Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus To Hold Auditions

by Tucson Symphony

TSO Chorus Featured on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

(Tucson, AZ)—The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus—Bruce Chamberlain, Director—will hold auditions Saturday, January 27 for new chorus members. All performances are with the TSO.

Now in its sixteenth season, the TSO Chorus will be featured on the 2017-18 Season Finale when Music Director José Luis Gomez conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, known for the resounding “Ode to Joy.”

This season, the TSO Chorus was featured on Messiah, The Magic of Christmas and will be heard this month on Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish.” In a recent season, the Green Valley News and Sun called their performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, “the epitome of phrasing, intonation and balance,” and added, “The four months Professor Chamberlain spent preparing the chorus rewarded the audience in many ways.”

Founding Director of the TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Director of the Fred Fox School of Music bringing to these positions 40 years of professional experience. Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (Texas), Jackson (Tennessee), Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra (Brno), Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa, New York City Chamber Orchestra,  and the SoliAll Philharmonic and Ryul Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Korea. Chamberlain is a summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s and Doctor of Music degrees.

Now is your chance to sing with a full orchestra and with fellow chorus members. Singers should have basic musicianship and be able to adapt to various repertoire. They should prepare two choral excerpts downloaded from the website and a solo piece from the art song or oratorio repertoire. The two choral excerpts, which are to be prepared before coming to the audition, can be downloaded at http://www.tucsonsymphony.org/about-tso/orchestra/tso-chorus.An accompanist will be provided.

Rehearsals are scheduled for the Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., on Monday evenings throughout the season beginning January 29.

In addition to the opportunity to make high-level music with Tucson’s best choral and orchestral musicians, benefits of singing in the TSO Chorus include complimentary tickets to select Classics and TSO SuperPops! concerts. Chorus members also receive free parking when they performing.

For more information and to schedule an audition email auditions@tucsonsymphony.org.

Contact: Terry Marshall, Public Relations Manager, 520.620.9158