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Join the Choir

Members often say that CASF is the best choir they’ve ever been a part of! Joining the choir means you’ll enjoy amazing artistic direction, dedicated vocal section development and a variety of musical styles to perform. With lots of laughs at each rehearsal it’s no surprise people want to join CASF.

Audition Details

CASF is a nonprofit organization open to anyone in the community who enjoys singing. Spots for the September–May 22-23 concert season are available, particularly for tenor, baritone and bass singers. Skilled sight-readers with good vocal production are preferred.

Fall 2022 audition process

CASF is currently scheduling auditions for tenor, baritone and bass singers by appointment. We and will hold two open dates in August 2022 for membership at the beginning of the fall semester. For more information or to set up an audition time please email Artistic Director Lynn Staininger. Please include your name, voice type (bass, baritone, tenor, alto, mezzo-soprano, or soprano), and availability for a half-hour audition.

For the audition you will need to perform the following:

  1. A Solo. Your solo can be in any style which best showcases your voice. Please bring piano music in the same key.
  2. An Auditory Exercise. The director will play a sequence of 3, 5, and 7 pitches for you and you will sing them back to the best of your ability. (This part is usually kind of fun.)
  3. A Range Check. this exercise helps to confirm your voice part. (This part is super easy.)
  4. Sight Reading. (Usually the dreaded part … just breathe.) You will be asked to read your part from a choral score while the director plays the other voice parts. Sight-reading is not mandatory, but preferred.

Choral Audition FAQs

How do I know if I made it into the choir?
Pending the positive outcome of your audition (everyone survives!), you may be asked to attend a rehearsal and ‘sit-in’ as a singer. This way, you can see who we are and if you feel we are the right fit for you.

The Other Factor – Balance between the sections.
In any given semester, there may be more singers in one section than another. In order to keep a reasonable sound balance and to ensure everyone enjoys singing, the director may not accept everyone. Yet, you will be eligible to join at the first opening without a re-audition.

Might I get turned down for membership?
In some cases, a singer is not eligible for membership. Concerns may include: insufficient, improper, or damaging vocal technique; inaccurate pitch in your singing; a vocal tone that does not match the general aesthetic of the choir; or an inability to attend rehearsals due to schedule conflicts. If this is the case you will be notified at the conclusion of your audition, and if you like, recommendations for a future path to a successful audition will be offered.

Where can I learn more?
Wondering what a regular rehearsal is like or what kinds of things are expected of members? Check out our membership page to get all the details.