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Auditions

SD Master Chorale auditions are now closed.

Founded in 1961, the San Diego Master Chorale is a 130+ voice chorus of San Diego County residents. The SD Master Chorale is a hybrid choir made up of primarily Volunteer Singers and a paid core of Staff Singers. Repertoire performed by the Chorale spans from symphonic to chamber works, sacred music to Broadway, and masterworks to contemporary choral works.

The SD Master Chorale will hold auditions for new singers in San Diego for the 2024-25 Season in early 2024. Audition applications for both Volunteer Singers and paid Staff Singers are now open for tenor and bass voices (soprano and alto sections are full at this time). 

Please review the following Audition FAQs for information about becoming a Chorale member.

Audition Timeline

Applications: applications from Tenor and Bass voices will be accepted for both Volunteer and paid Staff Singer positions.

Applications to audition are now closed. To be considered for an audition, please apply through the Audition Request Form and submit your pre-screen materials by December 15, 2023.

Audition Dates: January 22, 2024 and February 24-25, 2024 in San Diego, California.

Audition FAQs

Weekly rehearsals are typically held Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. There will be additional rehearsals during the week preceding each concert, and sectional rehearsals may be scheduled, as needed.

To be considered for an audition, you will complete an Audition Request Form. Audition details for the 2024-25 Season will be added on this page later this summer.

In addition to your initial audition, all members of the Chorale are re-auditioned on a regular basis, generally every two years. An individual may also be asked to re-audition if he/she misses one or more entire concert sets.

Concert week rehearsals are mandatory and the maximum number of missed rehearsals for any concert is two. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Music Director, but only with advance notice.

Practicing difficult or assigned passages between rehearsals is an essential duty of all singers. The Music Director may assign musical checkpoints and evaluate your individual preparedness on assigned portions of the score.

We have two sets of concert attire, one for formal concerts and one for informal concerts.

Yes, Chorale members are required to pay annual dues each year. Dues waivers are available for any singer for whom this may be a financial hardship.

The musical success of the organization depends upon your dedication to the ensemble and sense of workmanship with the scores. When a singer accepts an offer of Chorale membership, it implies a desire to collaborate with the musical staff and fellow singers in the spirit of cooperation necessary to meet the standards set by the Music Director, professional orchestras, and conductors with whom the Chorale often joins forces.

The Chorale’s Paid Staff Singers draw upon San Diego residents who are experienced professionals or emerging, highly trained singers who are interested in singing in a choral setting and taking on a leadership role within the Chorale. If you would like to audition as a Paid Staff Singer in the Chorale, please indicate on the Audition Request Form that you are interested in auditioning as a Paid Staff Singer. Audition details for the 2025-26 Season will be added on this page later this summer.

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