The Cornell University Chorale is open to the general public. Whether you are a student, a faculty or a community member, you are welcomed to sign up for an audition.
The Cornell University Chorale holds auditions jointly with the Cornell University Chorus, the Cornell University Glee Club, and the Cornell Chamber Singers. Auditions are held during Orientation Week before the fall semester and during the first week of classes during the spring semester. You can sign up in advance at http://sage.music.cornell.edu. Scheduling your audition in advance is highly recommended, but walk-in auditions are generally allowed if the audition schedule permits.
The Audition Process
Each singer is evaluated individually according to vocal range, pitch-matching ability, and sight-reading skill, demonstrated through a series of guided exercises. There is no need to prepare anything. Sight-reading skill is not a prerequisite for joining Chorale.
All auditionees will be notified of their results by email within a week, and a list of new Chorale members will be posted on this website.
What is the difference between the different singing groups at Cornell? Which one is right for me?
In addition to Chorale, there are Cornell University Chorus, Cornell University Glee Club and Cornell University Chamber Singers. Chorale is the largest in size among the four. It is mixed and open to public. Chorale focuses more on skill development and has lower time commitment. Go to SingatCornell.com to read more about choral opportunities offered here.
What is the time commitment like being a member of the Chorale?
We hold rehearsal every Friday from 4:30pm to 6:45pm. There will be one performance at the end of each semester. To find out more about the typical Chorale schedule and time commitment, go to Schedule.
When/where can I hear the Chorale sing to find out what the Chorale sounds like?
You can go to Listen to hear recordings of past concerts.