The Houston Masterworks Chorus is an auditioned chorus of dedicated singers who simply love to make beautiful music.
We are delighted that you are interested in auditioning for the Houston Masterworks Chorus.
*HMC is currently holding online auditions.
If you would like to send a video, we are accepting video uploads via Zoom, Facetime or Skype.
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Please email Paulo.Gomes@Houstonmasterworks.org for more information.
We believe that choral fulfillment comes from singing challenging and interesting music and singing it well. HMC performs diverse musical masterworks, showcases new compositions and talent, and moves people out of the ordinary. We are looking for musicians who are singers, we hold ourselves to the highest musical standards. If you are an experienced choral singer, we encourage you to audition.
To maintain our HMC high standard, we believe each member should be listened to every two years.
We expect that every singer has:
- An ability to understand a music score in terms of notes, dynamics and score markings.
- Study the music before each rehearsal, sing in tune and with good tonal quality.
- Sing all concerts during the season.
- Purchase their own music, pay annual dues of $100 (waived through May 2021), purchase concert attire, if necessary.
The audition process will consist of three required components: vocalizing, singing a solo and sight-singing.
- We will vocalize with you and you are welcome to share your personal warm-up if you prefer, showing your upper and lower range and intonation.
Sing a solo piece (The piece should be 3 minutes maximum. Please bring two copies, one for the accompanist and one for the panel).
- We suggest that you choose a piece that is comfortable for your vocal range, that you like to sing, possibly an art song, hymn, oratorio or opera.
- You will be asked to sight-read a short choral excerpt with accompaniment. You may use solfege, numbers, or neutral syllable, according to your preference.
- You will have time to practice the sight-reading excerpt out loud and we will observe your sight-reading process. We expect mistakes, starts and stops, so do not worry if your rendition is not perfect.
*You will sing for a panel of one-to-three people who will score the audition individually, determining your membership to join Houston Masterworks Chorus.
To start the audition process, please fill out the audition form below.