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Information for Returning and Potential Singers

Audition Information (for University Chorus and Chamber Chorus only):

Auditions will be held August 25 – August 27, 2021.

  • Wed. 8/25, 3pm-9pm – Morrison 250
  • Thurs. 8/26, 3pm-9pm – Morrison 250
  • Fri. 8/27, 11am-6:30pm – Morrison 250

To sign up for an audition, please fill out the Choir Audition Form (no walk-ins allowed).

  • Returning University Chorus members do not need to re-audition unless they wish to join Chamber Chorus.
  • All Chamber Chorus members, both new and returning, will need to audition.

Private Voice Lesson Program (Music 168B and Music 167B):

  • To qualify for private lessons, you must participate in either University or Chamber Chorus.
  • Students interested in participating in Music 168B (voice lessons for music majors) and Music 167B (lessons for non-music majors) should sign up for an audition slot. Please read the information about the 168B and 167B program. 
  • Audition requirements are listed under Chamber Chorus.
  • Important: ALL members need approval from the director BEFORE filling out the 167/168 online application, as spots are limited and participation will be determined based on your audition. An email will be sent out on Friday, August 27 if you are accepted into the lesson program.

Due to auditions, there will be no rehearsals the first week of class. Rehearsals start the week of August 30. Results will be emailed out and posted on the main floor Morrison bulletin board by 4pm on August 30.

Music 167B and Music 168B:

Regardless of which chorus you would like to join, please follow audition requirements listed under Chamber Chorus below.

University Chorus:

Audition Description:

  • Each audition will last 10 minutes. Singers will be asked to:
    • Vocalize and sing scales with the director to demonstrate their range.
    • Sight-read one or more short musical excerpts to determine musical ear and sight-reading skills.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes before your audition time.
  • If you are absolutely unable to audition before the first rehearsal, please attend the first rehearsal anyway and we will audition you then.
  • NOTE: Based on your audition, we may ask you to also enroll in Music 14 (vocal technique class, W 5-6pm) in order to participate in the chorus. More info about the course here.

Chamber Chorus:

Audition Description:

  • Each audition will last 10 minutes. Singers will be asked to:
    • Vocalize and sing scales with the director to demonstrate their range.
      • Note: Returning Chamber Chorus members may skip this part.
    • Sight-read one or more short musical excerpts to determine musical ear and sight-reading skills.
    • Perform a prepared song (aria, art song, folk song, hymn, or other appropriate selection) of your choice, either with accompaniment or a cappella. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring 3 copies of the sheet music.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes before your audition time.
  • If you are absolutely unable to audition before the first rehearsal, please attend the first rehearsal anyway. However, it is very possible that all slots will have already been filled.

If you have any questions, please contact Wei Cheng, Director at weicheng1@berkeley.edu and Jennifer Liu at jenliu2@berkeley.edu.