Ulster Choral Society

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 Choral Union


Lee H. Pritchard, Artistic Director
Gary Palmieri, Accompanist

There are several opportunities for interested singers to audition for the Choral Society. We always hold auditions the second Monday night after Labor Day each season, whatever that date may be. Auditions begin at 6:30 p.m. and singers must remain for the rehearsal which follows at 7:30.  Our rehearsals never last beyond 10:00 p.m. Auditions are also simple and need not be an inhibiting experience. We do our best to put all auditionees at ease. The process is always the same and is as follows:

  1. Vocalize for range and sectional placement. We always want to place singers on the most comfortable vocal part for the best range of their voice.

  2. Sing a verse of 'America' in one or more keys.

  3. Sight-read a passage of the work currently in the rehearsal process.

We are looking for seasoned choral singers not (necessarily) soloists. In fact the most important thing is that a person must have control of their voice and have a wide range of vocal expression. No one should prepare a vocal solo because we won’t hear it. Before the audition we ask potential members to fill out an application form which is retained by the organization and not shared outside the audition committee. The information we ask includes name, address, phone numbers, e-mail and background information as a singer.

In addition to the September auditions we sometimes audition singers before the January concert cycle begins. Singers are expected to commit to our organization so that they can sing every Monday night from Labor Day to Memorial Day, excluding the Christmas Holiday season, with some extensions into early June when each year the group holds its Annual Dinner and Meeting. At the Annual Meeting the group elects three new persons to its nine person Board of Directors.

As for our performance repertoire, it is extremely broad in style and time - from the Renaissance to the 21st century. In addition to the standard classics of the choral literature we sing Gregorian and other chant, we sing music from the ballet repertoire to Broadway musicals, and we sing music from Gilbert & Sullivan to Grand Opera. We sing with orchestral, organ and or piano accompaniment, and we sing a cappella. We generally use professional vocal soloists in our larger oratorio and opera programming. 

Finally, we audition singers for the Choral Union which is described elsewhere in this website. The Choral Union is basically a combination of the Ulster Choral Society of Kingston and the Camerata Chorale of Poughkeepsie with additional singers invited to perform the larger choral masterworks in the repertoire. This series of performances now occurs each season at the end of April. For more information, call (845) 399-3785 or 845-943-8962 and leave a voice mail message. Please be sure to leave your name and a phone number at which you may be reached. You may also e-mail the Director at lpritchard241@gmail.com or howemarg@aol.com.


Auditions for regular full-time membership:

Monday, September 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
(Rehearsal to follow – 7:30-10:00 p.m.) *

Redeemer Lutheran Church
104 Wurts Street, Kingston, NY

* Singers who audition must remain for the rehearsal that follows which is a part of the audition for membership. No appointment is necessary.

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