Interested in joining the Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont? Occasionally openings become available so we encourage singers with significant choral experience to read the information below and consider auditioning.
Before You Audition
If you feel you are a good fit with Bella Voce's type of music (check out our recordings on this site), send an email outlining your previous choral experience and any private vocal or instrumental study you have had to firstname.lastname@example.org. All singers selected for an audition will be sent the choir’s schedule in advance, and are asked to check for potential conflicts for the upcoming year. Joining Bella Voce involves a significant (and rewarding) commitment.
At the Audition
Auditions generally about 15 minutes and will include the following:
1. A solo of your choice which will be sung unaccompanied. Selections should demonstrate the expressive range and flexibility of the singer’s voice. Any genre of classical repertoire is acceptable including arias, art songs, spirituals and folk songs. (Please bring an additional copy of the music with you to the audition.)
2. The Star Spangled Banner in a key of your choice, unaccompanied
3. A short sight singing exercise
4. A few major scales that demonstrate vocal range, dynamic nuances, vibrato control, and pitch/intonation accuracy.
Classical choral experience required
Bella Voce generally performs challenging classical choral repertoire and auditions are limited to singers with significant choral experience. A number of Bella Voce members currently sing in 2-3 ensembles. Over 50% of the chorus currently study voice privately. Women requesting audition appointments will be asked to list their previous choral experience.
If you are accepted
Successful candidates will be invited to join Bella Voce for a probationary period which may last for four to six months, at which time the Artistic Director will inform the singer of her status. When accepted into Bella Voce, singers will be asked to agree to the terms of the singer’s manual. Any singer who has been on leave for more than one season will be asked to re-audition prior to rejoining the choir.
Bella Voce performs two major annual concerts (two performances of each) as well as several other special events.