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Join the Choir

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

Choral Audition Details

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick (CASF) is a nonprofit organization open to anyone in the community who enjoys singing. Openings for the full year (September – May) concert season are available, particularly for bass singers. New members may audition for the choir at the beginning of each session (September & January). Skilled sight-readers with good vocal production are preferred.

CASF Audition Process

Schedule a fall 2021 audition for August!

Auditions are typically held at the beginning of each semester in room F-145 of the Arts Center on the Frederick Community College campus. This year, CASF will hold both in-person and online auditions beginning in August.

For more information or to set up an audition time please email Artistic Director Lynn Staininger with your name, voice type (bass, baritone, tenor, alto, mezzo-soprano, or soprano), and availability for a half-hour audition in August.

For the audition you will be asked 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. While sight-reading is not mandatory it is 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 be unable to accept you in a given semester due to a balance concern. However, you will be eligible to join at the first opening without a re-audition.
 
Might I be 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.