Welcome to the Greenwich Choral Society
Website Auditions Page
We are delighted that you are
interested in GCS! You might enjoy reading what we’ve been doing for the last
91 years on our website at the GCS History page. Scroll to the end to see the most recent concerts. We’ve been busy, but we’re
always looking for new singers to join us! And join us at our Vivaldi Sing, to take place on Sept. 13th.
Auditions are held each year in
September and January.
Fall 2016 new member auditions will
take place on Tuesday Sept. 6 and
Wednesday Sept. 14 starting at 6:00; as well as Saturday Sept. 10 and 17
starting at 10 AM.
If you are an amateur or trained
singer with previous choral experience and are interested in auditioning for GCS,
please contact Bill Fulton, GCS Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition time. We appreciate your
interest in us!
What to Expect at your
You will be asked to sing 1-on-1 for
GCS Music Director, Paul F. Mueller. Expect to do some vocalizing in order to warm-up
and determine range and quality. This will be followed by some sight-reading exercises.
If possible, bring a copy of a favorite hymn or folk-song to sing at the
audition (or offer to sing your part from a choral work that you know
well.) If you simply don’t have access
to any music, skip this step and just bring your voice! The audition will be
relaxed and informative for you and the Music Director, taking about 15 minutes.
You’ll be notified of the outcome within the week.
How to Prepare for your Audition
The main purpose of the audition is
to determine vocal range, vocal quality and skills. Assuming that everyone is a
bit “rusty” in September, the best way to prepare for the audition is to
vocalize briefly...about 10-15 minutes each day for a week prior to the
audition. Use your favorite exercises that you may have learned in other choral
settings. Certainly avoid singing for lengthy periods of time the day of the
audition or the day before! If you fear
that your sight-reading skills are weak, do not let that deter you. We know that everyone is nervous in an
audition and that everyone will do better when not under pressure. We’ve all
been through it, too!
Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7:15 – 9:30 pm in the Daniel’s Center at First
Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT. Singers are
expected to attend rehearsals in their entirety; concert dress rehearsals are
mandatory. Participation in concerts is contingent upon rehearsal attendance. Singers
must contact their section leaders about absences. We recognize that business
and family commitments sometimes interfere with Tuesday rehearsal attendance,
so we have intermittent Saturday morning “make-up” rehearsals, popular because
of added rehearsal time and snacks! Members who miss more than three rehearsals
in a given concert rehearsal period will be required to sing for and/or speak
with the Music Director to determine if the singer is adequately prepared for
the performance. All Members are expected to sing in every scheduled
performance unless an exception is granted.
Membership dues for the season are
$175 and must be paid by the fourth Tuesday rehearsal.
Payment of dues is a condition for participation in performances with GCS.
Singers may apply for an extended payment plan and a limited number of partial
scholarships may also be available. Scholarship recipients are expected to
participate in volunteer activities benefiting GCS, as agreed upon with our GCS
Still have questions about auditions? Feel free to email GCS Registrar
Bill Fulton at email@example.com .