chorus that serves the greater Charleston area. We are actively seeking new members in all sections as we grow to meet the requirements of our new performance hall and the expanding expectations of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director, Maestro Ken Lam. We are looking for folks with broad choral experience who are willing to spend the time to perform at the highest levels of artistic expression in challenging choral arrangements. We generally rehearse from 7-9 PM on Tuesday evenings during the performance season (late-August through early June, but hours are subject to change). We rehearse at the Cato Arts Center at the College of Charleston (corner of Calhoun and St. Philips Streets), on the second floor, immediately above the Halsey Gallery. We have access to free parking on our regular rehearsal nights.
Our music director is Dr. Rob Taylor, who also serves as the Director of Choral Studies at the College of Charleston, among numerous other acclaimed choirs he leads. Our repertoire is traditionally choral/orchestral work, and we perform alongside the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. We also perform in early June with the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra and Westminster (college) Choir, under the direction of Dr Joe Miller, artistic director for choral activities of Spoleto Festival USA and conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Auditions are scheduled on Tuesday evenings, and should take no more than 10 minutes.
Please bring two copies of a short classical/choral solo piece for the audition (one for you and one for our accompanist). You may be asked to sing about one to three minutes of it. Sight reading of a hymn also will be included. (The pianist will play the other three parts of the hymn; you will sing your part.) The audition also will include some scales, intervals and dynamics to determine your vocal skills, range, ability to sing on pitch and blend.
There are periods of open enrollment for auditions, and periods when the Chorus is closed to new members (as we get close to performances). So please understand if you’re asked to wait to audition.
Upcoming auditions dates:
Expectations of Chorus Members:
The annual dues to sing with the Charleston Symphony Chorus is $50. Our singers are also strongly encouraged to help sell tickets or other activities in support of our mission. It is expected that all singers will attend all regular rehearsals and 100% of all dress rehearsals for a performance. Attendance is tracked and used to determine eligibility in performing in a given concert. Absence from three rehearsals or the dress rehearsal will preclude participation in that concert.
Our members are young and old, and everything in-between. We share one thing in common, and that’s a passion for singing and sharing fine choral music with the community. That’s what has kept this Chorus strong for over 30 years.
Still interested in joining the CSO Chorus?
Please click the link below in order to fill out an audition form.
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We hope you can join us!