Required Audition Excerpt
*Excerpt has been updated for 2023-24 season auditions.
Prospective singers for the Cleveland Orchestra Choruses are typically asked to prepare an excerpt from a major work representative of what the chorus may need to prepare in coming seasons. Singers are provided with the relevant pages from the score and the same study tracks that chorus members will receive to prepare the work at home. This shows the director the level of your ability to study outside of and prepare for rehearsal.
The required excerpt for Cleveland Orchestra Chorus consideration is from William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. Please prepare it with the English text. Specific instructions are included on the first page of the excerpt.
Those auditioning for only the Blossom Festival Chorus, should prepare the Kyrie movement from Mozart's Requiem. If auditioning for consideration in BOTH choruses, you need only prepare the Walton excerpt.
Study tracks are provided for each voice part, as well as an accompaniment-only track.
Belshazzar's Feast Excerpt
(prepare this one for Cleveland Orchestra Chorus consideration)
Note that in the recording he helps you count where there is no accompaniment. He will not do this in the audition.
STUDY TRACKS - SLOW TEMPO
STUDY TRACKS - AUDITION TEMPO (quarter = 140)
Mozart Requiem Kyrie
(prepare this one for Blossom Festival Chorus consideration)