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  • DO I HAVE TO AUDITION TO BE IN A CHOIR?

    Yes. The audition is our opportunity to acquaint ourselves with your singing voice in order to determine the best placement for you.


    WHAT CHOIRS ARE THERE AND WHEN DO THEY REHEARSE?

    Chapel Choir (MUSIC 060)
    Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:00-2:50 p.m. & Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15 p.m.
    One Credit
    Director: Dr. Lynda Hasseler

    This select mixed ensemble is the Conservatory's most advanced choir and is recognized as one of the outstanding elite college choral groups in the nation. The Chapel Choir tours both nationally and internationally. Their most recent concert tours include South Africa, Ireland, Colorado, Florida, Washington D.C., Chicago and Carnegie Hall in NYC. Travel for the Chapel Choir this year includes performing a concert with orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as some other exciting plans to be announced.  

    Choral Union (MUSIC 062)
    Monday 7:00-9:30 p.m.
    One Credit
    Director: Dr. Lynda Hasseler

    The Choral Union is another select mixed ensemble including university students, both music majors and non-music majors and Capital alumni, (including several Chapel Choir alumni) as well as singers from throughout the Columbus area. The Choral Union presents their own concerts as well as joint concerts with the Chapel Choir, Women's Chorus and the Chordsmen. The Choral Union will also be part of the Carnegie Hall concert. 

    Women's Chorus (MUSIC 064)
    Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45 p.m.
    One Credit
    Director: Dr. Laura Kitchel

    This ensemble of women's voices performs a variety of sacred and secular choral literature and presents their own concerts as well as joint concerts with the Chapel Choir, Choral Union and the Chordsmen. 

    Chordsmen (MUSIC 070-10)
    Wednesday/Sunday 7:30-8:45 p.m.
    One Credit
    Director: TBD

    This ensemble of men's voices performs a variety of sacred and secular choral literature and presents their own concerts as well as joint concerts with the Chapel Choir, Choral Union and Women's Chorus. 

    Philomel (MUSIC 070-12)
    Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    One Credit
    Director: Dr. Lynda Hasseler

    This chamber vocal ensemble of 8-14 singers for mixed voices both traditional and a cappella music from Renaissance madrigals to jazz and contemporary/pop music, (including arrangements by the Pentatonix and other similar a cappella groups). They present their own concerts as well as perform at other special events/concerts and festivals. 


    HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION?

    Audition sign ups will be done online. Sign up for a time online.

    You will need to sign up in order to schedule a time. It is a very simple process, which will take less than a minute!

    Try to take the earliest time: Later times fill up and sometimes there is an overflowing demand the last day before rehearsals start.


    WHERE DO CHORAL AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE?

    Choral auditions take place in Dr. Hasseler's office 208 Mees Hall. It's on the second floor on the Kerns Chapel (the building with the big cross in front!) side of Mees.


    WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION?

    Auditionees may also choose to prepare a song for their audition, and if so, may be asked to sing it. Art songs should be of a lyrical nature, and demonstrate the most beautiful part of the auditionee's range. (Note: Prepared songs are not required, and not preparing one will have no effect on your chances of being accepted into a Capital Choir.


    WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE FOR MY SCHEDULED AUDITION?

    Plan to arrive 10 minutes early so that you can fill out your audition form.


    WHAT HAPPENS IN A TYPICAL AUDITION?

    If you have a prepared piece, you will perform that first. Following that, a few quick exercises are done to determine the singer's vocal range, tonal memory, and sight-reading skills. After completing any and all rounds of auditions in which a student gets invited to participate, the ensemble lists will be posted.


    WHAT DO I DO IF I DON'T HAVE A "PREPARED PIECE"?

    Do not worry. We have a number of familiar patriotic songs and folk songs at the audition that you can sing or you can sing any song that you may know. We just want to hear how your voice sounds so we can recommend the right choir for you.


    WILL THERE BE AN ACCOMPANIST?

    Yes. We provide an accompanist for your audition.


    DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME TO THE AUDITON?

    If you have a prepared piece, please bring your music.


    I AM NOT GOOD AT SIGHTREADING. DO I HAVE TO DO IT?

    Sight-reading is a part of the audition. We realize not everyone has been trained to sight-read so just do the best you can. By going through the process, this will help us find the right choir for you.


    HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CHOIR TO SCHEDULE?

    You will know what choir you have been placed into when the lists are posted on August 22.


    MUST I BE A MUSIC MAJOR TO BE IN A CHOIR?

    Absolutely not! In fact, in some groups there are more non-majors than majors. We have countless singers each year who major in something other than music. All students are encouraged and welcomed to audition regardless of experience or perceived ability level. All groups, including the Chapel Choir, usually have non-majors among their members. If you like to sing, there's a Capital Choir for you!


    CAN I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE CHOIR?

    Yes. The audition process is designed to take each singer through a series of rounds to determine his/her best and most appropriate choir placement. All singers are initially considered for all choirs. Final placements are determined by considering singer interest, audition performance, and schedule availability.


    CAN I AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE VOICE PART?

    Yes. Each singer is thoroughly tested to determine his/her most appropriate voice part. The decision is made by considering the singer’s vocal range, color, and tone clarity.


    DO WE REGISTER FOR THE CHOIR BEFORE AUDITIONS, OR DO WE WAIT UNTIL WE KNOW WHICH CHOIR WE ARE IN?

    Most students will wait until auditions are over and the final rosters are posted before registering for the class. Once the rosters have been determined, the directors of each ensemble will submit their roster to the Registrar, who will then add the ensemble to your schedule. It is each student’s responsibility to verify their ensemble has been added to their schedule.


    I HAVE A CLASS CONFLICT WITH THE CHOIR I HAVE BEEN PLACED IN. WHAT DO I DO?

    Do not panic. Many class conflicts can be managed and you may be able to find another section or sections that will fit your schedule and allow you take choir. Talk with your choir conductor if you need help.